Where do vegetables go for a few drinks?

“the salad bar”

My peppers finally gained some “pep” and caught up! I did do some transplanting as well for my other plants however a no go on the pictures yet (to come in the next post). I am starting to also map out the planting of all my seeds for the garden and finding out spacing. Larger vine growing plants like zucchini and melons are going to need a ton of room, as well as the tomatoes. That’s proving a bit difficult as they are hogging up a lot of my plot. One great thing about my lettuce seeds is I split the packet in half. Lettuce and beets are quick enough growing plants that you can actually plant them twice a season, so this will be my first bunch. I have some pictures below of my pepper plants, plus I have a few orphaned lettuce pods that weren’t ready to be transplanted yet. They needed a bit more nurturing in the Jiffy.

We have life!

My seedlings finally popped up after a few days growing in the Jiffy tray. With a bit of sunlight and regular watering we have success! The beets and lettuce popped up super quick just waiting for the peppers. The gestation period for pepper seeds is usually a little bit longer. For the lettuce seedlings, they love water. I was sure to water them a ton. The next step is to find translating containers for the time being while I finalize my final set up for the garden box. Usually people won’t transplant the seedlings to another container but in this situation I don’t have a choice unfortunately because the box isn’t done yet. Once I transplant, I will also have to thin out the seeds to ensure they aren’t over crowded. Overcrowding leads to slow growing weak plants, the lack of space and full sun with cause competition between them. Here’s some pictures of my seedlings!

Sayyyyy Whattttt???

Hey! I found this really awesome article talking about regrowing plants from your kitchen scraps. We all are probably familiar with potatoes growing little white spuds are just trying to make more baby potatoes but who knew other vegetables and fruits like pineapple (which can take 3 years to grow, deliciousness is patience which is a virtue) can grow inside a glass. Please take a look, definitely a mind blowing article!

http://www.diyncrafts.com/4732/repurpose/25-foods-can-re-grow-kitchen-scraps

Day 1

I am super excited to begin my garden! I went and collected all of my preliminary things and stayed way under budget (so far) which is already a plus. I typically never start out with seedlings but I wanted to do something different this time around and do more of a challenge. Full size, pre started plants from the store are definitely easy to start out with, but seedlings are a cheaper alternative if you have a bit of know how and what to buy. Before all of this you have to do the planning. I typically know what grows near my house due to past experience. We have pretty loamy soil, some sandy some clay, so it’s pretty hard to control what you have. You can always churn up the topsoil and add a little bit of fertilizer or Miracle Grow All Purpose too if you chose. This year I decided on doing a raised box garden. Typically that’s just a box made of wood filled with dirt. But these are so much easier than constantly bending over and a lot easier to maintain and control. I have about a week to two weeks before I start construction though. The first thing I needed to do was get my seedlings going. I chose to go with the Jiffy Greenhouse seed start kit, definitely in love with this. It makes starting your seedlings crazy easy. It comes with peat pots pre-wrapped so all you have to do is soak them in warm water, dig a hole, plant your seeds and cover them in the plastic cover. The container is reusable too which is a plus. You want to only start seedlings for some plants, most seeds will have the instructions on the back. I started peppers, lettuce and beets for this one. (Beets and lettuce can be temperamental and you typically don’t start them in seedlings but I do what I want and am going to give it a go.) I also love the Burpee brand seeds, so I bought a load of those (and they were on sale, more of a plus). Some of the seedlings might take a while, but we will see what happens!

I also included a video on growing seedlings from Burpee, they are talking about a heating pad for the plants but you don’t necessarily need that. I just keep mine in a warm area and make sure they have water and a little bit of sun. You will want to keep the lid on to keep them warm until they start sprouting, this will help with germination.

Also, be sure not to over water … you don’t want mold. Just enough to keep the peat dark brown.

 

 

Prelude

Initially there is a ton of planning that goes into design and maintaining a successful garden. Research and prior knowledge will be some of your best friends in this process, and trust me you will learn as you go. The number one thing to remember is to not be discouraged if something does not turn out. It’s a learning curve and I can assure you, you will learn as you go. I could barely take care of a cactus until I started picking up books and avidly googling the traits of the trade. By this post, I had my plants selected due to past success rates in addition to wanting to challenge myself, for example the ever intimidating Lactuca sativa …. or better known as lettuce. But we will get more into that in the next post. There’s several different types of gardeners. The perfectionists (myself), the bare minimums, the half doers … No matter what type you are it is growing your own food is easy with a little dedication. I will include some pictures as I start my journey from mere seeds in a peat pot to a full blown harvest. Throughout my blog I will also include tips and tricks for successful gardening.