I love gardening. Playing in the dirt is relaxing for me and growing stuff to eat is a big bonus. Growing your own herbs and veggies is a sure fire way to know how they have been grown and that they are pesticide free. Plus they are going to be very fresh when you eat them. Now is the time to give your garden a head start, even if you can't get to the soil yet. You can start your garden inside.
Here are some tips for starting your garden:
- Get your seeds. You can use seeds that you saved from last year's veggies or go to the store and pick some up. Don't forget the herbs and flowers too.
- Make sure you have some little containers where you can grow your seeds. If you're using old ones from last year, just make sure you clean them out thoroughly to get rid of any diseases that could kill your new seedlings. If you use plastic ones like old yogurt containers, make sure you poke a couple of holes in the bottom for drainage. I like to use biodegradable peat pot containers that you can plant directly in the ground. Make sure you have some trays to put them in too.
- Pick up some potting soil and some lush compost.
- You want to start sprouting the plants that take the longest to grow so that means herbs like basil and rosemary, tomatoes, and peppers.
- You'll want to wait to plant root vegetables like carrots and parsnips until it gets warmer. These seeds need to be planted directly in the soil because once they've started growing, they hate to be moved.
- Plant twice as much as you think you'll need. Seedlings are very delicate, and sadly, some may not survive.
- Keep the seeds moist. If you have kids, watering the "garden" can be their job (just make sure you watch them - you don't want your seeds to be swimming).
- Once your seeds have sprouted, you'll want to put them in a nice sunny spot. If you don't have a window that gets a lot of sun, you can buy grow lights.
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That's it. I love when the first seeds begin to sprout. Then I know summer weather is not too far away. If you've got any more tips, I'd love to hear them, so tell me below.