What am I dreaming of you ask (after all that rambling above)? A garden. A small but beautiful garden. It will have to be one that has easy access to tend to (back injury from work a long time ago). Think raised beds on platform shoes. Containers on wheel bases. That sort of thing. I love to look through garden plans at sites like Better Homes & Gardens (not affiliated with them, just like the info - they have some delightful plans and concepts to browse through -
I am listing a few here for me to refer back to and to share:
Grow Vegetables In Containers
Garden Plans - Attract Birds & Butterflies
Vegetable Garden Plans
The library recently had a new book put into their system - Gardening For Seniors - so I looked on Amazon.com and found a couple more that look good for reference - plus I want to encourage my mom to get back into gardening more (she does want to):
The Illustrated Practical Guide to Gardening for Seniors: How to maintain your outside space with ease into retirement and beyond
It might seem kind of strange to be dreaming of this stuff in the midst of summer - but so many people I know are harvesting detectible items and discussing what worked, what didn't - not being a year-around gardener (unless taking care of an African Violet and a Shamrock plant counts), stuff like this is probably talked about all time - and well, it only encourages me more!
I would love to also have an indoor Aero garden to grow tomatoes year around (again, no affiliation).
My dream garden would include:
Tomatoes, carrots, watermelon, corn, snap-peas, green-beans, chickpeas, celery, cucumbers, squash, lettuce, spinach, strawberries, potatoes, garlic, onions, green onions, pumpkins, apples, oranges, tangerines, peaches, plums, apricots, lemons, limes, bell peppers, other not too hot peppers, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries (small shrub types) - all sorts of flowers (not sure of the exact types except 1 - California wild golden poppies) oh and maybe some sunflowers - this would not be an extensively big garden - definitely on the small side but with a nice variety of things my family enjoys and can eat (due to allergies). I am just so glad that there are many varieties out now that can be grown on a smaller scale, some in containers, or that are multipurpose (such as apple trees grafted with more than one type).
Now I'm in the mood for a good fruit salad!