Have children? No. That's way too much work. Even getting another dog is out of the question for us right now because we're way too busy.
So instead, we've decided to start growing plants. This has been a dream of mine for years now, pretty much ever since we started vermicomposting. We have the compost; now we just need plants to use the compost on.
I am notoriously bad at growing and keeping plants alive. In fact, the only plant I ever managed to maintain for longer than a few months was a basil plant that our friend Dan had given us when we were in the US. Dan has a green thumb and could even grow orchids, so pretty much any plant that has ever been under his care refuses to die even when I take charge of it.
Our friends Chuck and Vina also inspired us with their ridiculously awesome urban garden set-up in Boston. Every time they posted picture updates on Facebook, I felt motivated to start trying to set up a garden of our own.
Of course, any gardening we do must be edible plants. Gardening is way too much work, especially for a brown thumb like me, to do it just for ornamental plants. So FINALLY this spring, I picked out a bunch of plants I wanted to try growing and started ordering gardening supplies on Taobao.
I'm going to try the following plants, partially because they are all things we like to eat and partially because these were easily available on Taobao:
- Pole beans
- Soy beans (edamame, yum!)
- Malabar spinach
I've done hours of research on how to make these things grow, so hopefully in a few months, we will be able to enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of our labor. To see our progress so far, view the slideshow below.
And if you have any indoor gardening tips for me, let me know in the comments!