Monday, April 23, 2012

Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow!

It’s garden time! Well, with this unseasonably warm weather, it’s been garden time for quite some time. But, I am thrilled to say that this past week we finally got all of our seeds planted (only about a week later than last year which was only about 3 weeks later we had wanted to begin with – oops!). We used a lot of seeds from last year so we’ll see how well they germinate. We stored with them in a cool, dry cabinet with some of those moisture absorbing packets that come in shoe boxes or pill containers. Our seeds primarily came from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds with a few extras coming from Pinetree Garden Seeds. We are committed to a non-GMO, organically raised garden.


For some reason garden planning always manages to overwhelm me. I think it’s because a) I really have no idea what I’m doing and b) I want to do a little bit of everything! But we got all our seeds planted in the same evil-plastic cups we used last year successfully.


The boys were a big help/total terror during the process, but they are excited and that’s what matters! They helped write labels on tongue depressors and put them in the (hopefully) correct cups.


We still need to get the grow lights up today as we have things sprouting and reaching for the window but here is our shelf of seeds. We have a couple variety of tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet peppers, eggplants, green bush beans, onions (totally wrong timing for these but we had seeds so figured why not!), broccoli, and cauliflower.


The extra cups that didn’t fit on the self went onto the back porch.


Plus we direct sowed carrots, two types of lettuce, spinach and kale in to the garden.


Our 2 year old strawberries are looking happy.


Our raspberries have some nice new growth. They were transplanted here mid-summer last year.


And our blueberry bushes planted last year have some pretty blossoms on them.


Plus we’ve got most of our herbs planted. Cilantro, thyme, basil, rosemary, oregano, fennel, parsley and chamomile. The oregano and fennel are a few years old and keep coming back strong!


Those pots will be moved throughout the patio to decorate as we work on finishing this beautiful patio we got last fall. After that, we hope to start some sunflowers in this spot so they fill in blank spot on the back of the house. I’ll post patio before and after pictures as soon as we get a little further along. I won’t wait until we’re done because I fear we never will be!

I can’t wait to see and eat the goodies that will be growing shortly! Combined with our CSA, we will have plenty of fresh produce along with lots to preserve. We just got a juicer so I know that is where a lot of the extra, we don’t know what to do with it, veggies will be going. Yum!

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