I have a very small garden patch to work in. And nearly two years into dis-employment, no funds to work with. The NJ apartment I am in is at the back of several three story buildings, and looks out towards the greenbelt behind us. This means heavy shade. I have two hours of sunlight directly overhead, and maybe two of dappled shade. Any watering has to be from the tap in my kitchen and carried out to the plants. So these are the challenges. Wait, did I mention herds of squirrel and random deer?
Last year in the midst of despair and boredom, I decided to try to get something (anything) to grow. So in June went out to the garden market and picked up some Impatiens. Then in July on the $1 "nearly dead" table I found some hostas and begonias, and then a monarda, a plumbago and a geranium. The last three are pretty much full sun but I figured what the heck. $6 for the lot. And by October I was pretty amazed at the result.
So when Lambert posted about winter sowing, I thought, ok this sounds like fun. And I went through storage and found some seed packets from god knows how long ago. I went for the flowers because I can't see how veggies would get enough sun. One of the containers got squirrel ravaged in February so I scooped it all up and just dumped it in a clay pot and put a plastic bag over the whole thing. And go figure, that one has sprouted. These are Baby Blue Eyes. They are getting pretty big and I don't know if I should transplant them yet.
And whether they make it or not, they are my little miracles.
Here is my little patch of challenge today.