Thursday, April 01, 2010

Gardening!


Okay, dear reader. Lay it on me. I want all of your tips for planting flower seeds and warm-season vegetable plants! And trees. Have any of you planted a fruit tree? What kind?

Also, give me your compost ideas --how you start, what you can put in it, etc.

I'm really nervous about this garden I'm about to start. I'm not sure how/where to start, even though I've been researching like crazy. I guess I'm just afraid of failure, and who wants failure? I'm willing to fail, if it means good progress, though. I want my yard to look like this:


Instead of like this:



I have a feeling it will be somewhere in between the two...

8 comments:

Michele said...

check out: www.strawbalegardens.com
i found this and thought it looked really cool, and i like the idea that it doesn't take a lot of work.

Alison Wonderland said...

Don't bother with seeds, just buy plants when they have them. Don't plant anything before mother's day. Square foot gardens are a good way to start if you have a day and the know how to put one together (or the ability to make you husband do it).

Anonymous said...

A great post on how to start and maintain a very simple compost bin:
http://www.younghouselove.com/2008/08/younghouselovedotcompost/

Kara said...

Cheryl,

I will come down and help you if you want, I would be so excited to come and help!!!

Stephanie said...

Come on, your back yard does NOT look like that!! :)

My only advice is to start small this year. You always have next year to go bigger and better.

Julie said...

I agree with Alison. Our rule of thumb is Cinco de Mayo for planting (although peas and a few other things like to go in when it's colder). Your local gardening store will be able to tell you which things to plant as seeds and which to do as starts. We plant pumpkins, corn, peas, beans, onions, etc, as seeds and do tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, squash, etc. as starts.

Also, it will look like you have hardly anything when you first plant, but everything will grow like crazy, so don't let your eyes deceive you (I speak from my tomato craziness every single year here...).

Good luck!!! :)

Moddy said...

The square foot thing is a good idea. Several family members have used that method and had good results. There is a book you can get at your library about it. I believe it's called the "Square Foot Gardner" but I'm sure there are others. One sister used an old water barrel that her husband cut into rings for her as a starter and it worked very nicely. Good luck and post pictures!!

Cheryl said...

Kara, let's do it! I'll write you...

Thanks for all your advice, friends!