Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Garden Hopeful...


{via Martha Stewart}
  I have for some time wanted to have a garden. We have said we were going to sell our home at some point so I hesitated to put one in. My dad used to put one in every year when I was growing up. At the time I thought it was such work, but funny how I have come full circle on my feeling about having one. The kids are super excited about the thought of growing their own vegetables and being involved in the planting and picking. Another thing I love about it is involving them in good eating habits. I think even if you stray from your good habits you always come back to that foundation. 
So I decided we would try a very small container garden. And if the opportunity to move presented itself then I could pick up my garden and take it with me. I am however getting my plants in later than I wanted, but better late than never.
The kids and I went out and purchased 4 tomato plants today, with plans of planting them in our containers as soon as we got home. When I got a knock on the door of a neighbor saying that next door they had discovered a large honey making bee hive. They had a professional come over and spray it to remove it and not to let the kids outside. So I have plants, but they will have to wait another day before they go in the pot. Darn! 
Do you have any container garden advice you can give? I am hoping to expand up on our lil garden next year. Maybe even be able to do a raised bed garden. I had a client telling me about a method called the “lasagna garden”. Which is a layering of soil method. So I am going to do some checking into that.
Hope you are all having a lovely day. =)

11 comments:

Barbie said...

I have been wanting to do this too so I will be reading all of your comments for sure. :-)

The little kids are very excited. More than me I believe. Being that I haven't even bought one plant yet.

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

Happy growing!

I just put a garden in the ground...it's my first one and I'm a little nervous about it. I probably should have stuck to containers.

So, no I don't have any advice. haha! I might be able to tell you what NOT to do at the end of the season. Teehee.

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

P.S. I'm your newest follower! I <3 your blog. SO glad I found it!

BC said...

What a great idea! Can't wait to hear how it goes. I am a wimp when it comes to anything related to gardening (flowers and/or vegetables!). So I am very impressed you are giving this a try!

Lovely Little Nest said...

I just wrote a post about container gardening on Monday! Check it out here:

http://lovelylittlenest.blogspot.com/2010/04/cheap-treats-mini-herb-garden.html

Be sure to let me know any tips you have! I need all the help I can get! lol

Sharstin said...

I would love to try this! nothing better than something fresh from the garden--or garden containers for that matter! can't wait to hear how it goes!

Torres Family said...

Ah, someone to compare notes with! I am trying out container gardens for the first time this year. 2 tomato plants and 2 peppers. What kind of compost are you mixing with your potting soil? That's my last item to pick up before getting them in their summer pots.

Sarah said...

I want to plant a garden badly. I think we'll have to wait until next year due to our backyard being in bad shape. Can't wait to see how it all turns out.

Amy R. said...

I think container gardening is a great and easy way to have small amounts of the things you love. I just bought a book called Square Foot Gardening. The book is all about planting raised bed gardens instead of planting in the ground. I have loaned the book to two different people this week. I have a small lettuce garden growing now. I think we have had about 5 salads so far. I love that I do not have to buy bagged salad.
Good luck to you!

Jesse said...

Amanda, I just bought one of those huge bags of potting soil with the miracle grow mixed in. Hope it works. I'll let you know.

Jesse said...

Thank you all so much for your encouragement. I'll definitely be keeping you posted.

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