And plant pretty summer flowers instead!
Ok, here’s the story. When I was living back East, I was able to grow a flourishing vegetable garden. I rarely did any research or even read the seed packages, but with a little love and attention, my garden was bountiful and delicious because of the fertile conditions and long growing season there. I remember in June of 2011 having so much extra kale in my garden that I had to bag it up and give it away to friends because we simply could not eat it all fast enough.
Case in point – Here is a photo of us being smoochyface in our garden in late May 2012.
Fast forward to July 2013, our first summer in Denver. My little veggie patch is very pitiful.
So sad, right?
I planted my seeds the first week of May after the blizzards of April had finally ceased. Perhaps I was too late. Thad built me this nice little raised bed, we filled it with great compost and soil and made sure the drainage was sufficient. I watered my seeds regularly and when they didn’t seem to sprout, I even planted more. But no luck.
I’ve since learned that the only people I know with successful veggie gardens here start with seedlings. Next year, I will definitely be going that route.
I’ve also discovered that my water conservation technique of collecting rainwater from our gutters might be the culprit. Yesterday I noticed all this yucky foamy stuff coming out of the drainpipe so for all I know, I’ve been dousing my poor baby greens with toxic waste. So much for trying to be water conscious – from here on out, I’m watering these little suckers from the tap.
Anyways, walking past my empty raised bed every day has been bringing me down, so I decided to splurge, go to the nursery and fill the holes with bright, big, cheery (and hardy!) summer flowers. Now I have some lovely summery blooms to cut for arrangements and I don’t feel so depressed about my failed garden anymore. Yay!
Hoping for better veggie luck next year – fingers crossed!
Flowers make everything better.
Love and Blessings,