I have longed for a solid garden space for quite some time. I have had to make do with patios, porches and one very overrun rental house plot over the years. Last spring we moved into our first home and I did get to do some gardening, but I also wanted to wait a bit to really do my own thing. I wanted to watch the season, to see how the sun fell throughout the summer, what things had been planted by the previous owner and to see how we lived in the space.
So last season I waited and watched. I took notes on the places that got the most sun, the most water, the most use. Now that spring is right around the corner (I can will spring to come sooner can't I) I have settled on some exciting plans for the garden spaces around our home. Out front will be beautiful shade growing plants, our apple tree, our cottonwood rimmed with flowers. On the side of our house are some lilac bushes and I have some plans for the blank spaces as well. The backyard has 2 levels. On the lowest level we are making some raised beds and a little picnic area. Oh, I could go on and on, but for now I am just focusing on getting the raised beds and a few containers started.
Today I could contain myself no longer. I decided that it was high time Cordelia and I started some seedlings. We started with some heirloom tomatoes and a variety of peppers. I got one of the mini greenhouses this year, the kind with the dehydrated pellets that expand in water...next year I am dreaming of some lamps and seedlings in the garage, but we will see.
First we watered...
and watered, really that was Cordelia's favorite part
Cordelia was very interested in the expansion of the pellets.
She wanted to get really close to them
She ended up doing a bit of a belly flop into the seed tray which necessitated a mid-planting wardrobe change for my little neatnik.
Once she was changed and the pellets had expanded fully it was time to plant.
If you are doing this with a toddler I do recommend using larger seeds...she ate a few and a few more disappeared into the great abyss that harbors missing socks, hair ties and the like.
Once we were done I put the cover on them and wished them well. Hopefully they will be ready to plant in a couple of months!
Do you have garden plans this year?