Looking over my list of what I'd bought at Richter's Herbs, and how I'd broken it down into categories, it occurs to me to ask - what are your garden goals?
Are you growing for the Pretty?
Do you know, or want to learn, the use of medicinal herbs?
Are you a natural dyer crazy enough to risk the seriously invasive woad for that wonderful blue?
It doesn't have to be a crazy thing, it can be controlled. Or so I tell myself about the forget-me-nots and creeping charley and peppermint every darned year. But those are the previous home owners problems that I inherited. I'm choosing woad, and hopefully in a careful manner.
Anyway... is it a cooking thing? Growing veggies and herbs for your next meal? Or for sustainability?
Gods but Anti-V must want to kill me sometimes. Her Zone 4 climate and the esker running through her land makes gardening difficult, and she's passionate about cooking!
Maybe it's a Zen thing... the peace of gardening?
Or the pride of having bounty and knowing you've worked darn hard for it?
I'm in the 'all of the above category'. Though admittedly the dye plants and Pretty factor usually end up with top priority.
I'm hoping the dye plants will keep me busy through the next winter. :)