Confession: I can’t keep anything green alive.
When we first moved into our house, the front/back yard was alive with bushes, flowers, and even a basil plant.
And then, everything died.
Turns out, just looking at your plants and splashing them with water won’t do much. There’s maintenance involved, which I was not willing to put in. So instead of trying to revive them, I got a few indoor succulents because I heard they were easy. Aaand, you guessed it — most of them died. Mainly because of a lack of sunlight. Currently, only my cactus remains (and you have to be stupid to kill a cactus … right?).
I had given up on trying to keep anything else alive, but a couple of months ago my sister-in-law Daniela gave me some of her leftover wildflower seeds. It took this long to actually plant them, since I had to pull out all of the dead weeds and fertilize the soil first. That part was killer. It resulted in super achy muscles and a bad tan. And so many spiders. (I HATE spiders. Just last week, I cried because I found a huge brown widow on the shower curtain when I was pulling it shut. It was inches away from my nose. Paul felt bad that I cried, and he killed it for me.)
Anyways, I decided to start with a small patch in the front yard first, so I wouldn’t be disappointed in my black thumb. Here’s what the process looked like from start ’til now:
The ugly weeds, rocks, and trash
De-weeded, soil is fertilized and seeds are planted
Leaves are sprouting, yay!
This is about 2 weeks later. Still no flowers.
But lots of leaves. I’ll post an update once something blooms.
I’m pretty proud of “my little garden,” though there’s nothing blooming in there yet. And even if flowers never bloom, I’ll be happy with these little green sprouts. I just hope that I won’t get lazy and I’ll be able to maintain them this time. I’m planning to plant flowers along the entire front of the house as well. Maybe try herbs next?
Oh, and our neighbor’s cat must hate me, cuz he poops in my garden all the time. Is cat poop a fertilizer?
UPDATE! We’ve got flowers!