We all have things that we need to work on and improve within our lives. One thing I try to be aware of is uncalled for complaining and not taking anything for granted. I realize how incredibly fortunate I am for my current circumstances. I count my blessings everyday!
But… I really miss having a yard. A lot.
All through college I lived in dorms or apartments. I think I moved a total of five times during college…it was a lot. The only time I had a yard was when I briefly moved back home to save money during my first senior year (I was on the five year plan). But even then, it seemed like I never had time to enjoy it.
I really love green things. If I could conjure up a genie I would ask for: 1) A yard. 2) A greenhouse. 3) A grand piano. (That last one I would want to be black though.)
Alas…I have a blacktop parking lot.
But when life gives me lemons, I make lemonade. (Or lemon chicken. Or lemon bars. I like lemons.) Fortunately, our apartment has lots of windows and a balcony that faces the southern sun. The balcony is primarily meant for hanging up laundry. (Nobody has dryers, only washing machines.) But I have sneakily usurped the space for a container garden-we hang the laundry up inside now. It works.
Around a month and a half ago I decided I was going to plant a container garden. So I got right to researching. I discovered that the zone we are in is excellent for growing peppers and tomatoes. Hooray, salsa! Unfortunately, the Japanese don’t really do cilantro as a spice for food. So I will have figure out some way around that.
|The tomato and pepper plants in mid-April|
I have three tomato plants, three pepper plants, two parsley plants and a basil plant. Plus some flowers. I planted them about a month and a half ago now. I am taking advantage of living in zone 7, and got started early. I am hoping that I will get fresh tomatoes all through the summer.
|And then, they were giants.|
Inside, I have a couple bonsai trees, orchids, and other standard houseplants. It always amazes me how much more livable a space is when you have plants.
So for now, I am pacified.
Except for that grand piano thing…