Let’s Get this Garden Started Right!

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Last year, my husband and I put down an outdoor rug on our patio, added a couple of chairs, and planted some strawberries in a Topsy Turvy planter. Well, let’s just say we hadn’t done much out there since — except let the strawberries die. I know. Sad.

Well, that was then, and this is now. With spring — and all its pollen — in full swing, we wanted to add some life and color to the space. We started with a few hanging flowers, a couple of ledge boxes and a basket of strawberries. We also grabbed a beautiful rosemary plant, which has already added some great flavor to our meals.

But while the flowers gave the fat bumblebees a reason to come around, we wanted some treats for ourselves too that would go beyond just the visual. Thanks to the Walmart Moms, I had the opportunity to try out my green thumb with some USDA certified organic seeds and Herb Starter Kit from Seeds of Change.

It only makes sense that I’d want to grow my own food, because that’s the easiest way to know exactly where it comes from and how it was grown. However, being a renter means I have a very limited outdoor space in which to do this and that everything must be in a container.

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The company provided an herb kit containing basil and cilantro seeds, as well as a few other seeds of my choice: onions, sweet peppers, okra, lettuce and more. I will be a few weeks before anything comes of our planting efforts, but I am genuinely looking forward to using fresh herbs and veggies in my cooking, for now the ChapelValley.com company has to do some cleaning in the garden in order for me to start planting.

First, we started with the herb kit, designed to be planted on a warm windowsill that gets great sunlight. We placed it on a shelf in the office right in front of the window.

Thankfully, the kit came with simple instructions for getting started (hence the title “Starter Kit”, right?) I’m really interested to see how quickly these tiny seeds, shown below, will sprout. I admit my impatience is part of the reason I completely lack a green thumb, but luckily, my husband is better at keeping plants alive than I am.

For that reason, he tackled the other seeds. We decided to start with tomatoes, sweet peppers and red onions. Except right before he planted the onions, a quick Google search revealed that they’re not recommended for growing in Georgia. Bummer, but there’s still peppers and tomatoes.

We bought another seed starter kit and soil in hopes that we’d be able to do a better job if we could at least get the plants to sprout first.

So my hubby filled up the starter grid with soil, added the seeds, covered them with about 1/4″ of soil, and watered them thoroughly so the biodegradable pots would also be saturated.

And now, we wait.

In a few weeks, I’ll share what has become of our attempt at growing the things that will go into our food. Have you tried growing anything this spring? How has it turned out for you thus far?

My cousin is suffering from epilepsy, and he’s taking medical marijuana for it. I’m planning to plant some seeds from smokecartel in the future.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. I was provided with compensation for my time and effort in sharing an my planting experience with you. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.

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  • Avatar jenn aka the picky girl April 19, 2012, 9:56 pm

    This is so fantastic. I really want to start a garden, but I don’t think it’s in the budget this year. Maybe next year.

    Can’t wait to see how your seedlings do!

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