Mt Lebanon Magazine

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Pittsburgh, PA 15228

Mt Lebanon Magazine

The official magazine of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania

gardening in lebo: a cautionary tale

February 14: Fall in love with the seed catalog that was delivered to your house for the person who lived here before you. A garden! We can get closer to nature! Perfect.

March 15: Find seed catalog at the bottom of your mail pile

April 15: Remember to order seeds, but get overwhelmed and end up spending $80 ordering 40 different types of plants.veggies

April 24: Spend $75 at the home improvement store on seed starting “necessities”

April 25: Spend another $60 to make your own “grow lights”

April 26-28: Spend 3 days creating your grow light system and planting seeds

May 12: Freak out because your seedlings don’t look that great

May 15: Go spend $100 at local nursery to get seedlings, just to cover all of your bases

June 15: Transplant your wimpy seedlings and robust nursery plants

June 16: Curse the local wildlife population that ate your seedlings

June 28: Go out to weed, but now you can’t really tell what are plants and what are weeds. (HINT: if it is in good shape, pull it, it’s a weed!)

July 4: See fruit and veggies starting to ripen, get excited

July 8: See half-eaten fruit and veggies. Curse your local wildlife population

August 4: Pick 2 ripe tomatoes, 3 leafs of chard, and one yellow squash. Declare success

August 18: See withered tomato vines, dusty squash (is that a fungus?), and half eaten pumpkin. Declare defeat

August 20: Notice that hot peppers are doing great! Make note to only grow hot peppers next year just to stick it to the animals. Never mind that you don’t like spicy food. Hey local wildlife population, the war is on.


  1. Author’s gravatar

    very funny and oh so true.

  2. Author’s gravatar

    I am a new resident, living in a duplex with a large front yard, but no back yard. I’d love to put a raised bed vegetable garden in the front yard but I’m not sure it this is allowed. Do you know?

    1. Author’s gravatar

      Yes you may!

      1. Author’s gravatar

        That’s a smart way of thkinnig about it.

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