Happy Thursday, Homesteaders!

Last summer, I was content without a garden to tend. New to the area, our home doesn’t have space for outdoor planting — at least not in beds, as I’ve done in the past. But as winter wound down this year, I found myself daydreaming about warm tomatoes just plucked from the vine and fresh basil snipped from a thriving plant.

I explored the idea of renting a plot in the Community Garden. In fact, until recently I thought that’s what I’d do. But realistically, with a busy schedule and two active kids, I am not sure I can commit to it for the season. What if I get busy and forget to weed? As part of a community, it won’t just impact me — as it has in the past when I grew vegetables on my own land.

So, now I’ve decided to take a cue from Natalie Feulner and go extra simple with my gardening this year: by planting the few things I really want to go in containers and hoping they thrive on my back porch.

What are you planning for your garden this year? Why not share a pic on Twitter or Instagram? Be sure to use #BDNHomestead so that we can see what you’re growing. Also, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to email me at scaron@bangordailynews.com.

Best wishes for living a good life,

Sarah Walker Caron

Senior Editor, Features

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Sarah Walker Caron

Sarah Walker Caron is the senior editor, features, for the Bangor Daily News and the editor of Bangor Metro magazine. She’s the author of “Classic Diners of Maine,” and five cookbooks including “Easy...