I’ve always wanted to have a garden… I’ve always talked about having this little greenhouse set up in my back yard that way I can get all kinds of fresh produce all year round. And since winter seems to last 6 months (ok, still bitter about the snow) it’s a good idea to me.
So, we all decided we were going to do some gardening.
Since there is about a foot and a half of snow outside, attempting to plant anything would be physically impossible, haha. So we got this little potting tray that has some potting soil in it and 72 little sections. It was pretty easy to do. Just add water and the soil stuff kind of swelled. Then we just sat around poking our fingers in it and stuffing seeds in.
We went ahead and chose twelve different seeds to get us started. We’ve got cucumbers, sweet peppers, jalapenos, a melon, carrots, and green beans as far as veggies go. Then the herbs we’ve got are oregano, cilantro, thyme, dill, basil, and rosemary.
I also went and wrote out what each spot was on some nifty little plastic markers, but unfortunately I ended up having to cut them way down. I had even written the “gestation” period on the backs… but I had to chop those off in order to stick the lid on the top to promote some greenhouse effect.
Now, I don’t know much about planting anything. And honestly, I am no good at making sure plants live. I have tried, and failed in the past to keep flowers alive…so I’m hoping that veggies are better. Haha. But all that information about where to plant them and everything else that goes along with growing plants is completely out of my league. I’m hoping that it isn’t as hard as it could be. We’ll see.
But I’m really excited for when these things are ready to eat. Actually eating something that I grew, it’s going to be pretty awesome. It’s completely different than cooking or baking. Not to mention, once we get some more veggies, our grocery list is going to go wayyyy down (as long as everything thrives, ha).
But Josh and I are taking this as an opportunity to give Landon firsthand knowledge of this kind of stuff. I think it will be good for him. He already loves vegetables, and he absolutely loved planting them. And up until he went to bed he kept running to the tray to “make sure they are ok.” Funny boy. He’s so proud of himself.
I’m hoping to get some lettuce, tomatoes, onion, broccoli, and peas planted soon. There is this little section in my backyard that is about 10’x20′ that would be perfect for more planting. And I think that is what I would like to do with it. It would be great.
But that’s the cool thing about those potting trays…apparently they are big enough that it will allow the plants to grow and stay in there until the temperature raises enough that it’s safe to transfer the plants. So we’ll be adding several weeks (close to a month) of growth… at least I hope it ends up like that. There were tons of warnings about frost dangers and whatnot… but I am looking into a temporary greenhouse DIY project just in case.
So here goes nothing…going to attempt to grow some food!
Hopefully my brown thumb turns into a green thumb.
Any advice on growing your own food???