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Weekend Well-Being: Start Your Garden Now

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.
  • Want to see the rest? Then

  • 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.

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.

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Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I can't start seeds inside. My cat eats my plants...she loves it when they sprout, too! They must be really sweet. I buy her cat grass because it says it will deter her from eating the houseplants, but I think it makes it worse. I need to find some kind of bitter apple or something my moms says...can't find it though.
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
But I do have a flower garden. Filled with all kinds of gorgeous flowers, and rose bushes. I love it.
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
Wow, I wish I could have a garden. But where I live you can't plant anything but flowers and shrubs :(
Arthur Arthur 10 years
:woohoo: so excited. This year: 2 tomato plants instead of just one, much more basil, adding cilantro, moving rosemary to its own pot, moving parsley to its own pot (or two if I feel ambitious). I think our roof patio is just a great place to grow tomatos. I was afraid they'd never turn red, instead, we didn't buy one in a store from july through mid november. I think that having my own home grown herbs made cooking alot more fun for me too. I have a lifetime supply of oregano now. Other things that worked well: thyme, mint, basil, sage. They just each need more room which they'll get this year. I tried Jalepenos, but they didn't work.
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