I call it creative gardening, but really it is just a vegetable garden. My first fully planned vegetable garden. I wrote about the planning here in “The Joy of Planting” and wanted to show you my progress.
I had spent a lot of time on Pinterest this winter (it felt like a LLLOONNG winter) and I found some cool ways to plant seeds. (Check out my Pinterest boards here.) I gathered some toilet paper rolls and some paper egg cartons to plant my seeds in and got to work.
Here are some pictures of my efforts…
Loads of fun!
Then, I re-arranged my whole living room so that the table could be in the front window so the seeds could grow!
Then a miracle happened! The snow melted!
Ok, that isn’t actually a miracle because it happens every year. But the snow being gone meant that I could get outside and weed the ACTUAL vegetable garden. This is a new house to us, and to be honest I didn’t much care about the garden last fall, so it was a bit of a mess!
Now the garden is mostly ready. I will still need to pull out weeds occasionally because I let the weeds go to seed in the fall, but it looks much better. The bad news is though, that I will need to wait until the 3rd week of May in order to plant my new seedlings That is when it is least likely to frost again (did I mention I live in NORTHERN Canada?).
So here they are now…
To be honest, the broccoli and the tomatoes are NOT growing well at all! I think the egg cartons are not as good as the toilet paper rolls. I am not too fussed about it though because I will get bedding plants if these don’t pick up in the next 3-4 weeks.
I will also be planting peas, beans, carrots, and potatoes to name a few. I have some hollyhock seeds from a plant I had at my last house that I hope grow too. There is also a beautiful area for some LARGE sunflowers. It is going to look marvellous! We are hoping to do some camping this summer so I better consider who is going to water these babies in July!
I also started some herbs inside. I hope to move them outside when the weather is warm enough too. I am having mixed results on them though. The lavender and mint are barely growing (and I suspect they are actually weeds from the potting soil – does that happen?) but the cilantro, and parsley are growing like crazy. The basil… well, it is pretty tiny but maybe just needs some time!
So that is it! I will update with more pictures once it is all outside!
Happy Vegetable Garden-ing to you!