I’m fairly certain that my gardening “technique” mirrors my life “technique”. And by that, I mean it’s largely organized chaos with far too much going on, and a general “roll with it as you go” mentality.
Every year I have spent in Maryland, I try to improve and get a little better at gardening. Unlike many in my family, I was not blessed with a green thumb, or at very least, I can say it hasn’t come naturally. Living in Maryland, I have come to realize the importance of light direction and strongly believe that every apartment I lived in in New York City had small windows that always faced the “death” direction- no matter what direction they were in. I never had any success with any plants in the city.
While I like reading, I don’t like reading directions, be it blasted Ikea furniture assembly, or researching tips on the best ways to deter pests. Instead, I see, I do, I ask around, maybe research solutions and then I react. This same principle applies to my gardening as well. If I had simply sat down and fully researched gardening techniques and tricks I’d probably be a lot further along than I am now but as it is, I’m feeling pretty good about this year. I’ve learned a lot in trial and error over previous years and this year Mr. C and I decided to dive on in and successfully started dozens of vegetables and herbs from seed and now find ourselves with the delightful (?) problem of having too many plants.