Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Gardening with Seeds

So I've decided to try my hand at gardening. It's not like I don't have enough on my plate as it is so why not. We bought a new house last August that has a large yard with very nicely developed landscaping. I've always been one to enjoy fresh veggies, so I thought it would be good to start a Vegetable Garden. I've been itching for nice weather too - so I thought I'd try my hand at planting seeds in hopes that spring would get here soon. So, I've been reading up on what I'm supposed to do and what not to do and I have found the book "You Grow Girl by Gayla Trail" to be a huge hit. She has so many ideas from starting your garden by seed, to your soil problems, to bug problems, to nifty ideas on container gardening and using herbs for teas, soaps and so much more. Even though I have a large yard, I've been thinking about integrating my garden in the existing flower beds I have. I have many and the soil seems to be very well established. Besides - we have clay issues where I live and that can be disastrous to work with. Also, I think it would be neat way to garden. I may find out differently later but I think I'm going to give it try --- assuming my seed plantings are successful, we will soon find out.

Here's what I bought to get started:

**Special soil to get your seeds started

**A miniature, disposal greenhouse with the peat pots

**Seeds -- lots of seeds (tomatoes, peppers, basil, cilantro, carrots, cucumbers, squash and more)

**Marker Sticks to mark what was planted (please note you can use Popsicle sticks, cut up yogurt containers, just about anything that will not absorb water and ruin your labels)

So if you are itching for that nice spring air and warm weather. Grab your little helper and get started on your garden. It'll at least make you feel like spring is around the corner. Then I'll let you know in about a month or so if ours was a success or if they simply drown due to my over watering or froze to lack of heat.

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