I’ve always wanted to have a garden. I love the idea of it. The thought of just stepping outside and having fresh veggies that I know haven’t been sprayed with who knows what or traveled how far or cost I don’t even want to know… it’s so appealing to me.
But I’ve never actually succeeded.
Three years ago (four?) I had an area in my backyard created to be my garden, but other than keeping it relatively free of weeds and successfully growing chives gone wild, it hasn’t amounted to much. Every year, I say I want to do it, but the time gets away from me.
This year is going to be different. This year, I’m finally home full time and not working, so I don’t have the excuse of not being able to keep up with weeds or to water. I can clear the ground of weeds and prepare it before it’s too late to grow anything.
Besides, you should see the seed collection I have in my garage from past good intentions.
So I gathered up my egg and strawberry and blueberry containers. I bought new potting soil. I went through the seeds with the wee ones who thing this is the coolest idea ever and wanted to help me decide what to grow. Together, we put the seeds into the soil, as directed on the packages. We covered them gently and watered.
Altogether, we have French beans, kohlrabi, carrots (oops, learned just now I’m supposed to only sow those in their final spot to keep the roots from being crooked), peas, green beans, spinach, basil, parsley, cilantro, tomatoes, and roma tomatoes.
I’m worse than a new mother. I’m determined that my little greenhouses will sprout the best little veggies and herbs (and fruit, ahem tomatoes, I’m not forgetting you!) possible. I’m monitoring the soil level at least once a day, and I have checked the dirt to see if anything is sprouting more times than I can count.
Plus, I want to make sure they get plenty of sun. So I’m ahhhh moving them around my house. In the morning, I open the blinds on the east side of my house and set them in the sun. I shift them over a bit as the sun moves. Then I move them to the south side of my house to get the late morning/early afternoon sun. By 1:30, they’re on the west side of the house soaking up the rays there, being shifted every hour or so to ensure they remain centered in the peak of the sun.
I’ve even taken them for an outing on the deck the two beautiful, warm, sunny days we had. Just for a few hours though – I wouldn’t want the wind to damage them at all….
Worst part? I’ve yet to prepare the ground, although it’s currently 42 degrees and snow is forecast for Saturday. I have some time yet. I’ve bought new topsoil in addition to the Miracle Grow potting soil to mix with my current soil. But I’ll get there.
Oh and umm, I don’t know what to do next. How do I transplant seedlings? Do I really have to kill some of them to thin them out, or can I move them to other containers to continue growing? How big do they have to be before I move them? How warm does it have to be? How big do the holes have to be when I move them? Do I have to keep watering them when they’re outside and the rain helps? Do I fertilize them once they’re outside? How do I make my little babies thrive and be the best yummy carrots and tomatoes they can possibly be when they grow up?
I wasn’t like this when the wee ones were born. I swear. So ummm, anyone have any gardening tips? Or better yet, want to come over to help me?