Planting Seeds

Yesterday the girls and I started planting up some tomato and pepper seeds.We had a break in the cold weather and snow (though it was still chilly) and I decided that now was the time. Quite frankly I have no idea what I’m doing with gardening. Last year was the first year we tried to grow anything, and it’s a miracle anything survived. No seriously, the only plants that did survive were the ones that I bought from the plant sale, so they already had a good start in life by someone who knew what they were doing. So this year I decided to take out a little extra insurance. We bought some trays with those plant-straight-into-the -ground-peat-pots and we planted quite a few seeds. I daresay, way too many, but I figure that when half of them don’t make it, we’ll still have a decent amount of viable plants. We didn’t have any markers so we improvised and used tiny clothespins meant for their art wires. They worked well. So now we’ve got tiny tomato and pepper plant seeds buried in moist, nutrient rich soil, just waiting to start their productive, fruitful, delicious lives. Fingers crossed that some make it. What are some of your favourite things to plant?

family, gardening, green, nature • Friday, March 26th, 2010 • 10 Comments »
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10 Responses to “Planting Seeds”

  1. Adina says:

    Love your markers. I have a black thumb, so I have no advice for you.

  2. cpcable says:

    This is what I’ll be doing this weekend as well! It’s also only my second year of gardening, but I think you’ve got the right idea: just put some seeds in the ground and let them do what they do. 🙂

  3. Ali says:

    Love your clothespin plant markers. I am very good at growing chives, but mine have survived the winter, so no need for any seeds here.

  4. Rattling On says:

    Looks like you had a good time whatever now happens! Love the pegs as markers.

  5. Emma says:

    I hope you get a good crop..nothing tastes as nice as home grown veggies!
    Loving the little peg markers.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Em x

  6. Emily says:

    This is my second year of gardening too. I was really disappointed with last year as the squirrels benefited more from our garden than we did. We’re hoping to devise some solution soon. Maybe a cage over the garden?
    I should probably plant some seeds soon too. I don’t have a very sunny spot indoors to keep them until they’re ready to be outside. Where are you keeping yours?

  7. AG Ambroult says:

    yes–safety in numbers. We always plant waaay too many of each, too, but then you can keep only the strongest ones. Good luck! I’m sure it’ll be great this year.

  8. farmama says:

    So fun! We still get excited when our seeds sprout up…..

  9. Mousy Brown says:

    I think the most important thing is just to enjoy it and not worry – When we first started growing veggies I read every book going and had advice from all over and I worried about doing it all right. It just made it stressful and didn’t help when we had a wet, cold summer and everything either went mouldy or got eaten by slugs and snails! It taught me an important lesson and now I try and enjoy the process – the results are just a bonus – Good luck! 😀

  10. Wendy says:

    Sorry if this makes you jealous! …. but we are in the sub-tropics of Queensland, so it is pretty easy for things to grow, as long as there is rain. My husband would have to be the main gardener of the household – I do the cleaning up and maintenance side of it. At the moment we have started our autumn plantings … tomatoes, broccoli, eggplant, spinach, silverbeet, peas, beans, potatoes, capsicum, chillis, sweet potatoes. We have a pretty good enclosure this year which will hopefully keep out the wildlife. I’m sure your plantings will be fine – you and your family will soon reap the rewards.

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