“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, & no culture comparable to that of the garden.” – Thomas Jefferson.
Warmer temps and sunnier days mean it’s time to get into the garden! Well, at least we can hope for no more snow. Due to my own excitement to get plants growing, I started seeds inside about a month ago. There were pros/cons to doing this so soon plus I lack a green thumb.
The starter kits are great for growing seeds inside, but I struggled with a few challenges. The kit was put in the foyer, by the front doors which are glass so they could get lots of sun. But if there was no sun for a few days, the seeds/soil would start to mold. I would keep the kit by a floor vent to help dry out the soil but regardless, it would start to mold quickly which also meant some seeds would start to mold (and not grow).
Regardless, a number of seeds did take root which included broccoli, brussels sprouts, flowers, lavender, basil, kale, rosemary, lettuce, and basil. Lavender did not do so hot, but the rest of the seeds did pretty well. However, by starting the seeds so early, the plants stated to get intertwined and caught together which made it hard to transplant them. Part of them were so tangled that they could not be separated. However, about ¾ of the plants were able to go into the garden.
The raised bed garden consists of 9 potato starts, 8 tomato plants, 3 rows of green beans, 2 rows of white onions, a row of flowers, row of kale, row of brussels sprouts, row of broccoli, and numerous herbs (rosemary, lavender, basil, cilantro, and a couple kinds of mint). And there is still room for more! It is amazing how much you put into a small space as long as you plan it out and help care for the plants so that they don’t’ overtake each other. Organizing taller plants in the back and shorter plants in the front helps with space and sunlight. (before and after photos)
The raised bed is easy to weed and care for. Plus, it is easy to harvest from. We get fresh produce for months out of this small, raised bed garden. Everyday this summer, I go will go out and pick or cut herbs to use in our meals. I love our raised bed garden and I had some extra help this spring. My little sidekick helped provide supervision to the garden this year. Hoping she enjoys growing a garden someday😊
Happy spring and happy gardening!