I was reading blogs the other day and I noticed a lot of people were talking about adding plants to their gardens this fall. I know late summer sales have passed here locally, and I did not go near any places where plants might be…..the reason why…… I am a plantaholic!
I am a person that does not like clutter in my home, but I married a man who is a pack rat. He can not throw anything away. Over the years if we wanted to throw something away/give it to Goodwill we would have to sneak it out of the house since he would inevitably say,” Wait, don’t throw that away, I can find a use for that…” That is a great way to be, but only if you actually use the stuff you save! I use to tell him, “You need another house for all your stuff.”……oh how easy it is to look at someone else and see their faults, which often are things, you don’t like about yourself….. I packrat plants on our property. I have food growing in as many places as I can find. This year, I have been wondering where I can put cranberry bushes. I thought they are short and handle some shade, and would taste so good…hmmm, but do I have the room… I have been thinking lately, maybe I need another yard for all my plants! I am a plantaholic!
The other day I was helping my neighbor solve a landscape problem in her yard. As we walked through her yard for a bit, to help come up with a solution, I looked up at our lot (my property sits a bit higher than hers) and thought, “Wow, my yard is filled from corner to corner with plants! I do not have any lawn to speak( squash is running everywhere this time of year) of and I am glad that we do not anymore, but looking up at my lot it was evident……., “I am a plantaholic!
Well, she had to look no further since I had a plant stuffed in my yard that needed to be free! It needed to spread its branches and it could not in my plant-packed-lot. It will look great covering another neighbor’s weedy area that she was tired of looking at when she sat on her porch. I realized as I returned to my yard, I have everything I need and I really don’t need any more perennials, fruit bushes, or dwarf fruit trees( enough food for everyone)… I have to learn to NOT open plant catalogs with those beautiful pictures. I do not go to any plant stores unless it is for tools, dirt, fertilizer etc. I feel I have my problem somewhat under control…but now I have a new problem….
I have become an annual “seedaholic”…this is one problem I don’t need to get over since it is manageable! Right? If you think about it seeds are perfect! They don’t take up much space, cost a lot of money, it is endless how many you can collect, you can trade, share, and save money by keeping your own seeds! You will never be bored since they are different sizes, shapes, colors and challenging to save(something new to learn) each year…..As I plan my garden next year, I wonder what new heirloom eggplant, tomato, bean, lettuce or herb I just have to try next year….all I need is a seed and I will always have a new plant to enjoy.
Becoming a “seedaholic” is perfect for someone trying to grow food on city lots. I can produce many new varieties each year, save the seed to my city’s climate.
I have a seed saving rotation, I just grow one variety out each year and then save all the seed. If a seed is “viable” for 3-8 yrs, I can produce many new vegetable, herbs and annual flowers to rotate in my small Urban Potager. I don’t have to recover from this addiction since it will help others, for example, I will save seeds that are acclimated to our area and share with others:-)