Sunday, March 18, 2012

Gardening Update 3/18

Since watching the pilot episode of Touch, Buddy has been calling today (March 18, or 3/18) "Touch Day". Watch the pilot and you'll see why.

So now I have all of my garden and containers planted. I planted carrot seeds in the garden on the 11th. I planted my little containers on the 12th. I planted cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and cantaloupes in the garden on the 13th. Today I planted oregano, lemon balm and snapdragons in various pots around the patio.

I have updated pictures!!!! Here are the basil, tomato and pepper seedlings. Nothing from the peppers yet, but the basil (in back) and the tomatoes (on the sides) are awake!

I forgot that I got a lavender plant from the Natural Gardener. It's in the middle in this picture. It's now in its own larger container on the patio. I didn't start the lavender from seeds because they didn't have the variety I wanted in seed form.

The little carrots in my garden have sprouted. They are SO cute! I hate that I'm going to have to thin them out. Do you think I could cheat and not thin them?

When I was out there putting up the netting (for the cucumber and cantaloupe vines), I noticed that one tiny cucumber plant was pushing its way out of the soil. I really love gardening!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Gardening 2012

I loved having a garden last year. Of course, I chose the driest year in recorded history to start my new obsession, but we made it work.

This year I have decided to start the garden from seeds (mainly). Last week, before the deluge, I planted four rows of carrots. I figure, we love carrots so . . . why not?

Today I started tomato, basil and pepper seeds inside. Here's the scoop:

I got these little "kits" from Wal-Mart for $1.00 each. Yes, I know I probably should have gone to The Natural Gardener like I did last year, but we are on a serious Budget (capitalized because it has taken on a life of its own) so I need to cut corners whenever and where ever I can.

I used the pots provided, but they had significant drainage holes. I didn't want to make a huge mess so . . . .
I added a coffee filter.

Then added water to the little pellet they provided. That was fun!

Put the seeds in and covered them up.

Then I misted the top of the soil to make sure the seeds had enough moisture to start germinating.

I labeled them all and now they'll go in a window to sprout!

I'll let you know how they turn out.

I just went out to check my carrot seeds. I hadn't expected any sprouts yet, but I also didn't expect what I found . . .

Interesting indentations plus . . .
A tuft of hair on the fence above equals . . .
perhaps the neighbor's cat used this area as a getaway? Horacio has nuthin' on me! (Cue "YEAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!")