Saturday, March 28, 2009

My 1st Garden: Baby Steps

I'm going to swallow my pride and share my gardening experiences with you this year. This will be the first garden I've had since I was a kid living on a small farm. I've wanted to start one for many years now, but there was always one thing or other in the way.

One of the biggest factors holding me back was my own fear and sense of intimidation. There is so much involved in gardening that I don't know. But as with most things in my life I'm just going to plunge in. I'll find resources and get help from friends along the way. :) So this may be a learning-from-my-mistakes year, but that is still forward progress so I'll try to stay positive.

So I'm now in a house with ample yard space to start a veggie garden. The space I'm going to use has been neglected for a couple years. So this first picture is after a day of work trying to find the ground under all the leaves.

The second thing I've done is to start a few plants inside. I'm trying to do this garden on the cheap, so I loved this idea of using toilet paper rolls for starting seeds. Check out Nature Moms Blog for that and more great tips.

I've got two containers like this going. I started cherry tomatoes and green peppers and catnip. I'm crossing my fingers hoping they'll work out.

So that's it for this update. I have a feeling the next update might involve some cursing over my sore back after digging out the garden plot...

9 comments:

Countrywindows said...

I will plant a small garden with maybe some squash and okra, but I spend most of my garden time in my flower garden. You can see part of my flower garden in my blog. I'm sure your garden will grow!

Leslie said...

You have a great looking space for a garden. I REALLY need to clean up my garden but this darn rain keeps coming on the weekends. I just started my garden blog and am now following you, look forward to seeing your progress.

kate said...

That's a great garden spot! I love gardening and learn something new every year...very rewarding!! Best of luck~ and thanks for the tips!

LizzyT said...

Our garden is something I need to tackle this year. That is a good tip with the toilet roll holders :)

Splendid Little Stars said...

Good luck with your gardening project! My luck has varied depending on the soil and climate of the various places I've lived in. Also i now know that Indiana squirrels do not like tomatoes; Ohio squirrels do.

CraftyDragon said...

Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement! :)

Audrey said...

Good luck with the gardening!! I've tried starting seeds inside with little luck. Now I just go to the greenhouse and get what I need as far as tomatoes, peppers and flowers go. Look forward to seeing more pics of your garden!!

Audrey said...

Added a link to your blog on mine - under "Etsy Bloggers" on the right sidebar!

Thanks so much for adding my button to your blog.

Melanie said...

I too am going to start a garden this year, but this will be my first ever! I'll have to keep up on your progress to see what I need to do. Thanks for the comment on my blog...btw my b-day is a whole day of relaxing! :)