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The wonder of seed germination

I planted my seeds about two weekends ago. I water the garden 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night. I water once a day when it’s cooler out. I can’t believe what has come up already. Peas, snap peas, 4 varieties of lettuce, spinach, kale, swiss chard, carrots, beets, onions, cilantro, dill, chives, basil, squash, cucumbers. The only two things I am waiting on are cabbage and broccoli, but I did read it takes about 3 weeks for them to sprout, so I am crossing my fingers.

The pepper plants and tomato plants that I bought from Clark Fork Organics are thriving as well. I can’t wait until everything grows into a wonderous compilation of texture, color and smells.

After reading some of the other blog posts on this site I wanted to give a little advice on some plants I grew last year that may be helpful, especially to new gardeners, which I was last year.

  • basil – when your basil gets flowers on it, break the flowers off the plant, this will encourage new growth and you basil plant will start to bush out. If you do not pick the flowers off, your basil plant will be done growing and you will not get much yield from it.
  • lettuce – if you are like me its hard to know how much spacing occurred during the planting of the seeds. When your lettuce gets to about 2-3 inches high and has a small bunch of lettuce leaves you can transplant the lettuce elsewhere to help space out the lettuce, thus getting a better yield.
  • beets & carrots – once these reach a height of a few inches you will want to thin them out so that they have spacing between them and can grow big a plump. They also taste best if left in the soil until after the first frost.

Hope that helps some of you. If anyone else has anything like this to share I would be very appreciative.



Built, Planted, Wait

The fence was completed last weekend….things were planted this weekend, many things. I also added some native plants to the space….now I wait and watch. I’ll let you know what comes up first until then here is a visual image of my backyard transformation.

Dig Day…the grass is gone!

Dig Day

My Fence Building Partner

Heather & LaNette

The Fence is Done…and now I wait

The Fence

I wait to see what grows…..Garden Planted

Garden planted