So last week I introduced you to my Green Thumb Project. Well it continues! I spent Easter weekend at my boyfriend’s in Connecticut, aka the home of my garden. We made a trip to Home Depot where he bought me dirt – romantic, right? Personally I think there are a few motivations behind his support – 1) it keeps me entertained while he’s working, 2) it will (hopefully!) produce home grown veggies at his disposal – really, the way to a man’s heart truly is through is stomach! and of course 3) this project makes me happy. Anyway, we came home with a few bags of both potting soil and garden soil.
I spent all weekend turning this:
I tilled the existing soil, spread and mixed in the fresh, new, stinky, garden soil, and then, after a decent amount of research, determined that the easiest way to figure out the number of seeds/plants in any given area, and what is where, would be to plot out a square foot grid. Many seed packets, or instructions, say for example, 16 seeds per sq ft. or two plants per sq ft. So that’s what I did.
The green beans you saw sprouted last week – those will go in the back where I’ve tied string for them to grow up.
My last step for the weekend was to plant the direct sow seeds I mentioned previously – carrots, swiss chard, kale, arugula, mesclun and broccoli raab. I marked them, watered them, and hoped for the best!
I also planted a cherry tomato and a basil plant in a larger planter. I was later told it was all-together too early and that both will probably die – so hope for no more really cold nights! Later I gave the planter some other inhabitants – cilantro (for the boyfriend, not me, I think it tastes like soap. Do you feel the same way? read this NY Times article.) and rosemary. I planted mint separately so it doesn’t take over – it’s bossy like that you know. How great is it to have fresh herbs at your finger tips?!
As of today, April 23rd 2012, everything is sprouting in the garden! Exciting! At the moment they are teeny, tiny little sprouts, but they are alive and growing strong. Yay!
Continued suggestions, words of wisdom, and motivational thoughts welcomed! I’m not going to lie – I’m going to be pretty disappointed if nothing actually grows. I try and remind myself that at the very least, it’s peaceful and relaxing to play in the dirt. That simple fact makes me feel this project is certainly helping me live well by reducing stress, and it will hopefully help us eat well this summer. That’s what it’s all about – Live Well. Eat Well. Be Well.