Garden a Growin'

I got really excited about starting a garden this year. Before I had moved to the new house in Maryland in March, I had gardening books shipped to the house awaiting my arrival. As a house warming gift, my mom gave me a gift certificate to Home Depot, some cute new gloves and a couple of gardening magazines because I had been talking about it so much. I couldn't wait to get my hands in the dirt- the day after I got to Maryland, we went to the store and I raided the seed packet display and potted herbs.

I went a little bit overboard on the seeds. Once I started looking at them, I couldn't help but grab for most of them. I mean, they were only a buck- why not?! And if I didn't plant them this year, there was always next. So, here's what I ended up with:

  1. Tarragon
  2. Zucchini
  3. Broccoli Raab
  4. Watermelon Radish
  5. Okra
  6. Lavender
  7. Fennel
  8. Habanero Peppers
  9. Cherry Peppers
  10. Eggplant
  11. Garden Beans
  12. Kaleidoscope Carrots
  13. Roma Tomatoes
  14. Jalepeno Peppers 
  15. Cabbage
  16. Arugula
  17. French Breakfast Radish
  18. Carrot
  19. Scallion
  20. Cucumber
  21. Watermelon
  22. Big Boy Tomato
  23. Sweet Red Pepper
  24. Dill
Yes, I know. A bit much for someone's first garden. 

So to start out, I had to figure out which of the seeds I could start indoors (I had already done some research about when to start seeds and when to transplants). For that, I consulted The Vegetable Gardener's Bible. In self-watering seed-starting pallets, I started the zucchini, lavender, habaneros, cherry peppers, eggplant, roma tomatoes, jalepenos, cucumbers, watermelon, big boy tomatoes, and sweet red peppers. 
I didn't get fancy with the labeling- a strip of duct tape labeled with numbers let me know what seed was in each row. 
For the seeds that have a long time to harvest, I used some tricks I picked up in Starting from Seed from Fine Gardening which you can find here. For the larger seeds, I took a fingernail clipper and made a slight nick in their coating that helps moisture penetrate and get the seed germinating. I didn't even think about trying it with the little seeds, but they have a trick for those, too.  I also soaked the seeds overnight (just not longer than 24 hours) to jumpstart their sprouting. 
Within a few days, I had little sprouts popping up all over the place and they just kept growing!
Per the know-it-all book, I transplanted the tomatoes, eggplants and peppers to larger pots as soon as their true leaves (the second set) appeared. 
Now that the threat of frost has finally passed, I'm looking forward to getting some of these babies in the ground! I'm going to have all of the tomatoes, peppers and the eggplant in pots on the deck and then everything else will go into our plot at the community garden. Well, not everything else! We'll see what fits. 

What's going in your garden this year? 

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Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes said...

I'm envious that you get to have a garden, even if it is a community one. One of my best childhood memories was living in a house with lots of land for gardening and we had greenhouses too. I wish we could have a vegetable garden now, but our subdivision doesn't allow it, nor do we have enough sun for a garden.

We do grow things in pots though. Tomoatoes did really well for us last year. We've tried squash and a few other things, yet seems the rabbits and our dogs feast out on those things before we can get to those.

Thank you very much for dropping by to share your garden plans and tips at my party this week!

Lauren said...

@Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes What great memories- I would love to have a greenhouse someday, that would be the ultimate gardening luxury. And good to know you can grow squash in pot- I love zucchini and am looking forward most to stuffing and frying their delicious flowers. Thanks again for the comment!

Motivated Mommy of two said...

Stopping by from Show me what you got link party. Things are looking really nice in your garden. This is my third try attempting to grow a garden and so far this time around it looks like I might be successful things are growing really nice. Here is the latest post on how my garden is doing


Reylan | Federal Posters said...

Wow you are truly motivated this month..keep it up.

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