Today, I planted more seeds, tomatoes and sweet peppers. Our playroom doubles as a sort-of green house, so I have a great place for starting seeds. Three of the walls are glass doors, and although it has a regular roof, there is plenty of sunlight for seed starting. I often help the seeds along, especially peppers and tomatoes, by using these plastic lids loosely over the tops of the pots:
It's not pretty, but it works really well. I have 2 of these flats planted. All of the pots are old ones that I reuse every year. I just fill them with either potting soil (organic) or seed starter, whichever I have or can find cheaper. I still need to plant the broccoli, herbs, etc, but I'll get there this weekend.
Every time I start my garden, I think of my Papaw. He was as excited about my garden as I was, every year. When I was a kid, he grew the best tomatoes ever. At the time, I thought his garden didn't look good. It was messy, with heaps of dried grass clippings for mulch thick around his plants, and grass spiders making their webs everywhere. I didn't complain, of course, because I loved his tomatoes, but I did wish he had one of those "prettier" gardens with the neat dirt rows. Now that I'm grown and grow my own food, I realize how genius his garden methods were, and I use them myself. My garden is not pretty, but it produces great tomatoes, almost as good as Papaw's.
|My littlest gardener-in-training. I'm sure he'll keep me on my toes in the garden!|
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