I read MissStress's posts about her gardening adventures and I admit to some twangs of envy. I love gardening, there is nothing like the rich smell of freshly turned earth or watching plants grow, mature, and produce. Even the end of the season when plants die off and everything gets pulled is a great time because it's time to start thinking about what to grow next season. I'm not a totally utilitarian gardener, I like my flowers too, especially roses and butterfly gardens.
I labor under a gardening handicap in the form of residential covenants that restrict digging up the back yard and putting it to a useful purpose. So my gardening is limited to containers on the patio which isn't all bad. We've had a great crop of tomatoes, peppers, beans and peas, not to mention lots of herbs. But I do long to spread my gardening wings.
We've made an offer on a piece of property out in the boondocks. There is plenty of space for an in-ground garden. I have my pea-pickin' little heart set on a 30'x30 plot where I can set out lettuces in the early spring and finish the season with the cold crops. I prefer to sow seed directly into the soil rather than start seeds and transplant seedlings and I'm not above buying seedlings from a competent garden center to get a head start.
My biggest problem is with pests, and not the insect or fungus kind, it's my housemates. One hates anything to do with the great outdoors (gasp) and the other THINKS she likes to garden. Her version of gardening is planting pretty things in the spring and then abandoning ship. She has no clue about weeding and other maintenance chores. Do you suppose it's possible to put a deer-proof fence around the garden to keep them out? A friend suggested that composting them would be most beneficial to the garden!