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Seedlings ……

I have started putting the seedlings into the ground. I believe that is what they are called, these pots that have the veggies in them ready to go. I make sure to have a bucket of water near by and I dunk the whole pot into the bucket, remove the plant and plant it according to the instructions on the package. Today I worked on the schematics of my garden as well. Of course you have to keep in mind what is going where, and it’s instructions or harvest ETA. More info tomorrow!

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Yellow Tomatoes
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Planting the seeds…

As I mentioned before I purchased 3 packs of seeds and 1 box of seeds from Dollar Tree, to see if they grow. The box of seeds is pretty cool, I had no idea when you open the box there is about two cups of loose seeds in there. I guess I was expecting additional packaging. I have a big bucket out front that I sprinkled most of the seed into from the box. Next to the bucket there is a green pot that needed love so I put a bunch of seeds in there as well. After planting seeds/seedlings or any plant you water it nicely so I did that. They are both in direct sun for about 7 hours a day which is good most plants need at least six hours of direct sunlight unless otherwise noted. So here is a pic of the two planters with the dollar store seed box and the two pots lets keep an eye on them…

It has been so awesome getting ready for this years garden. I was able to start early enough to research the area of my yard I wanted to convert, read up on what I could/should attempt to grow and order a few things in advance so when the time really comes I am ready. My Dad also just signed me and my sisters up for the Gardening Club so we’ll be getting a few books etc… that will certainly help. Interesting enough my oldest sister Shannon is going to be starting her own garden this year. She lives up in northern California (95457) right on Clear Lake. She has a beautiful lake house and it will be interesting to follow her garden. Also my sister Kerry lives next door to me and she too is going to be gardening. Kerry has two very cool raised beds that she will be growing a lot of herbs, peppers, zuke’s and…..other stuff I am sure. Both of my sisters are struggling with shade. Their backyards are predominately shade so it’s cool that they can research things that can grow better in shade. That is why I am planting extra tomatoes too, because Kerry won’t be growing them this year — she just doesn’t have enough sun.

Kerry gave me this very cute herb pot for my Birthday in February 🙂 it came with its own dirt and seeds – as you can see the rosemary is growing so well out of the top and the other little spots have growth as well. I will keep you posted on this little pot!

Until next time – how is your garden?

What are you planting?

I would love to hear from you!

The yard is looking good

A lot of work was done yesterday with the first vegetables being planted and all the real hard soil work done. I am so relieved it’s time to plant. Too bad today is overcast in Long Beach, CA. Remember when you water your plants if it’s cold outside don’t get the leaves wet. If you water after 3PM don’t get the leaves wet. Wet leaves over night can cause disease in your garden. I always avoid spraying water directly on the plants unless it’s 0900 or 1000 in the morning. Otherwise avoid wetting the plant altogether, just water the dirt enough to reach the plants roots. Many people just water enough to get the dirt wet which is wasteful. Water less often and water deep 🙂

Enter the gnome: Emmitt


Before…

After

Rottotilling tomorrow!

Taking a day off to let the blister on my hand heal and also prepare to rototiller tomorrow. To do that tomorrow I need to soak the area tonight so it’s soft enough to work through. I will have pics during and after the job in the meantime — ALWAYS wear gloves!