Well, when I retired from the military as well as the general rat race, I barely suspected that I would do the almost cliched thing and take up gardening as one of my little hobbies. But after we lucked into home ownership in the Eastern Oregon town where we grew up, we have started at least experimenting with different things to grow and cultivate. So, I would not call this a garden yet, but after tossing stuff out there over the past half decade since we moved back here, I think that we can legitimately claim to have a garden next year, and are formulating a plan as we go along how the front and back yards will be set up next year.
So far, we have had promising success with sunflowers, tomatoes (of course), bell peppers (also of course), cannabis, chives, scallions, and leeks. We also have successfully germinated an avacado seed and now have a young tree growing in the kitchen, plus the ever prevalent spider plants. Some of the things we are growing are not involving enough to really do anything like a major feature here, though they will have their own just in case. The leeks, chives, and scallions will be in one section, called Onionkin, and the peppers and tomatoes will be filed under Nightshade. Thus far, in our experiments, there are three that will be featured majorly here: sunflowers, cannabis, and the wild rose bush out in the front yard. The other stuff will get their pages updated when and if anything interesting concerning them comes up.
Here is an overview of what we have been doing this past Summer. Next year, I will be documenting and showing much more of this stuff early on and sharing our works as they develop, and may even have a few time lapse videos to show off for major projects and grows.
The garden here is going to be the starting point for my Noobs Helping Noobs concept, in which, I as a general noob concerning a lot of interests and hobbies will be sharing my own learning and insights in hopes other noobs can benefit and share themselves as you all learn and grow along with me. Because remember, no matter how experienced and knowledgeable you may be, you can always pick up and learn new things if you maintain that beginner's mindset. And mark my words, for at least two of the three major features here, there is still plenty to learn and discover.
So, why am I suddenly into gardening and growing? Well, I have realized that there is something extremely satisfying about the entire process of creating, nurturing, and cultivating living things, and learning new stuff in the process. Looking at the sunflowers that are entering their final stages for the season, or the cannabis plants with their buds ripening and seeds developing for future projects, or the peppers going from green to yellow to orange or red; I just can't help but smile at the thought that our labors made this, something to add to the planet's beauty as well as be useful to us, friends and family, and the local critters even. And this year was mostly half assed efforts by and large (next year, instead of half assed, we will make a better effort to use both cheeks instead). I am already imagining how the next season will go, and thinking about how we are going to get stuff ready in advance over the winter for next year's projects. It should be even better and prettier next season.