Woke up this morning feeling better than I have in over a week -- no headache, no pressure in my head, nothing. Woo! I have no idea if it had anything to do with spending part of yesterday outside gardening, or if it was that I finally took my meds at the right time yesterday to catch and stop it, but I'll take it. :D
Got the urge yesterday after the migraine subsided to drag myrialux
to Lowe's to get plants and a few basic gardening supplies. Not that I've successfully grown plants other than the occasional potted herb and a rosebush once, which lasted for a few months before a frost finally killed it. And not that the bed gets a HUGE amount of sun, but certainly right now, it gets a halfway decent amount.
In the spirit of throwing things in the ground and giving them crappy care until most of them die* I got a variety of herbs and vegetables, and put them into the raised bed outside the patio: dill, rosemary, cilantro, basil, two tomato varieties, bell peppers, peas, onions, and potatoes. And a strawberry plant that will, if it survives, feed snails, slugs, and bird, I confidently expect. Somebody at one point planted mint in those beds, so there is, of course, mint EVERYWHERE and I ripped out a bunch. I also planted the little sweet cayenne seedling that emerged from the indoor greenhouse that Toby and I bought on impulse a couple of months ago. We didn't expect anything to grow, but it surprised us. I thought I might have killed it in the transplanting, as it was looking rather despondent, but after watering, it perked back up and is still there this morning. I also thought I'd killed most of the peas, as it was hard to get them out of their plastic containers and I bent a lot of the stems, but they're still all green today. And the strawberry is putting out another flower (It does occur to me that maybe I need more than one plant for fertilization to occur, but I'm not going to bother to get more).
I am quite positive about the health of the soil in that bed, as it was filled with earthworms. As I had so many onions, I optimistically threw a few into the bed next to the house (which gets to sun, so I expect them all to die soon). I found no earthworms in there, so when I dug holes for the potatoes in the sunny bed, I put a few of the worms I found into the onion bed. Maybe they won't die, and maybe they will go "Hey! No competition!" and thrive.
I also got a book on vegetable, fruit, and herb gardening that assumes you want
to do things like construct little tents over your plants to protect them, and that's far more effort than I'm willing to put in. If the tomato plants survive, I'll get some tomato cages, if the strawberry survives and fruits, I might get some bird netting to attempt to keep the strawberries long enough to eat, and I've got some Miracle-Gro to put in their water every couple of weeks, but that's about it. The sprinkler system has a couple of outlets into that bed, so once we turn it on and program it, I don't need to remember to go water them that much, either. :D
* Much like my laundry Darwinism**, I practice gardening Darwinism. Survival of the fittest, ho!
** Throw everything in together, wash at one temperature. If it fails to survive, it wasn't fit enough.