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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Gardener Goals

I've always had a fascination for gardening but don't possess the skills to keep plants alive. I watched my parents successfully grow tomatoes, jalapeños, bell peppers, and herbs in their garden and I've kept a wish list of produce I wanted to grow myself. Since I'm now an adult and have my own yard I figured I'd give it a whirl and plant my own garden this spring! I bought a raised bed since, let's be honest, kneeling in dirt and fighting off rodents doesn't sound too appealing. I bought mine from Williams Sonoma and so far am very pleased with it! I love the looks of these raised beds and it seems relatively straightforward. I dabbled in researching how to grow produce but ultimately relied on advice and common sense...we'll see how successful that turns out!

I started with seedlings in decomposable cups indoors, for about 9 week. We had a long stint of dark and gloomy days and I learned that my seedlings were "leggy" which meant they were getting taller to find sun but ultimately weren't strong enough. As soon as I saw the forecast in lows above 50 I took the plunge and planted my little seedlings in the raised bed. It may have been a little premature but truthfully, I was anxious to get my kitchen table back :) I'm growing cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, bell peppers, carrots, jalapeños, and a variety of fresh herbs. The herbs aren't looking too good at this moment but everything else is showing progress!

It's been so fun watching these little sprouts grow and I'm hopeful for a fruitful harvest later this summer! There's so much to learn and I'm excited to share the progress with you! Feel FREE to send me an email or reach out on social media for advice on anything you've learned about gardening! I could use the help.

Fingers crossed!


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