Friday, May 9, 2008

Lay Like Broccoli

My eating habits are slowly...slowly evolving towards becoming more local and sustainable. I want my kids to get the connection between the earth and their food. The only stumbling block is me and my black thumb.

Yesterday I was browsing through the nursery with a store credit burning a hole in my pocket when I stumbled upon vegetable seedlings. I always thought that you had to buy vegetable seeds and grow them from there. Super intimidating. Did you know that you could buy baby vegetable plants? Already growing plants. Who knew?

I'm not ready to try my hand at an entire vegetable garden. What if all of the veggies die and I'm out $200? Do gardens attract crazy bears? Perhaps a small container is the way to go.

Feeling motivated, I blew my entire store credit on a green beans, cucumbers, red peppers, red lettuce, salad blend and spicy pepper seedling. Some organic potting soil and a big pot rounded out the list.
After planting a few of the seedlings in my new, large pot I realized that I seriously underestimated how much space I would need. Not wanting to dig-up the lawn that I have spent endless hours trying to get it to grow, the only other logical spot was my front yard perennial garden.

Flowers and veggies living together in harmony. In might be strange, but I'm crossing my fingers for my little experiment to work


Abbie said...

Careful... The lettuce will be fine outside, but keep a close watch on the temperature for the other veggi's. If there's a frost warning, you might want to cover your seedlings with some burlap bags or some old blankets to protect them. Someone also gave me the idea to cover them with a soda bottle (cut the top off, and stick it in the ground terrarium style). After memorial day, your veggi's should be safe.

adrian2514 said...

Hey! Keep up the good work in trying to buy local. I'm doing the same thing and I know its not always easy!

I was browsing through a bunch of green websites and blogs and I came across yours and found it very interesting. There are a bunch of others I like too, like the daily green, ecorazzi and I especially like’s carbon calculator ( I find it really easy to use (it doesn’t make me feel guilty after I take it).

Are there any others you would recommend? Can you drop me a link to your favorites (let me know if they are the same as mine).

Ruth Dynamite said...

Good luck with the salad fixins! I'm sure they'll thrive; just remember to water when it gets steamy.

Gruppie Girl said...

Abbie~ Thanks for the tip. I didn't even think about the weather. Soda bottle huh? I will have to go recycling bin diving on trash day.

Adrian~ Let me poke around in my favorites folder and I'll give you a few blog names. I haven't seen EarthLab yet. I will check it out.

Ruth~ Are you offering to water the veggies when you are walking around the neighborhood? I'll take you up on that offer...wink, wink.

MamaBird said...

congrats! planting/growing your own is such fun. and the flowers will attract beneficial insects - it's a good idea to have them near your tasty plants! some flowers, like marigolds, actually repel pests.

Abbie said...

I wouldn't worry about it too much, unless you hear something about a frost warning. The bottle can also protect them in the event of a downpour!
Happy gardening!

Gypsy Root said...

Just thought I'd say Hello. I have enjoyed reading your blog.
Good luck with your veggies...
We too are trying our luck at container gardening.

Gruppie Girl said...

Adrian ~ Can you link me to your blog?

MamaBird ~ I'm not a big fan of marigolds. They remind me of the 70's. I didn't know that they can repel beneficial insects. Good to know.

Gypsy ~ Hope your container gardens are doing as well as mine!