OK! So it has been a while. Moving in has taken a long time and truth be told I haven’t finished unpacking. My sewing machine is still in a box. But today I am blogging something different than ever before. GARDENING!
I have been really excited to garden this year. This is the first time in my adult life that I have had a yard and climate that suited to gardening and I want to take full advantage. I must admit, I am not a great gardener. In the past, even though I have tried very hard, I have brutally murdered any living, green thing that has come my way. When we lived in Florida, I tried potting a tomato plant. I didn’t exactly kill it. But, it developed a dislike for me and refused to bear fruit. Seriously… not a single tomato!
It is like in that Tinker-bell movie. I am a tinker fairy! I am not a garden fairy. The thing is, I real, really, really, want to grow things. I don’t care that I don’t naturally have a green thumb. I wasn’t born with the natural ability to read either. I had to learn how. So! This Tinker fairy is going to learn some Garden fairy skills how ever long it takes… it may take a while.
I have spent the last two months online researching everything I can get my hands on about gardening in this area. So, for the month of March I will be preparing for spring planting and I will be blogging it.
I found out that the USDA(United States Department of Agriculture) developed a Hardiness Zone system that is now used world wide. We may have screwed up with the metric system, but we Americans know how to Garden/Farm. Once you have determine what zone you live in, you can find out when to start planting and what will grow the best in your area.
I have found that I am Gardening Zone 6. That means I will be planting mid to late April, so I am starting my seeds now. As I have been researching I have been very surprised to find out how expensive gardening can be. Depending on the plant, it can be a full 90% cheaper to start seeds yourself rather than buying the plants pre-grown. If you want more that just weeds in your garden that will add up quickly.
I got a great tip from a friend who said to check out my local Dollar Tree for seeds. I got almost all I needed for 25 cents a piece. Rather than spending $10.00 on a seed starter tray, I had my kids save all their yogurt cup. I got what seeds the dollar store didn’t have and some seed starter dirt from Lowe’s.
What I Needed
Seed Starter Dirt
My girls had been at my shoulder watching me research and helping me shop, as a result they were very excited about the project. So they insisted on helping me. After thoroughly washing all the yogurt cups and poking holes in the bottom of them, we labeled them, dated them, and filled them with wet dirt(Seed Starter) and added the seeds according to instructions on the individual packets.
The only seeds not planted in yogurt cups were the Dahlias. The packet said to do them in a tray so I used an old toy box that had broken couple weeks ago. We put the whole thing on top of the fridge. Apparently the warmth of the fridge aids in the growing.
All together this first step to my garden cost me $23.98 and about 13 hours of internet research.
If all goes well we will be putting these in the ground or pots in six weeks. In the mean time Salem and Piper are asking me three times a day if the seeds have grown yet and are praying for them in every prayer they say. That is a lot of pressure. If this doesn’t work, there will be three broken hearts instead of just one.