Maybe it’s the artificial shifting of time today but I was thinking a bit about what I’ve written over the past months.
I started this because I couldn’t find simple advice on the web. In hindsight, given that I’m posting three or four times a week, I’ve probably fallen into the same trap of making growing plants all sound hideously time-consuming and complicated.
Although I spend a fair bit of time thinking about how everything is doing the actual planting and maintenance takes up very little time at all, especially at this time of year.
In truth I’ve deliberately made things more difficult by trying to grow things from seed, and generally not spending too much time planning. I quite like just giving things a go and barreling headfirst into something new so the relative complexity suits me.
If anyone wants to have some really nice window boxes with the minimum of fuss it would be really easy – and not massively expensive either. In fact, given the cost of the propagators, seeds, etc. I’ll probably come out about even this year by raising from seed rather than just getting some kind friend to run me to the garden centre to pick up a few dozen, healthy, nursery-reared plants.
At some point I might work the costs of that out as it would be an interesting comparison, especially for the first-timer. However as time goes on growing from seed should work out cheaper and I’m happy to commit to the extra time and effort it takes.
In general I’ve never backed down from a challenge either, no matter how ridiculous – see the Cactii experiment 😉 Many of these are diversions and if I just wanted to have some pretty flowers then they would have little relevance. But I’m interested in how different things grow and how they react to different levels of care and attention. I’m not at the seed trial stage, and I certainly want everything to work so I’m not doing anything deliberately obtuse, but it means that the failures are fine and just another part of the learning curve.
As an outsider I would never have realised how much there is to learn about something that’s considered ‘natural’ but now I’ve got an appreciation for flower types, weather conditions and planting styles, without even mentioning things like the moral dilemma about peat-based soils or the debate over organic v. chemical pest control. No wonder there are so many books and people spend a lifetime and still have to make a best guess!