Starting to garden

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Gardening has never been one of my strengths. If there was a plant to be watered in my household, it wasn’t me who did it. Now that I seem to have a handle on this whole “cooking thing”, I thought I’d try my hand at gardening from scratch (aka from seed).

My interest in gardening piqued when I tasted the veggies that came from my mother-law’s backyard. It was a revelation tasted just picked cherry tomatoes at their most ripe and eating a carrot that mere moments ago was stuck in dirt. Everything tasted so fresh and at its best.

As a kid, I never really paid much attention to the garden my mom had. I remember eating strawberries from my backyard as a kid, but I didn’t have the same appreciation then as I do now. I just remember them not looking magazine perfect before dipping them in sugar and eating them.

I really wanted to grow tomatoes indoors, but I heard that they don’t do too well. Using the power of Twitter, I asked Gayla from You Grow Girl if the tomato seeds I wanted to buy from her Etsy shop would stand a chance. As long as there is a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight, she said they’ll be fine. I got two different varieties Hahms Gelbe Topftomate and Haley’s Purple Comet.

I also wanted some herbs so I bought basil and garlic chive seeds from my local gardening store.

It took no time for one of the tomato plants to really start to grow:

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And now:

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Basil is growing like a beanstalk

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Mammoth-sized Haley’s Purple Comet

My other tomato plant?

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Not doing so hot…I think I might have to start over on that one.

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And my chives look pretty measly, but it’s a start

Things I’ve learned:

– When growing seedlings, if you put more than one seed in the container you will have to snip the weaker ones. I grew pretty attached to my seedlings and didn’t want to do it, but if you don’t do it, the plants will compete for nutrients and start a turf war.

– If your pots have drainage and they’re on a dish, you can fill the dish up with water and the plants can absorb whatever water they need

– It’s actually not that hard to grow something from seed. We made a faux green house by covering the tops with saran wrap until they sprouted and grew to a decent size. If a plant isn’t growing, you might need to vary how much watering it gets

– You don’t have to plant the seeds too far. If you plant them too deep they’ll take longer to grow or might not even grow at all. I planted mine just a few millimeters deep.

I’m hoping to get nice juicy cherry tomatoes from my tomato plant! I’d like to add cilantro and mint to my collection. Any others that I should add?

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2 thoughts on “Starting to garden

  1. Callie

    I’m new to “gardening” too (i.e. a few potted plants.) I suggest rosemary if you’re looking for more herbs. Mine is growing like crazy indoors and it’s quite resistant to drought once established!

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