Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Adventure of Gardening - Planting and Week 1

My Pop (my mom's dad) can grow anything. Every year he has a beautiful garden that is planted in my mom's backyard. When I come home during the summer, I am absolutely delighted to partake in his home-grown goodies. He also richly blesses others with his crop. Friends and family alike are routinely blessed by large bags of veggies. Most of the time the bags contain his favorite crop - tomatoes. His plants are grown with love, and he enjoys...more than anything... sharing that with others. You may or may not remember this picture from 2007...
Pop and James "gardening"
Oh my baby was so small!

Well, because of that....and the belief that somewhere in my blood lies this "planting" gene....I decided to embark on a journey to grow my own "garden". Now my Pop obviously has gardening space. However, we are currently live in a rental home, and that does not allow us to till up earth and plant like crazy. So, I consulted a lady at church who grows her garden 100% in containers. She was nice enough a couple of Sunday's ago to hand me a list detailing how to get started "container gardening" style....

So sweet!

I also got some help from this handy dandy planting guide.

I decided to start small....I guess if this year goes well, then next year can be bigger....and I purchased two seed packets for tomatoes and summer squash, two large pots, draining rocks, and soil. Then I drilled draining holes into the bottom of the pots, and filled the bottom with about 2 inches worth of rocks.

Then I filled the pots with soil. I read somewhere that soil labeled "professional" was important (I wish I would have bookmarked the site....I would have shared it with you). Also the "mystery" site said the soil should be light like cake mix. Surprisingly the "professional" soil was not expensive, and was light just like cake mix! Almost good enough to eat....almost....

What were the kids doing while I was planting? They helped for a little bit. I tried to get photos but soil was going everywhere and it didn't work out. They also spotted a lizard, and observed it....from a distance of course....

Lizard Friend

Here is one of my pots....fully planted and placed in a nice sunny spot!

Now here's the exciting part!
WEEK 1 Results!
Can you see it?
There is the sprout of my very tiny tomato plant!

The next one is a bit easier to spot...
There's my sweet little squash sprout!
I mean I know I planted the seedsm but I was still surprised that they actually sprouted! Seeing the sprouts was very awesome. The kids were excited too! It's an even more exciting experience seeing their minds take in the miracle of life through growing plants.

Now I just hope that I actually get veggies from them!
Come back next week and see how we've grown! Also, feel free to share your growing stories in the comments section, or share links to your garden journey. Happy Growing!


Brianna said...

How cool! I never thought of growing a veggie garden out of pots! Hmmmm, my wheels are turning. :) Thanks for sharing!

Jackie said...

I wish you well with this endeavor. I had hoped to channel the green thumbs of my grandfathers. Graham swing set now resides where my garden once grew if that tells you anything! The container idea does sound appealing so I look forward to seeing how it works for you.

Laura said...

I got a little overly excited this year about planting my own veggies & herbs and planted last week when it was warm & sunny...now they're calling for snow this weekend and my little plants might not make it. Ugh, Minnesota...can't winter just end? Good luck w/ yours, maybe we can pass along pop's love of gardening to his great-grandchildren!