I’ve had a desire to start a vegetable garden for a long time. When we lived in California, I had tried to plant herbs and citrus plants, yet the hot summer sun scorched them all.
Here in the interesting climate we experience here in the Pacific Northwest, since we get more than two seasons, unlike the Central Valley of California, I figured I would try my hand at it again, expanding to vegetables that we commonly eat in our household.
So, my husband decided to make us a planter box on the side of our house. This isn’t just any planter box. The thing is massive! Go big or go home, right?
We joke that it could fit about 20 bodies. It probably could.
As spring arrived, we planned for the vegetable garden. Those white pipes are the beginnings of our drip system that he is installing in order to ensure that the vegetables have sufficient water. The trellises on the back are to support beans, corn, and sunflowers.
I began planning what I wanted to plant and had totally prepared to shell out the dough for starter plants. But, a friend told me about these Jiffy Greenhouses in which you can start seeds. She had great success with them, so I decided to give this a try. At an average of about $1.87 a seed packet, I could get a heck of a lot more bang for my buck.
So, I hauled butt to Lowes, picked out my desired veggie seeds, and followed the directions for setting up the seed tray. I had my son help me with this, as I wanted to show him the entire process of where food comes from – from seed trays to plantation to care of the plants and excitement as they grow, and then we finally get pick and eat them.
All in all, we had the seeds all planted within an hour. I may or may not have gone overboard with the seeds. I’m planting a lot of different things, and it’s my first time planting many of these – I’ve only successfully planted tomatoes last year – so I hope that at least most of these take.
The Jiffy kit comes with 6 plastic plant markers. I needed way more than this, so I took wooden sticks that we had leftover from a craft project, broke them in half and wrote labels with a sharpie.
Some of the seeds sprouted within a couple of days – really quick!
By the fifth morning after planting the seeds, they looked like this:
Yeah, that white fuzzy stuff is mold. On my green onion seedlings. Sob.
I am taking a chance on those. I removed the white fuzzies carefully with toothpicks, then set the plants outside late in the day, to begin introducing the seeds to sun and air. What I should have done, was given the seeds some time with their protective dome open once they started sprouting. The dome effect truly creates a greenhouse effect – big on humidity, light on air circulation. They probably got too much humidity, and sprouted the mold. Since exposing them slowly to some sun, and leaving the dome of the greenhouse propped open, the mold hasn’t returned.
Right now, my hubby is finishing up the planter box drip system. We’ll need to get some good organic planting soil and then begin transplanting the seeds. They are certainly taking off and I think some of them are ready to transplant now! But again, I’m a newbie at all this.
Watch for a new post soon once we’ve transplanted and the results of our veggies!