Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A preview.

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sugar pumpkins

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Pardon me while I use this space to show off my little seedlings. I can't help it, we're proud of ourselves! We have no idea what we're doing, and based solely on the advice on the back of the seed packets and some lazy google research, we're planting our first garden. I grew up with a huge garden patch and I remember being sent out to weed or pick things, but it's been such a long time since I lived in a house where I could plant things. I've certainly never had my OWN garden.

Even before I had my son, I knew that if/when I had kids, I'd want to have a garden. I'd do anything to make it happen. I remember pulling carrots out of the ground, rinsing them off with the hose, and gnawing on them with the tops still on, doing my best (which was pretty lousy) Bugs Bunny. I remember how much I loved eating fresh green beans. I remember pulling huge ugly weeds and tossing them in a giant pile off to the side. It was awesome. We weren't a total prairie family or anything, but there were 4 kids so my mom was all about free or cheap food, so she grew as much as she could. Even though my yard is a lot smaller than the one I grew up in, even though my son's not surrounded by siblings, I still want to give him that experience and I can't believe how lucky I am that I get to make it happen.

Anyway, here are some of the sprouts that will soon become my garden. Nothing special- some tomatoes, some sugar pumpkins (for pie! and curry!) and my over-winter garlic and shallots actually seem like they're doing okay despite the fact that I stuck them in the ground and then COMPLETELY LEFT THEM ALONE for the last 6 months. Apparently I'm just supposed to wait until the tops die and then dig them up?

Anyway. Busy times. We're also about to redo our kitchen, so things are going to get a little hairy around here. We knew we'd have to redo the kitchen when we moved in, and taxes are done so it's time to start ripping everything out. Wish us luck.

25 comments:

Camila said...

Those first two photos are so beautiful. Good luck on your gardening adventures!

Polar Bear and The Dodger said...

good luck with your garden! i'm sure it will be great fun.

asides said...

My dog decided to eat most of my seedlings so I have to start over, lol.

Jane said...

I think they look fantastic! It is so much fun getting started, especially with a little one to help.

Trish Sharp said...

oh you can do it!!!! you can totally do it!!! last year i grew my first ever tomatoes. from seed!!! i hadn't (and still don't) any idea of what i was doing and some of those plants ended up being 6 feet tall. this year i am also trying peppers, but having a little trouble with getting the seeds to germinate. if you like greens, i have found that swiss chard grows like mad in just about any condition. and just a handful of plants should be plenty. i had three and couldn't keep up with them. i'd harvest, it would grow. harvest, grow, harvest, grow. it was crazy!!! oh yeah, and this was all without any kind of chemical plant food.

best of luck!!!!!!!

Alia said...

That first picture of your pumpkin sprouts is a beauty, and let me know if you need a hand with your kitchen!
xoxo

pineapplemint said...

Lucky (and skilled)! I am so jealous!

Wendy said...

I just priced wood for building some raised beds because the last 2 years have been huge failures on the gardening front. I need to get them build and in the ground so I can start sheet composting in there.

I love your seedlings! I planted ours last weekend and the broccoli raab has already come up. Something so amazing about a freshly sprouted seed.

Good luck with your garden!

beastmomma said...

Congrats on the sprouting seedlings. I am hoping to have some growth of my own!

Pooka said...

Im so glad you got yourself a little garden now! Definitely stoked to see some more pictures of the progress. Gardening is awesome- especially when you can grow your own fruits and veggies for your kitchen-- saving some money and you wont believe the flavors! Everything taste better when you grow it yourself :)

Good Luck!

Brie said...

you should check out the maritime northwest gardeners guide! It's a great resource for what to plant and when. I found it really useful :)

You can buy it at new seasons and some local co-ops too

http://www.powells.com/biblio/6-9780931380181-0

laura said...

don't forget abouut the garlic scapes! garlic scape pesto is awesome...especially when you only get a batch or two a year!

Anna said...

Dude! I totally made stock and no knead bread today a la Bread and Honey!

I'm totally obsessed with gardening/growing mostly in containers on apartment balconies, but now in boxes in my back yard (woot! not my own yard, with roomies, boo!), but if you need any pointers I love to share!

PS I know you through Ben and Jacie, I think I found your blog through some local design blogs I frequent, rad stuff BTW!

Molly and Joseph said...

Wonderful! I'm about to start my own little veggie garden. Post more pictures as it progresses!!

Elina said...

Your garden is gorgeous!
I finished a kitchen remodel a few weeks ago. It was just the process but SO WORTH it! Just remember that when times get tough :)

Score One Art Gallery said...

Gardens are so much fun. We plant fruits and veggies as well. They're a lot of work when it comes to watering and weeding, but well worth it after the harvest. Best of all, it's fresh, and probably sweeter than what you'll find in the store if you grow it right.

Have fun!

Lynn Richards said...

I have been thinking of trying my hand (again) at tomatoes and squash....thanks for the inspiration!
Lynn

Alisa said...

There nothing quite like growing your own food. This reminds me I should get started on my own garden too :)

Melynda said...

Ah the kitchen redo blues, we are going through that now. The painting is finished, on Tuesday the 23rd new vinyl will be installed, I can't wait. We had to remove the old vinyl (2 layers) and the under lament, some of the sub floor needed repair as well. Sunday the new under lament goes down. Then a trip to the dump, and the dust and grit clean up continues. You will love it when you are cooking the homegrown veggies this summer.

Jen said...

This reminds me of just how much I need a garden :)

Lo said...

There's so much hope in watching those first seedlings sprout. Kudos to you for taking on the gardening challenge! Even bigger kudos for taking on that kitchen remodel! We could use one at our place, but I'm getting to the point where I think moving will be easier! :)

Miss Kate said...

You have such lovely windows at your house. No wonder your plants are growing like gangbusters!

thea said...

Oh so very cute & exciting!!

thea.
xx

www.spoonfulzine.com

Bella Mills said...

My housemate Erin and I have maybe half a green thumb between us so armed with that and our best intentions we headed to the markets to purchase some herbs. Our new 'herb garden' consists of basil, rosemary and parsley. In time we will add to it but for now I can share with you the sense of excitement and pride at growing what you will use in your own cooking.
Beautiful pictures by the way.

Ciao Bella! said...

Your garden looks so awesome, how exciting! And you took some beautiful pics. Good luck on your kitchen!