Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I'm A Garden Cheater

My husband built me this wonderful grow light center so I could grow seeds for our garden. I used it a lot last year. This is a picture from last year. Aren't all the plants beautiful? This year I have used it some for my broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower plants. My plants haven't done very well this year. It might have something to do with the fact that I didn't water them often. I also started several weeks later than I usually do so my plants are little. I am still caring for them, but today I went to the feed store. I spent $34 and BOUGHT my broccoli and cabbage plants. I also purchased green onions. I feel like a cheater, but I sure am glad I got some plants in the ground!

I planted three of our raised beds. My first bed is all broccoli. My second bed is a hodge podge. I planted 5 cabbage plants, beets, and 3 different varieties of lettuce. I also sprinkled some radish seeds in there too. There is a small spinach spot as well. I used my green onions as borders between my different types of lettuce. My third bed is an entire bed of peas. This will be enough peas for our family to enjoy fresh, but I am sure there won't be near enough to put any in the freezer.

So even though I am a garden cheater, I at least got some plants in the ground. There I said it and I feel better. I will continue to minister to the baby plants in my greenhouse area. I am hoping they will make a full recovery and I can plant them a bit later this spring. (I am not holding my breath...apparently water is pretty important)! How does your garden grow?

grace and peace,


Tracy said...

I've not had success at starting seeds indoors. I wish I could do it, but we just aren't set up for it right now.

Congratulations on getting so much planted!!!


TnFullQuiver said...

The grow lights are very important so you can adjust the distance from the lights to the plants. Oh, yea, water helps too!

grace and peace,

Ashley said...

Oh, I love your grow lights! I can't wait to get some once we get all settled into the new house. I love your blog btw, very inspiring to me! :)

Dreamer said...

You're not a cheater! Don't say that, because if you are, then so am I. ;)

If these cauliflower seeds that I started don't do better then I'm going to pull them out and plant something else there. I may end up buying all my plants. I'm sewing some tomatoes tonight.

I'd like to try potatoes too. This will be the first time, so I'm a little nervous. I have to get the hubby to till my old garden patch. The tomatoes and other seedlings will go in the raised bed.

Keep us updated. It's nice to commiserate with others during the planting season.