Archive for March, 2010

first planting

Today it was sunny and 67 degrees, and I couldn’t help myself….I planted some flowers and herbs.  Only in pots in case we have another cold snap, but I’m really hoping spring is almost here and I just got a jump-start.  I’m trying my hand at some new flowers this year, hoping I will have some for cutting.  I planted peonies, runnuncolas, zinnias and marigolds, as well as a bunch of chamomile.  Now the waiting game to see if my seeds and bulbs will grow. 

Since I was already playing in the dirt, I thought I would try once again to plant a few peppers from seed.  I’ve tried 3 times to start my own peppers and tomatoes with no luck.  They always sprout, but never grow past a tiny little seedling.  I really want to grow a padron pepper plant and was unable to find a transplant last year, so am trying from seed.  I only did 6 pots so far, so we’ll see how they go!

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my newly discovered green thumb

I didn’t always have a green thumb.  My thumb just recently turned green, and it’s still a very light shade of green at that.  Just 4 short years ago when my husband and I bought our house, one of the reasons I liked our house was because the landscaping would not need any maintenance.  There were no plants in the backyard, and only bushes in the front.  I thought I couldn’t grow anything, and everything I had every ‘tried’ to grow before died.  Well, that’s because every plant will die if you neglect it.  You see, I used to think gardening wasn’t for me, it was for my parents. 

Something changed about 2 years ago, and at the rip ol’ age of 26, I planted my first vegetable garden.  My dad helped me pick out the tomato and pepper plants and we chose the perfect spot in our ridiculously sunny backyard.  My hubby and I got to work tilling up our little spot and planted 5 tomato and 4 pepper plants.  They grew like crazy all summer and turns out I LOVE growing stuff.  Who knew?! 

Last spring we dug up about 1/3 of our yard to make a bigger veggie garden.  I wanted to grow all kinds of stuff.  And we did.  Last year our garden produced 9 kinds of tomatoes, 8 varieties of peppers, lettuce, spinach, eggplant, 2 kinds of squash, TONS of basil, carrots, green beans, onions, garlic, 1 cantaloupe, and more okra than I ever wanted. 

Now it’s finally March, and I am chomping at the bit to start our garden.  We had one nice day and I practically ran to the garden center and bought onions, potatoes, garlic and shalots.  Too bad my veggie plot is in awful shape and not ready for any veggies yet. 

I love to talk about my garden, and love to hear what other people are planting and how they are doing.  Maybe I get it from my dad, who plants veggies wherever he has sun in his yard.  I’m still learning, but am passionate about growing stuff and have big plans for this year.  Just not sure where I’m going to put all of those plants yet….

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