Image by M. Gustafson Gervasi, 2013 -- My Garden Buddah
One one hand, I say no.
- My knowledge is basically non-existent. I did not grow up in a gardening family. Science has always been a challenge to me;
- Time is short. Really, another item to add to my "to-do" list?;
- Southern sun hits the front yard of our home....situated on a very busy road. Add two small children, and the stress of monitoring them negates any zen like moments gardening is supposed to bring; and
- There are ample farmers' markets all over Madison from which I can purchase locally grown veggies and fruits.
And then on the other hand I say yes, at least give a little bit a try.
- plant some perennials that will come back year after year;
- kids you garden are more likely to eat fresh fruits and vegetables;
- learning something new is a good thing, and I love to learn (hence the 9 years of college and grad programs); and the motivation to put me over the edge was in the Ted Talk by the Renegade Gardener -- taking control of my family's food means taking control of our health. It is 10 minutes long (not the cleanest language, so no kid viewing), but pushed me to the side of giving it a try again this year.
So, for anyone who knows a little something, or a lot, about gardening in southern Wisconsin, please leave comments with advice. What perennials might be a wise choice? Blueberry bushes? What about container gardening or an herb garden? Please remember that my "work" is in the legal field -- this is not a natural for me. But 30 years from now I hope to have learned enough and set an example so that my children will be adults holding a basic knowledge and fond memories of fresh veggies and fruits that Mama grew.