Saturday, January 29, 2011


Seeds Seeds everywhere.  Oh, and seed catalogs too.
A tiny pepper plant, grown from seed.  It didn't make it.
If you don't know, my husband loves seeds.  Last year we must have collected at least 100 seed packets for our garden.  Note I didn't say we bought them all, we found lots of free ones, and bought a few.  We also rented a 20x40 foot garden plot from the city parks department.  A great deal at $8 for the year, we made fantastic plans for our garden.  We took care to plant and water and weed it.  Then we got busy with moving all of our things from one house to another and well, the garden was across town.  It was not entirely prosperous.  In fact, the only thing we actually harvested was onions, and not $8 worth.  We did have a lot of fun when we were in our garden space though.
Monkey "helping" in the garden.
We (I) decided that we would not rent the garden space again this year.  Though our yard is fairly small, I think we will do much better at gardening if we do not have to drive 15 minutes to get to our plot.  Did I mention that we had to take our own water with us, there is no water source at the community garden.  So from our house we can carry water all the way to the yard, that is a much shorter walk.  We've already decided just exactly where our 2 small garden plots will be, and what we'll put in pots on the front stoop.  Now, how do we ensure a successful garden?
Daddy Crum planting something
I have no idea.  We did a great job growing about 100 onions 2 years ago, and some radishes in another garden the same year.  This year our list is big.  We want onions, garlic, peppers, peppers, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, spinach, watermelon, pumpkins... and some herbs. 

What are you growing this year?  Do you have any suggestions about how to grow a healthy, vibrant garden?  We're not good at this yet, but we want to succeed so badly!


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