I was not going to do it again this year. I've proved over and over again that I have a black thumb. The blackest.
Then, along came my birthday and my mom wanted to know what I wanted in the way of a gift certificate. Mom knows me well. If she just gave me cash I'd probably spend it on lunch or electricity or shots for the dog. She wanted to give me something that would be a gift. I gave it a little thought.
I'm not a clothes girl. Or a jewelry girl. I am a home improvement girl, but I would do that anyway. I'm not having much time for crafty stuff just yet. Then this little teaser in my brain said What about gardening stuff?
I tried to push that thought away. After all, I've proved myself a dismal failure at gardening - unless, like my front bed, it's stuff you just can't kill. But the thought kept coming back, so I went online and looked at stuff that was outside my experience in gardening. I looked at hydroponics - which looked interesting, but was way too expensive to set up. And I looked at other container gardening methods (did you know you can set up your own little eco-system in the garage with growlights and reflective material and watering systems? Actually, I guess anyone who's grown their own pot would know that, but it was a new idea to me.) But really, inside gardening sort of defeats the purpose of gardening to me - spending time outside and in the sunshine. Then, I found it. I called Mom and said I want a certificate to Espositos!
This is what I found. I took my generous certificate to Espositos and mercilessly grilled a helpful young man who had a surprising amount of knowledge. I told him my difficulties of the past and what I was hoping to accomplish with my EarthBox. He told me about stuff for hornworms and stuff for aphids, which seem to be my most persistent pests. He didn't have an EarthBox himself, but knew people who had great success with it and thought it might be a good choice for me. Sold. The sign on the display says anyone can grow things in an EarthBox... no matter what color their thumb is. We'll see.
Yellow Squash Thai Dragon Pepper
Habanero Pepper Yellow Squash
This may turn out to be too crowded. I'll wait and see. Maybe I'll need to buy another one...