[Mis]adventures In Gardening : The Beginning...

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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!

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  1. I started a garden last year, everything went well until I planted my seedlings, I just think there was not enough sunlight. Sadly I did not really get any fruits of veggies :( Hoping for a better yield this year! Plus I have to remember to water and fertilize, LOL. I have a bit of a brown thumb since I never remember to take care of them!

    1. I have never tried it before and I really hope it works out for me, lol. I noticed some of my seeds had not sprouted after a week, so I shook off the top layer to begin again and bam! there were my cluster of gorgeous sprouts! It was like that in three of my pots...I had buried the seeds too deep.


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