Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Update: Tamar's Garden Adventure

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I'm so excited to have been invited to link up with the Creative Corner Blog Hop hosted by the lovely ladies at: Cherished Handmade Treasures and Holly's Stamping Addiction
Thank you, Ladies!!

I bet you are dying to know how my container garden project is coming along, right?
Well, you are in luck, friends!! 
Here is a pictorial display of my progress over the past week:


 Gathered supplies.



Arranged my plants how I wanted them in the container before 
filling all the way. Planted in the above container (L-R) were: Marigold, Tomato, Nasturtium, Tomato, Marigold.


I even created a compost pile on top of my slab! I decided to do it here, rather than on the lawn because my neighbors treat their lawn. I have no problem with them treating their lawn, but since I am trying to grow an organic garden and create organic compost I thought it best not to create compost on top of the portion of my lawn that connects to theirs. I made a little barricade with some logs from my wood pile. Layered it with organic soil and dry leaves to start.



Next I topped it with some kitchen scraps. Covered the scraps with more soil and dry leaves... 



 Voila! Compost pile!



I also decided to try something new. Found these nifty strips of Organic Green Leaf Lettuce at my local garden center. You plant the strips just like this, cover with a little soil, water and that's it!! This morning I saw some little sprouts coming up!! :)



And this is how it looks now! It's a meager little garden but I am so proud of it. I still hope to build the raised bed this year and transfer all of these into it, but this is a great start on my journey. In the two round pots are cukes and chard. The long pots have tomatoes and mesclun. I took meticulous notes in my garden journal and fertilized everything as soon as they were transplanted with Organic Neptune's Harvest Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer - Pint , just to make sure they had a good start in their new spots. Seems to have worked well because yesterday I was able to munch on the delicious first fruits of my garden:

Mesclun, Nasturtium, and Cilantro. Enjoyed them on a sandwich with roasted pine nut hummus. Yum!!

You might also be interested in this little tid bit: when I went to the garden center (okay, not one but about FIVE) in search of Organic Vermiculite to mix with my organic garden soil (this was to make it into a nice aerated potting mix...I did finally find it by the way) I happened to cruise by the clearance plant wrack at Lowes. If you have a Lowes or Home Depot garden center I bet they have one of these wracks too (or maybe they these at any garden center, I don't know), it's usually not in an obvious spot but don't be afraid to ask! I got some awesome annuals and perennials to decorate my yard and porch with for at least 50% off!! Sometimes these plants look like they are at deaths door but all they need usually is to be transplanted, they get sick of those crumby little pots they come in ya know? Check out some of my rescues below:

In the background you'll see my Cilantro, I put it on the porch so it wouldn't get scorched by the sun. In my experience Cilantro can be very finicky. In the forefront, clearance Snapdragons (annuals) they'll get even bushier and happier as the season progresses. Also, a lovely succulent that I splurged ($3.50) on for myself. It reminded me of a Lotus, I have a thing for Lotuses. :)


Clearance wrack rescue, Golden Rush (perennial) it was looking all wilty and gross when I got it, but look how happy she is now!!! Beautiful!! 

I don't want to jinx it, friends, but I think maybe...just maybe...my thumbs might finally be turning GREEN! 

In Bloom, 
Tamar
 



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3 comments:

  1. oh gosh, i really wish that every plant i touched didn't die, because this is just lovely!
    no green thumb for me :(
    xo TJ

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  2. I've never seen those strips before, interesting. I've been stuck in a condo for so long... I just want a garden.... I love your little compost pile, you will be surprised how awesome the dirt is from those. I'm a new GFC friend, I would love if you stop by http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com/ and be mine too. Thanks for sharing your garden. It looks great so far.

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  3. Wow - you've got a great garden growing!! Good luck and that's very exciting. The strips look really easy - were they expensive?

    Thanks so much for sharing!! I'm so glad you linked up at Romance on a dime. Pinning this. :)

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