How Does Your Garden Grow?

I know it doesn’t seem like it yet (especially with the whole snowpocalypse this month), but spring is on its way. There’s actually a couple trees in the field behind my house trying to bud despite the snow. I love spring. Yeah that’s cliche, but winter makes me feel a little suffocated. Maybe its all the being stuck indoors. Or maybe its the almost dead way things start to look in the winter (all the bare trees always make me a little sad). Whatever it is its going to be going away soon and warm(ish) weather and color will come flooding back. Yay!

Something I have wanted to do forever is start a community garden. The farmers market here is a pretty good sized one, and a lot of people have gardens to help with food costs and, well, because its fun. But a HUGE portion of our city rents as well and isn’t allowed to plant their own garden, which sucks because we have such a big percentages below the poverty line that a little less groceries having to be bought and a source of just better quality food could really help.  So I was pretty surprised to find that the nearest one is 50 miles away. We’re in the process of shopping for our first house, and there is one that is a double lot I’ve had my eye on. If its still on the market when we get approved for a loan we’re going for it and I fully intend to turn that extra lot into a community garden. If not there are a plenty of empty lots scattered throughout the city, and it’ll just take a little longer to get started.

So this weeks gift guide is a semi-ode to “I want a freaking garden already!”.

The Etsy artists featured in this gift guide are:

walldecors, SoapalayaSoaps, PulpArt, TerraceHill, SevenAcreWoods, azuredandelion, TheSucculentGarden, mulberrymudd, ArtHorizonsStudio, TRUECONNECTION, Thebearfootshaman, GardenPathDecor, thisfromthat, happyfamily, tskDesign, metalgardenart, DragonflyDreams1, mamasinsanity, dkpottery, monkeysalwayslook, saltylemon, simplyrustic, giddyspinster, myvictorygarden, seamstobe2, favorcreative, andrewsreclaimed, SmokymistGardens, jandmspecialty, NewDominionBlues, GloriousGlassGarden, WoodElements, liltinpurse, DanaCarreraDesigns, gardencandy, and daisychestnut

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. NewDominionBlues
    Feb 20, 2010 @ 16:59:13

    Thank you so much for featuring my hanging wall pot! You have a great selection here – many of the shops I’ve come across as favorites, and some new-to-me favorites. You are so right about being ready for spring. I can’t wait to see some shoots coming out of dirt again, rather than mountains of dirty snow.

    Reply

  2. allison
    Feb 20, 2010 @ 18:44:33

    What a great collection! Thanks for including me.

    Reply

  3. TerraceHill
    Feb 21, 2010 @ 16:03:43

    Beautiful collection. Spring planting is just around the corner. Thanks for including my apron 🙂

    Reply

  4. gwen
    Feb 21, 2010 @ 21:12:28

    Thank you so much for including my Secret Garden sign! The collection from everyone’s shop is great and fun to look at!

    Reply

  5. The Rain Family
    Feb 25, 2010 @ 19:31:35

    Thanks for including us in your beautiful thoughts of spring!!

    The Rain Family at AzureDandelion

    Reply

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