Things are growing in the greenhouse! I’ve been transferring sprouts from the egg cartons to bigger pots. While I’ve been trying to keep track of where I replanted everything, there have been some discrepancies between the pot and the paper. So, I purchased some faux wood plastic plant labeling sticks and wrote down what is planted where.
Being cheap, it pained me to purchase the labeling sticks. I remember when I was a kid, my brother and I would save our Popsicle sticks so that our mom could use them to label her plants in the garden (We also used them to make skis for my Barbie dolls to enjoy some winter fun). Unfortunately, it’s winter so it’s not really the best time to be noshing on a box of Popsicles, and aside from the orange flavor, I never really liked them anyway, especially when they got the fuzzy freezer burn on the them. But, I’m sure there are people who spend money on more ridiculous things for their gardens. According to a survey from the Garden Media Group, gardeners spent a total of $29.5 billion on their gardens. That’s a lot of wood-esque plastic labeling sticks.
We still haven’t heard about the house we put an offer on, so until then I’ve been reading gardening books and mapping out the details of the garden I will plant. I really can’t get enough of The Elements of Organic Gardening (2007) by Prince Charles. He’s the OG organic gardener who has planned and planted some gorgeous gardens on his properties at Highgrove, Clarence House and Birkhall. This book is serious gardening porn for people who love to ogle big fancy, yet incredibly useful, gardens. He trained the branches on his apple trees to form an arch. Seriously, he has functional and aesthetically pleasing green spaces on lock!
What gardening books are you reading to inspire this year’s garden?