An Update on our Garden…

by Marcy on May 27, 2008 · 0 comments

Back in March, I got the brilliant idea that I was going to try and grow my garden from seeds this year. I wanted to try to grow everything organically, so my husband and I went to a local nursery and I picked out several packets of seeds, and a large bag of organic potting soil. We spent $21.94.

We brought everything home and planted our seeds in various flower pots that I had in the garage. And even though we had no clue what we were doing (nor did we really try learn) for over a month, things were looking pretty good. Everything was growing and we were excited to get our plants in the ground. And then the bugs started hatching.

Now I don’t know about you, but I hate bugs. Especially when they are hatching in my house. And so, even though it was still way too cold outside, I banished the flower pots to our patio. And that is where we went from watching the plants grow to watching them die.

In an attempt to still have some sort of garden this year, I scrounged up $40 from our change jar (because this wasn’t in the budget) and off we went to a local nursery again, this time to buy vegetable plants. I also found a few flowers that I couldn’t resist. We spent Memorial Day weekend working outside, and my husband finished making two beautiful planters to put some of our plants in.

We ended up planting 2 Green Pepper plants, 2 Basil plants, 1 Oregano plant, 1 Parsley plant, 2 Tomato plants (cherry & grape), and 1 pumpkin plant (thanks to my friend for the transplant). We also planted some Bibb Lettuce seeds a few weeks back, and while they are growing, we aren’t sure if they are growing like they should be.

I have a feeling our yield won’t be all that high this year, but we’ll see how things go. Since we are still fairly new at gardening, I’m thinking that it is ok to start out small until we figure out what we are doing. And you had better believe I’m going to do more research next year before planting seeds again!

The $21.94 that we spent initially hasn’t been a total loss. I still have lots of seeds left, and we were able to use the potting soil. I think I can use the seeds again next year…I need to read up on that. I still have some unopened carrot seeds, plus I think I can plant more lettuce again in the fall. I need to check on that as well.

Here are a few pictures. Please excuse the quality…it was raining and I was in a hurry! :)

Peppers and Bibb Lettuce

Oregano, Parsley and Basil


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