Sprouts

      

Maybe I got a little overzealous in the amount of seeds that I put in each container. I guess I’m used to having old seeds. But these are awesome. I’m so excited!

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Garden Beds



Little ones have been digging in my raised bed. 😞

My husband started  putting together more beds as we are expanding our garden. 

We’re going to buy some dirt tonight. I’m excited. Time to start some more seeds tomorrow. 

Beginning of a Garden

I started some seeds today using some of Jiffy’s Organic Seed Starting Mix. I had been saving my egg cartons for someday when we have chickens and live on a farm. But I realized recently that that probably won’t happen for another 20-30 years, so hey, I’ll use them for seed starting.

After starting I realized that I should have used warm water to moisten the soil, so I switched to that in the middle. I don’t have a heating mat, so I’m guessing that that will help it along a little bit. I started strawberries, beefsteak tomatoes, roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and pink brandywine tomatoes, lavender, chives, lettuce, nasturtiums, petunias, and marigolds. It is a little early to be planting the flowers, but they are old seeds and I don’t know if they’ll come up. Hopefully the flowers will help with the nasty bug population by attracting good predator bugs.

While I was planting, one of my daughters knocked over the cup of water that I was using to moisten the soil. It got all over the rest of the seed packets. I set them all out to dry, hopefully it’s not screwed up.

First harvest

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I picked this out of our garden tonight. I planted about 10 green bean plants, but since the tomatoes have grown into bushes instead of into their cages, they’re kind of smothering the plants. I think I may have stuffed too many things in the garden… Oops. I’m planning on tying some of the tomato stems loosely to the cages so at least they’re off the ground. Maybe the green bean plants will get more sun and grow better.

I wasn’t sure whether or not to pull the shallots or not. When I pulled it, it looked like all it was doing was dividing, and not really getting any bigger. It seems the rest of them are doing the same thing, but we’ll see with time.

 

 

Promising plants

20140523-111021-40221754.jpg These are the onions and shallots. I pulled a shallot for use in one of my dishes this week. It definitely needs some more time, however, it looks like the onion below is probably done. I guess I should pull it, but it looks like something you’d find in a smurf cartoon or something.

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20140523-111020-40220108.jpgGreen beans are looking pretty good. There are even blooms on them. I’m pretty excited about green beans. My husband moved the soil around a bit. I don’t know if that’s helping or if it’s the heat that helps. Any ideas?

20140523-111018-40218569.jpg Tomato plants. I need to buy cages to help them keep upright. It’s  almost falling down. And there’s a Nasturtium plant near the bottom of the frame. A lot of things I read said they are good to plant with tomatoes.

20140523-111016-40216662.jpgZucchini. I’m encouraged by the look of those leaves.

I’m so excited to have it start producing.

 

 

In the front flower bed: I can’t seem to get rid of the rosebush. It just pops up all over the place. 😦

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