The Joy of Planting

I live in Canada… northern Canada to be specific!  Winter is long and I try to make the most of it. We have winter gear, we play outside, we walk in the sun even when it’s cold.  We make snowmen, we have festivals called “Snowflake Social”.  We make the most of it!

But it is long…

A few months ago the local grocery store was selling Spring Bulb planters.  The lovely planter had this spring mix of daffodils, tulips, hyacinth and some other spring flower I don’t know.  I had such joy watching each bud bloom over a few weeks that it lightened the darkness of winter in January and February.  (See a picture of it on this post here.)

It got me to thinking! A lot!

In my new house I have wonderful raised gardens in our backyard for planting.  I didn’t get to the planting last year as we didn’t move in until August, and way too late for this northern climate.   This year though is a different story.  I got creative and decided to make a veggie garden plan!  And I decided that I didn’t need to wait until near the end of May (which is when it is safe to plant here in the great white north) to buy bedding plants, I could plant seeds!  I have some beautiful windows and lots of light so that is what I am going to do.  Make my own veggies from seed.   Eureka! I know you are thinking I am not the ONLY person in the world to come up with this brilliant idea, but I was pretty proud of the thought!

I found this book at one of my happy places (also known as the Enjoy Garden Centre in St Albert AB) a few years ago and bought as an impulse.

Gardener's Planting Log and Journal - a $5 impulse purchase!

Gardener’s Planting Log and Journal – a $5 impulse purchase!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been sitting on my bookshelves until this year.  I made a plan and I am gonna be a gardener!

Here is my lovely “drawing” of my Garden.  Just in case you can’t tell from the picture… I am not a drawer!

Don't judge... I can't draw.  I am fabulous at too many other things to be a drawer!

Don’t judge… I can’t draw. I am fabulous at too many other things to be a drawer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It also has the handy dandy seed log to help me figure out when to plant my seeds.

This was helpful to plan out when to plant the seeds in order for them to be ready for the end of May to go in my garden.

This was helpful to plan out when to plant the seeds in order for them to be ready for the end of May to go in my garden.

Once I made my plan, I hung out on Pinterest and have found some creative and eco-friendly ways to start planting my seeds.  I will keep you posted on this because I likely won’t start planting my veggie seeds until the end of this month as I don’t want them too big before I can get them outside!

 

 

 

 

But I was so excited to start that I decided to plant some herbs in my kitchen.  A lot of the research I read said that some herb seeds were hard to start and that it was better to start with a bedding plant.  Where I live though, there will be NO BEDDING plants anywhere for at least a few months so I took my chances with some seeds!

And look!  GREEN!

Parsley?  I hope so, as it will taste infinitely better than weeds in my cooking!

Parsley? I hope so, as it will taste infinitely better than weeds in my cooking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The package said this is parsley!  I am hoping that is what this is… it doesn’t look like parsley to me.  For all I know it could be weeds!  Whatever, it is green!

I am going to plant a few more herbs this week – lavender, basil, cilantro and mint.  I hope for similar results!  I will take pictures when I do and share them with you.

Here is to hoping my green thumb is not imaginary!  And here is to hoping that I have a wonderful fall harvest!

E

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3 thoughts on “The Joy of Planting

  1. :)) It’s parsley 🙂 You’ll see a true leaf come up in the middle soon, that will look familiar. Here in Alaska, we have much the same climate. Your post inspired me to get out and plant some seeds! Always enjoy your posts! XX!

    • Thanks! I was pretty sure it would start looking like parsley any minute now! And I should probably not complain too loudly about weather. I imagine yours is worse! Good luck with your seeds!

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