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How Does Your Garden Grow?- How I’m Growing My First Garden

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So, how does your garden grow? Mine’s growing in containers and I’m so excited. Almost all of them popped up! Honestly I’m surprised any of them did. I made a boo-boo when I planted them. I put the seeds in BEFORE I wet the soil. Huge duh!!! So when all of them popped up except the peppers I just put a couple more seeds in and I’m hoping  for the best! Also planted tomatoes after all the others because when I went shopping for the seeds (4/$1 at the Dollar Tree) they were out of them. So now the tomatoes are planted and should have no problem coming along just as nicely as the others are.

As I stated in the title, this is my first garden. I did attempt one before. Three years ago, a regular one in the ground. I spent hours planting the seeds in trays, bringing them down the stairs and outside to get the most sun and then back up again because it was still to cold outside at night; then leveling the ground and putting up a fence; then came time to plant them in the ground. I did and stood back admiring my work. Should have taken a picture because when I woke up the next morning ALL the plants were GONE!!! I was utterly heart broken. So much so that I didn’t want to attempt one again until now. Hopefully the plants will be safe on the porch in the front, in containers. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Okay, so this is how I put together my little container garden. Got all my supplies together:

  • Soil or growing medium- I’m using growing medium.
  • Large planters and saucers
  • Clean plastic containers- Think gallon water jugs, 32 oz yogurt containers. Styrofoam would work too.
  • Seeds- I’m growing tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, broccoli, kale, cayenne peppers, green beans, cabbage.
  • Popsicle sticks- Clean (100/$1 at Dollar Tree)
  • Sharpie
  • Plant food- I’m using Foxfarm brand, Grow Big*, Tiger Bloom* and Big Bloom*, that come highly recommended by my hubby. He’s been using it for his marijuana plants for three years and they come out amazing. This stuff is like liquid compost.
  • Watering can

 

Got all my supplies. Plant food comes later.

 

Now it’s time to plant. This is easy, peasy. Take those empty container you collected and put them upside down in the planters. If you have shallow planter like my white one, this step isn’t necessary. You want to displace some of the soil so the planters don’t weigh a ton and they’ll be easier to move around if need be. Like I mentioned, styrofoam or even packing peanuts will do the job, too.

Next, just fill all the planters with your choice of soil wetting the soil as you go. Once filled to about 2 inches from the top you can start planting the seeds. Just make sure your soil is nice and saturated. Not mud though. 😉 Follow the directions on the seed packets to know how deep you need to put the seeds. You could use a ruler, but I just eyeballed it.

Now that the seeds are planted you need to keep the moist on a daily basis. The plant food comes in once they pop through or about 2 weeks after planting. And mine popped! Yay again!

Kale and cabbage.

 

Broccoli and, hopefully soon, cayenne peppers.

 

Green beans

 

Summer squash.

 

Zucchini. And tomatoes are between the zucchini and summer squash but haven’t popped up yet.

 

My beautiful container garden. Okay, maybe it’s not beautiful yet, but it will be. Think positive thoughts!

 

Once they sprouted I started using the plant food*. Just follow the directions on the back and make sure your watering them every day. But take care not to over water your plants. And make sure you dump out any excess water from the saucers after feeding.

So there you have it, how to start a container garden. Rocket science, I know. 😉 I’d love to hear about your garden and how it’s growing! Leave a comment below. Till next time!

Kristine xoxo

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