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Let the Gardening Commence!

January 24, 2010

Have I mentioned how excited we are to get this show on the road with gardening? We officially planted our first seeds today because Amelia has been begging me all week to “please plant my garden.”  At the store a few days ago we had some extra time, so we wandered to the gardening section and she came very close to losing her mind. COMPLETELY.

She was allowed to pick one thing and she spent a good 15 minutes just wandering. First, it was some violets that we could water and watch grow. Then some bulbs(I think they just looked interesting? She was convinced that they were onions.) Then…OH, THEN…she found the seed packet displays…and completely lost it. She wanted every single one. She finally decided on strawberries and has been walking around with the packet all week, showing “her strawberries” to anyone and everyone who will listen.

So this morning we started some seeds. I’m well aware that it’s probably way too early. We put in seeds to start Marigolds, Sunflowers, Cucumbers, Lettuce and Strawberries.  Honestly, right now that’s not the point. I can buy another packet of seeds in a while when I’m really ready to plant them in the ground – right now she’s just excited to have something to take care of and water and check each day and watch sprout and grow. What could be more exciting??

{Feel free to go ahead and note that not only do I have two different dates

on them, even though we made both this morning, they also both have “09” as the year.}

In the interim, I’m working on more planning for our garden.  Here’s what I’m using:

  • This site to plan veggies and herbs
  • This site to help me figure out good locations
  • A few books – old and new. Sometimes it’s just so much better to just read a book and stop the endless jumping from link to link on websites. 
  • Most of all a pen and paper.  Just under a million lists and more lists – what veggies, fruits, herbs, flowers we want, what we’ll actually eat, what we can actually grow, where they’ll go…the lists are endless and so refreshing right now. It just seems like the possibilities are so endless. I like that:) This is the current “short” list of fruits, veggies and herbs(flowers are somehow a whole different monster):

Can I please just add, for the record, that none of this even begins to touch on the general yard work and landscaping we’re going to need to do this year because last year was filled with new house busywork and a new baby and a just-barely-2-year-old? I foresee a lot of time spent outside this spring and summer and fall…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2010 9:31 pm

    Thanks for the links – they will be really helpful when I start this year’s garden! Actually, I should start planning it at least…
    I never thought to start seeds in the food containers – we have plenty of them. Going to stash a few for my seedlings!
    Thanks again for the info!
    Cara

  2. January 25, 2010 12:58 am

    i am SO excited to watch your garden grow. i hope mia gets a great crop of strawberries!

  3. seekingsibling permalink
    January 31, 2010 2:23 pm

    Oh fun! Owen was just getting into the garden last year (we gave him a plot all his own), but I think he’ll be really into it this year! I was just talking to Ben about starting some seeds soon (though I’m not sure I’m quite ready to take full time care of them, so we’ll see if that happens before March.)

    Just wait until she can eat food right out of the ground. Our children, at least, won’t think food just comes from the grocery store!

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