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"Spring" into Gardening

Updated on April 17, 2011
Container gardening: tomatoes and green bell peppers
Container gardening: tomatoes and green bell peppers

Getting Started

Turning over a new leaf has taken on a very real meaning for me these days.  With the loss of my job and my days handed over to filling out applications for jobs and unemployment I needed something in my life that would show the "fruits" of my efforts in a very personal and tangible way.

So I started with a few tomato and bell pepper plants in a couple of containers I had left over from plants that had not survived the winter frosts, yes, frosts in December and January in Florida.  I consider them the beginning of my "salsa garden".  

Garden area staked out
Garden area staked out
Garden Plot tilled...
Garden Plot tilled...

The Garden "Plot" Thickens

Since my container plants are thriving...yes, they have about doubled in size so I may need to transplant a couple to new containers or to the garden plot.  

Yes, I decided to try my hand at a garden plot in my back yard.  I have not actually gardened for myself or my family in about 25 years.  My students have enjoyed gardening at school for the past decade so I have enjoyed their success and excitement.

To get started with my plot I observed the sunlight patterns for a few days and found a spot close to the house that looked promising.  For a vegetable garden I was looking for about 6-10 hours of sun and as the days lengthen my chosen spot should be perfect.  


Clearing the plot took a couple of days...with help from Anya my cat...
Clearing the plot took a couple of days...with help from Anya my cat...
All cleared and ready for planting...spring onion bulbs went in first...
All cleared and ready for planting...spring onion bulbs went in first...

To complete my "Salsa Garden" I have started cucumbers, radishes, and orange bell peppers. Lettuce and marigolds are also in the egg carton "germinarys"...lettuce for a salad base and marigolds for their pest control properties.

Reusing and recycling are so connected with gardening don't you think? To set up the "germinarys" I separate egg cartons into top an bottom sections, poke holes in each egg section, fill with potting soil, seed each section and then place in the top section which acts to hold excess water.

Sun watering and patience are needed now...


Setting up the egg carton
Setting up the egg carton
Radishes are usually quick to germinate...
Radishes are usually quick to germinate...
Marigolds deter pests and encourage pollinators...love the colors too
Marigolds deter pests and encourage pollinators...love the colors too

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Good start! Hope you keep us posted. :)

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