Saturday, March 12, 2011

Mistress Mary Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow?

Guess what Bruce brought home the other day?


As I said back in this post, the parsonage that we are moving to sits on a very nice piece of land and Bruce has been given the okay to plant a vegetable garden!  Other than a couple of tomato plants on our balcony in Atlanta, this is the first time we are attempting to grow our own vegetables and we've decided to document the entire process right here!

I am going to be honest up front - this may be a raging success, an epic failure or somewhere in between!  Right now the plan is to incubate the seeds in a container in Connecticut, transfer them to individual biodegradable containers and then replant them once we get to Rehoboth.  Once everything is replanted Bruce is going to experiment with different ways of catching rainwater so that we're being as green as possible in our efforts to grow this garden!  So stay tuned ...

Now where was I?  Oh right ...

Seeds!  We're going to attempt three different types of tomatoes (heirloom, roma and super beefsteak), lettuce, onions, peppers, parsley, chives and sunflowers.

We started with this mini-greenhouse.  Bruce poured warm water over the top of all of the peat discs.

And they expanded to be about twice their original size.

Then Bruce dug little holes in the discs while I got the seeds ready ...

We started with the tomatoes!

We put a couple of seeds into each disc and then carefully covered the seeds up.

Lettuce seeds are small!

Chive seeds are minuscule!

Sunflower seeds look gargantuan next to all the other seeds!

While we planted I drew a diagram so we can remember what is planted where ...

Now the seeds are covered with the clear plastic top (it came with the greenhouse) and being stored in a warm, dark place (Bruce put a towel over the greenhouse and put it next to a heater).

Next step ... wait for them to sprout!

And remind this furball that these plants are not for eating.

Wish us luck!


  1. So fun! And I find it interesting it says "chive, common". Is there an uncommon chive?

  2. @Steve - Cucumbers! I knew there was something we forgot! I think we're going to get another greenhouse, so I'll be sure to put those in.

    @Katie - I didn't notice that! Hysterical.

  3. I will have some herbs and flowers you can have too from my garden !! I always have a ton !!

  4. I should have said plants that you can have!! I thin out the garden in the spring so I will have some plants for you !!

  5. Aww, that sounds like so much fun! My dad just started a garden last summer, but I don't live close enough to reap the benefits of that...


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