Right at this moment we live in an apartment. We thought this was going to be okay. Mmmm, not so much. It is close to our places of employment. It has 3 bedrooms. It has the mandatory 2 bathrooms. It has space for a dining room table. What it doesn't have is storage, OMG it is so lacking in storage, it is not funny. Don't laugh. I store all kinds of crap.
What it also doesn't have is very much outdoor living space. This wouldn't be too bad if;
1. we didn't have the dogs. Giving them up is a non-issue. They are not just companions but getting a dog is a responsibility. Yikes! I almost went into pet responsibility lecture mode.
2. It is hard to seat 2 people on our excuse for a patio. During the fall and spring JR and I like to sit out on the patio, drinks in hand, chat about our day or he reads and I paint. We miss this. Seriously miss it.
3. We can't garden. Much. Or barely at all. We have some gardenias that we put along the fence that is 5 or 6 feet from our door but what about veggie and fruit? Where do we put those? And, basil? Please God, don't make me give up my basil. It is life to me. It is my drug of choice. If we don't count wine. For this example let's not, m'kay?
What were we to do?
We put up a set of wire shelves to hold pots of plants. Herbs mostly.
This is lemon thyme and Flat Leaf Parsley
We did pot up a few strawberry plants.
Lookee how well they are doing.
JR loves strawberries.
Maybe not as much as peaches.
Peaches are his favorite,
but strawberries come in a very close second.
Plus, they are easier to grow in a pot.
Though we do have a peach tree in a pot.
It's just not doing as well. Something we'll have to work on.
We have my beloved basil.
We had to put in new plants a couple of weeks ago.
The freeze killed off my last bunch. It was a sad day in the Dog's Life household.
I'll be planting basil seeds in that bare front area tomorrow.
Basil loves to be in pots. Loves to be bunched up with its buddies. Loves the hot humid weather of southeast Texas.
By this time next week we will be snacking on these plants and the seeds will be up.
We also have oregano, rosemary and sage.
Do not think that this situation will persist. We are moving in July to a bigger townhouse with fenced front and back yards. We will be making good use of that place. I have been plotting (steeples fingers and taps them). Because while the new place has 20 times more area to work with I want 40 times more veggies and herbs. Here's what we are going to do; we're going vertical. I have plans for those fences to become garden space. I'll keep you all posted. Though I'm pretty sure you don't really care about my mad planting/gardening plans I'll tell them to you anyway. Because I'm like that. Mhahahaha.