This weekend we decided it was time to start our garden again. I’ll have to admit, we’re like the least successful gardeners ever. The only thing we’re really been successful at growing seem to be herbs – and WEEDS! Last year I think we ended up with only a handful of vegetables after having invested quite a bit of money in buying plants.
So this year we decided that for the most part we were going to try planting almost everything from seeds. That way, if we don’t grow anything we will have only spent a few dollars on seed packets. Luckily Aunt Becky has offered to give us some tomato and pepper plants because those you can’t just set the seeds out in the garden, you have to start the seeds inside (which again, is something that we have tried and failed at!).
We also decided that since previous years were not that successful that we would try a slightly different method of gardening called square foot gardening. This method really packs the plants into every available space. We only have two little 4 feet by 6 feet garden beds for planting so this seemed like a good approach. Here is what we have planned:
I am really excited about the spinach and lettuce. We’ll be planting 1 new row of spinach and 1 new row of lettuce each week so that our harvest (if we have one) comes in at slightly different times. We’re planning on harvesting them as little baby plants for some yummy salads. And hopefully add in some baby carrots and we’ll be eating salad at it’s best!
So it doesn’t look like much yet
But we’re hoping with a little loving care by us and especially our kids
that by next week we’ll be seeing a few plants shoot up from the ground from the seeds we planted!
And to hopefully make our garden even more successful, we decided to invest in a composter. I am so excited about it. I feel like a true tree hugger now.
Honestly though for years it has irritated me how much of our kitchen waste just goes down the disposal or out with the trash. Now I feel like all of our watermelon rinds, strawberry tops, orange peels and so many other things will finally fulfill their purpose in life!
We’ve only added some dry leaves and a handful of food so far, but we’re hoping that very soon we’ve have some nice rich humus building up in there to fertilize our garden with!
Yay for being green!