Thursday, April 15, 2010

Adventures in Gardening

 Our "yard" - our little 20x20 plot of land to call our own. It needs a lot of TLC...As a gardening virgin (zero experience with a capital Z), I'll do my best, and I'm sure learn a few lessons along the way. If someone sees something I'm doing horribly wrong here, please comment. This is all new to me and I'm open to any and all insight. As you will see below, I even forgot to purchase the most fundamental of tools to start my burgeoning at-home produce department, so I'm stressing this point - please help a girl out.

 The tools (see anything quite obviously missing, like say, a spade?!):

We are going with zucchini, tomatoes, peas, basil, and green beans for the first plant. As I am pretty horrible at following recipes to a T, I'm applying the same concept to the plant. Four out of the five seed packages said plant in April, but the instructions on the tomatoes suggested waiting until May. Not to be deterred (hey, Michelle already planted), I went ahead and got all of my goodies in the ground. I don't have copious amounts of time on my hands, and this was planting day. Could be fatal; we'll see.

After the plant....Figuring out the various depths (ranging from 1/8 inch to 2 1/2 inches) was tricky, so I varied my potting soil coverage from a light sprinkle to a deep bury. My seed packages tell me I should start to see the first of the veggies in three to four weeks. I'll let you know what pops up. I still have more work to do. After the spade purchase, I'm hoping to get down some grass seed and flowers. Probably biting off more than I can chew, but that seems like part of the fun.

1 comment:

Barbara said...

Sounds like a project you should have done while Grandma was visiting. Hope you and every one you know like a lot of zucchini. I'd suggest you cut back to 2 or 3 healthy plants when they flower or you'll have it taking over your whole garden. Herbs,Tomatoes and peas on a little wooden trellis do really well in containers. I put some Soil-Moist granules in mine to help keep them from drying out. Hope you have a bountiful harvest!