Hello and Happy Monday!
You’re probably grumbling at the idea of a new work week, but you know what? I figure it’s like this…. Don’t you feel good when someone smiles and wishes you a good day? You do. So here I am to wish you a happy Monday in hopes that it may, just may, help make the Monday blues just a little less cloudy.
One thing that has been making me happy lately is my attempt to turn my black thumb, into a green thumb. I’m one of those people who kills plants. I’ve always relinquished any responsibility when it comes to keeping greenery in a house. Dogs, cats, people… those things I can keep going. Plants, not so much.
But that’s about to change people, I’m telling you, I can feel it! I decided to give myself a project this summer of starting a garden. Now, living in Brooklyn in a North facing brownstone, I have zero natural light to even have window boxes, but I’m fortunate to have a wonderful boyfriend who lives in a wonderful house with a yard (!). And guess what, he bought me dirt! Isn’t that just the sweetest thing? I think so!
Anyway, I’ve gotten a step ahead of myself again. The gift of dirt will be explained next time.
The Green Thumb Project started with a bunch of seed packets from my local coop, a trip to Home Depot, a very helpful garden specialist named Antonio, and a 72 seed Green House Kit. It was determined that I would plant the carrots, kale, swiss chard, mesclun, arugula and broccoli raab directly in the garden, the rest I’d start by seed. Everyone told me to start with the easier method of container planting, did I listen? No. Typical.
Because I’m an organizational freak, this is what my seed starter spreadsheet (yes, thank you grad school for teaching me to use Excel for everything) looks like… You gotta keep track of these little buggers!
Now, after just one week, this is what they look like (minus a few green beans, already transplanted):
The green beans are the eager beavers of the class for sure! The summer squash (bottom row) are the runners up.
Look! The green beans even had to be transplanted to bigger homes already!
I’m a bit concerned, solely because I’m being told it’s entirely too early to put the green beans in the ground, so it’s quite possible that they will take over the entire living room, The Blob style, before I can put them outside in a few weeks. Wish us luck!
I’m super excited about this project, but recognize I’ve definitely bitten off a bit too much for my first gardening attempt. I’ll try and keep plant homicide to a minimum, and hopefully this summer we’ll be eating home grown veggies!
Are you a seasoned gardener? Do you have any wisdom to impart to this newbie? For my plant’s (and my ego’s) sake, please help!