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Brown thumb be damned

April 22nd, 2010

I mentioned that I decided to try container gardening this year since we can’t dig up the yard in our rental house. I started everything from seeds…I’ve never started anything from seeds before except herbs so this should be interesting.

It isn’t pretty and it is unintentionally very orange. We bought inexpensive Sterlite containers from the store which shall not be named (oh the shame) and 5 gallon paint buckets from Home Depot. We drilled lots of holes in the bottoms for drainage then put an inch or so of rocks and then dirt.

We found out after starting this project that our home owners association doesn’t allow vegetable gardens. WTF? We have a privacy fence and decided to take our chances.

I have no real idea what I am doing. My dad gardened some while using us kids as slave labor but beyond his pride at having the first ripe tomatoes in the county I didn’t pay much attention. And I can guarantee he didn’t start his tomatoes from seeds. At this point, it looks like we might have plants big enough to bear fruit next July but we shall see what happens. The cucumbers and hot peppers and radishes are very happy. The lettuce is finally starting to look like it might live and might provide us with 1 salad some day for our efforts.

My herbs are out front where I had them last year. The parsley and oregano both came back like gangbusters. I’ve also put in thyme, basil, cilantro and chives. I have a rosemary plant but I am going to put it in a pot and hopefully keep it alive so it can move with us next year.

And so that everyone will forgive this dull post, I’ll throw in a little cute. Tessa loves to sit on my lap and watch what I am doing on the laptop. But she insists that she sit in such a way that she can prop her feet on the table. We’ll work on manners once she can talk. I promise, Mom.

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9 Responses to “Brown thumb be damned”

  1. dana Says:

    Very ambitious garden! I wouldn’t even begin a project like that. I’d fail. I can’t wait to see all those yummy veggies for your future recipes.

  2. nora Says:

    All of our friends have started these huge gardening plots and I’m totally intimidated. I may copy what you have done – I can dig my yard up, but then I have to mow around it and beg the bunnies to stay away with what, an electric fence?

    Love Tessa’s little toes!

  3. elle Says:

    looks like you are off to a good start. Remember, the lettuce won’t grow if it is too warm. With the tomatoes you are probably better off to scrap it and go to a garden center and purchase tomato starts. Usually you have to start tomato seeds indoors in late February/early March.

  4. Sonia in MO (FTC) Says:

    When you are knee-deep in cucumbers and peppers in August, you won’t care about the orange 🙂 Actually, I think your garden looks highly organized! Will look forward to future pics as it grows 🙂

    I started tomatoes from seed also this year (and planted them earlier this month), but I went ahead and bought two large plants from Lowe’s to hopefully get a head start on our harvest. And a cherry tomato plant that I put in a regular flower pot, because the house Princess will not eat regular tomatoes, but sure loves her some cherry tomatoes.

  5. Sonia in MO (FTC) Says:

    Forgot to add…. love Tessa’s teeny toddler feet! I miss teeny toddler feet!

  6. Burgh Baby Says:

    That’s really a very smart little set-up you figured out. I’m kinda jealous, especially after throwing out so many cracked clay pots yesterday. They were nearly the same color, used for the same purpose, but cost way more. :-/

  7. Jessica Says:

    I really admire the humor in your writing. The garden is impressive, too. 🙂

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