Guest blog by: Midge
I used to think that the closest I would ever come to gardening would be to buy a Chia pet. Yet, even the grass seeds in elementary school never grew out of my white Styrofoam cup. Thinking I was doomed to never have a green thumb, I gave up on the idea of gardening until recently.
After a few false starts and stalls, I discovered tending to a large garden was just not going to be my cup of tea. So, this year, I am determined to do it right. Container gardens have become my answer. I am hoping that this time, I can actually grow something rather than a really great patch of weeds.
DIY ~ Re-purposed Window Pallet
My in-laws had a window delivered and it came in the sturdiest pallet box I have ever seen. One look at the empty space inside of it and I knew it was going to become mine! So, I asked politely if they could part with it and “ta-da”, I became the brand new owner of large window pallet.
A couple of weeks ago, I convinced my husband to work on converting the pallet. He took off all of the riff-raff boards & nails and soon I was left with the perfect frame for my container garden. We set it down in the spot I had selected and my husband used his level to ensure that it was balanced.
Re-Purposed Pallet ~ Container Garden
After it was set up, we filled in the bottom of the pallet (which only had a few 2×4′s to hold the pallet together) with local dirt. We purchased a large bag of garden dirt and mixed it with it. Soon, we realized that we had underestimated the size of our container with how many bags we would need to fill it. All in all, we used three bags of purchased dirt and about a wheelbarrow full of local dirt from another part of our yard.
Container Garden ~ Time to Plant!
A year ago, I purchased a small container garden in order to spruce up the front of my home and create a seasonal focal point for visitors. I took out the petrified tree pieces and cute rocks which I had decorated it with at the end of winter. Then, I put in a little more fresh garden dirt then planted basil, oregano, and some strawberries.
I also invested in a cool self watering pot for my front deck. I decided to grow a container tomato plant in this pot. This was the first time buying a pot like this so I am hoping I wasn’t just taken in by a gimmick and it actually works! This is not my first time trying tomatoes. But this time I hope to be eating some fresh tomatoes from my plant!
Planting Time! ~ Frost Time
Seriously, of all the not so green thumb moments, my recently transplanted tomato plant withered in a recent freak cold spell not unusual in our part of the country. As soon as I am sure the weather will hold, I will be purchasing another starter tomato plant. I also bought a sweet pepper plant for my large pallet garden. Even though the pepper plant looked pretty frail for a few days, I believe it is now on the upswing!
Soon, I will transplant some flowers into the pallet garden and purchase a few more veggies and other odds & ends. I still really have no idea what I am doing except getting dirty and hoping for fresh fruit and veggies! By the way, shhhhhh, I also planted a secret zucchini plant by a bush in my backyard. Zucchini plants seem to grow quite nicely around here, so I am hoping this one will be abundant!!
Have you started planting your garden yet? Any tips for a girl who is trying real hard to earn her green thumb?
Some of the resources I have read regarding gardening recently: Gardening for Beginners PART ONE and Gardening for Beginners PART TWO
And I also found this past Molly Magazine which I can’t wait to delve into! Molly Magazine which shares GREAT ideas for gardening!
Maybe this will be the year I earn my Green Thumb badge! lol