Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: The land of Nod
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Hello, My maiden name is Gardner and I have no idea what I am doing.
Is this the 12-step program for really uneducated gardeners? Can I join? I have seeds in pretty little packets and a 10x10 garden plot and no idea what to do next!
I live in the city and have been endowed with a beautiful (beautiful is subjective--it is actually pretty ugly right now. I see the beauty in its potential...) garden plot in a community garden. I'm sure the soil is crap. I have to figure out how to keep the neighborhood kids from 1) running through my plot and 2) stealing all my stuff.
I have been reading the recent threads about soil, compost and such and still feel like I'm a doof. So I get some Brown Kow in a yellow bag and spread it around, then plant my seeds? Then someone said I should put newspaper or straw down? Can anyone give me a step-by-step way of getting my soil ready for planting?
As far as planting is concerned, I am going with flowers. Can't remember their names, but they are all very pretty. I read about the ones that need full and partial shade and I drew out where they should go based on how much sun they will get (I'm very proud of my drawing). I got a little trowel, a shovel and one of those knee-pad thingys. Oh, I also got some garden gloves and a handy tote. (Are you laughing? That isn't fair.)
Help this nincompoop. I want to be in the cool kids garden club.
Can I rig up a laser-beam security system for my garden? Or does that infringe on the kiddos human rights? I can just see myself becoming this garden-nazi: sitting in my plot at night armed with a shovel and some ready-to-fling compost...