[Mis]adventures In Gardening : The Beginning...6:49 PM
I have a very close friend who is a woodworker. For the past 3 years he has been successfully growing tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. Seeing how fruitful his harvest has been coupled with my desire and need of fresh herbs and vegetables, I decided, heck, why not try a hand at it. I have never grown anything that required photosynthesis other than in the third grade when we sprouted beans from dried peas. I remember taking it home to my mom, placing it in the kitchen window and never thought about it again.
Alas, here I am, trying my hand at it. First, I did research. I am one of those people who loves to read and if I am interested in something I will read up on it, learn about it and then pinterest the heck out of what inspires me.
So, what am I growing? I wanted to start small. I purchased seeds for cilantro, lavender, rosemary, basil, and dill. I got some soil and planted them in their own seedling pots. So anxious, I potted some in styrofoam cups when I ran out of seedling cups. I would recommend sticking to the more eco friendly seedling cups. It only took about a week before my seeds started sprouting. My basil has the nicest small leaves already.
After seeing that I could at least sprout seeds, I decided to purchase plants. I have tomato, watermelon , cucumber and jalapeno plants. They are thriving. I have started them all indoors but place them outside in full sun for 6 hours each day. Now it is time to plan my outside garden. It will consist of part raised bed for my herb garden.
I will update as they grow and when I make harvest a recipe using the 'fruits of my labor' are sure to follow. I am feeling pretty confident about this.
If you are a gardener and have any tips, feel free to share!