The Hopeful Beginnings of a Vegetable Garden

The Hopeful Beginnings of a Vegetable Garden

It’s finally here!  Spring has sprung and we are finally getting ready to get this garden started.  We don’t have a huge plot of land to garden, but we make good use of what’s available to us.  I wanted to share some of our gardening basics that we employ at the beginning of the season.

spring flowers

This is a picture of one of our backyard flower gardens.  There are no leaves on the trees yet, but I love this space.  Throughout the entire spring, summer and fall there are various flowers in bloom, giving us a beautiful view all season.  If you’re anything like me, you just can’t wait to get digging in the dirt.  That’s why I’m always a little early with my planting, because I’m impatient.

Starting Seedlings Indoors When You Have a Seedling Eater Among You

I like to get a jump start on the growing season by getting my plants started indoors.  This is also due to an issue of thievery among the critters that inhabit my garden.  If you have a hard time starting seedlings, this may be an idea for you.  I have multiple types of bugs/insects that also enjoy my gardening.  It has taken me a few years to figure out how best to deal with them.  I like to keep things as organic as possible and really limit any chemicals that go into the soil or on the plants, so that really limits how I deal with seedling eating thieves.  My biggest issue is when something finally does sprout, it’s leaves are immediately eaten by something.  I’ve tried everything from slug traps, to coffee grounds, to vinegar spray, etc., etc., etc., but the one thing that I know works, is to just give those little babies a good head start in my home until they are big enough to fend for themselves.  This works great for me.

My garden looks terrible right now.  It will be interesting to see a before and after picture after we fix the fence, rototill and have everything planted.  We burn leaves, use some composting (I need to develop this further) and add fertilizer to get the soil enriched.

Starting the garden

The Sugar Snap Peas

To begin the year, I started my peapods (half of my total crop) a week ago.  I will start the other half in about a week or two indoors.  The seedlings sprout really quickly, so once they are about 3-4 inches high I can put them in the garden.  I was a little ahead of schedule this year and my husband hasn’t had a chance to rototill yet, but I just worked up the soil myself in this row and planted the seedlings in a nice row next to the chicken wire fence.  They need to climb, so make sure you use a trellis or fencing of some sort.  My kids LOVE these peapods.  That’s why I need to plant them at two different intervals.  This way we get two good harvests of sugar snap peas.  They just run out and start eating.

peapod sprouts

I also started my beans inside.  They thrive really well after having a couple weeks to grow in the house.  I can keep a good eye on them this way.  I just use your standard tray and pod system to get seeds started.  They sell for about $5.00 as a kit and then make sure you purchase the pod refills (about $1.00 per box) because you’ll be planting the ones you’ve seeded into the garden.  Then you can start the next batch.  I usually begin this process at the very end of April.  As long as there is no frost, they are okay to go into the garden.

bean seedlings

Here is a little list of plants that I start from seed inside.

Sugar Snap Peas

Green Beans

Spinach

Cucumber

Acorn Squash

Butternut Squash

Zucchini

There are some that just work better for me as a plant, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and tomato, but more on those another day.

Happy planting those seedlings.  Hope you have a great spring!  Let us know some of your gardening hacks!

          
 

 

3 Comments

  1. Stephanie Bonds says:

    I enjoyed this post a lot. We are talking over starting a vegetable garden of our own but it will most likely be next year. The ideas and step by step information is very helpful, especially starting the seedlings in the house to keep the critters away!

  2. Good luck! I have learned through trial and error. Some things still don’t work out well, but it’s worth it and so fun to watch those little babies grow. Happy planting!

  3. I too have a vegetable garden at my house. I love gardening and trust me it is a good option.

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