My 2020 Garden

When we moved to Heber City last fall there were two things I was happy to see at the house we found to rent: a fenced back yard and a little vegetable garden spot. Now that we’ve been here for seven months and we’re getting into garden planting time, I’ve found some other things I like about it. And some other things that maybe I don’t like so much. The following is a list of the assets and liabilities, according to my gardening views and preferences, of this property.

The squarish garden with the shrub that can’t quite decide if it’s dead or alive. You can’t tell from the photo, but there are new little leaves coming in behind all the dead ones.


  • bulbs – it’s so fun to see what has been coming up that I had no idea were even there when we moved in: daffodils, hyacinth, tulips, and I believe frittilaria are coming up now
  • since I didn’t plant the bulbs myself, I’ve been much more grateful rather than upset for the bouquets of them that Grace has picked for me
  • lupine that appears to be self-sowing
  • various planting spaces
So much quackgrass. With a few scattered tulips and lupine for good measure.


  • quackgrass – this is going to be my biggest weed problem by a long shot
  • the Canada thistle I found growing in one bed could also prove to be problematic
  • the shrubby shrub in the front that can’t decide if it’s alive or dead
  • the dead aspen in the front yard
The front corner garden spot. (And my cute weeding buddy.)

Like I mentioned in the assets list, there are various planting spaces around the house. And I intend to use them all, regardless of their quirks in size, situation, and current plants. We’ve already got peas, carrots, and beets seeded in the rectangular vegetable box in the back yard. That’s also where I’ll plant the corn, okra (an experiment, per my daughter’s request), and a tomato or two. I have some containers (read: buckets) that I’ll plant some herbs and a cucumber in. I’ll probably plant a pumpkin in the small squarish bed with the two random shrubs out front. My zucchini and Swiss chard may go in another of the flower beds and then I’ll fill in with nasturtium, sunflower, zinnia, and cosmos (in other words, whatever other flower seeds I still have left over from last year). Will it make the weird plantings even weirder? Probably. Do I care? Not especially. One of the beauties of renting as opposed to owning is letting go and just embracing and making do with what I have.

I’ve been hearing how lately there has been a growing interest in gardening. Perhaps you are among the people who are interested in growing more of your own food, but maybe you live in an apartment or other small space. Or maybe you are renting and can’t really dig up a garden spot. You can follow my lead and plant vegetables in whatever garden spots already exist. If you can grow sun-loving annual flowers, you can grow sun-loving vegetables like peppers or tomatoes.

But if there’s no existing patch of dirt? Here’s where growing in containers can help you scratch that gardening itch. I’ve got a couple posts to get you started:

Or maybe instead of inspiring you to grow your own food, all this talk of gardening is adding stress to your life by making you think you have one more thing to add to you “to-do” list. If that’s the case, stop reading and go find something that does fill your cup.

What are you planting (or not planting) this year?


  1. Oh, I’m so glad you have at least a little bit of garden space to play with! And how hilarious is it that Grace wants to plant okra? (Pretty sure Raven doesn’t even know what that is!)

    We planted some lupine last year, which I unfortunately don’t think survived the cold Cache winters 🙁 I would say that we’re going to try it again, but…considering that we have no idea if we’ll still be living here…it sure makes it hard to plan anything!

    • Ha. I’m fairly certain Grace won’t actually eat any of the said okra…but when she saw it in a seed catalog and asked if we could plant it, I just couldn’t say no. Especially since my grandpa who always tried growing okra had just recently passed away and I was feeling sentimental 🙂

      I’m surprised that the lupine would have succumbed to the cold. They should be a pretty cold hardy plant. Maybe they’re just slow? But the not knowing does make planning hard!

  2. You’ve got a great weeding buddy😊. Wishing you much success. This year I planted radishes as a new plant. Also, I’m wishing my garden was about six feet longer, but the thought of tilling makes me reconsider.

    • Get Mugs to till it for you while she’s around! 🙂
      Radishes are a fun, quick plant so when they’re done you can plant a second crop of something else in their place instead of tilling 6 more feet.

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