Sunday, March 28, 2010

Planted Seeds

Gardening does seem to be an alternative to lawn care...

I finally got the seeds started for the garden. I picked out the seeds that need 4 weeks or less of growing indoors because I'll probably put the garden in the ground near the end of April. The plants that need longer to grow indoors, like tomatoes, will have to be purchased because I don't have 8 weeks to get them started.

Note to self: Start plants next year in February. First task following taxes.

The seeds packets had clear directions on how deep to plant the seeds and how to thin them if more than one seed starts growing. All the directions said to keep the soil moist during germination. This is the big mistake I made last year, so this year I will keep everything well-watered!

I started zucchini, cucumber, yellow squash, broccoli, and pumpkin. I'm headed to the store later today to buy green beans and pea packets - I think those are sown straight into the dirt, but I'm buying the packets today to make sure.

A friend asked where I bought my seeds, so I'll tell you my packets are a variety of brands including Lilly Miller, Ed Hume, and whatever cheap company is at The Dollar Store. Usually I find gardening supplies/plants at Home Depot or Fred Meyer since I don't frequent nurseries. My cousin & another major gardening friend do visit nurseries, though, so they are surely worth checking out.

I'm also wanting to grow blueberries and raspberries, but I'm not sure how to work that out yet. I've seen small bushes advertised in pots and I know a blueberry bush will be easy enough to put in, but I want to be careful that any raspberries I plant don't go crazy like blackberries would. I might try the raspberries in a small pot. My cousin also has a raspberry plant in a container with a trellis that keeps it contained.

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