Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Putting Down Roots

(Thanks to Shawn for the catchy post title.) :)
Sometime last fall, I started thinking that it would be really nice to grow some of our own veggies. I borrowed a book from the library a couple months ago about making a container garden, and it certainly seems do-able. It's also slightly daunting at the same time, though, since I'm obviously not very familiar yet with this climate. For example, I think I have a pretty good idea of how much sun our porch gets each day, but we haven't lived here during a summer yet, so I'm not sure exactly where the sun will be in, say, July...or where the shadows will fall.

So this past Sunday, Shawn and I bit the bullet and headed to the garden center. We spent some time looking around, trying to get an idea of what plants are available around here. We decided to go with a tomato plant that's already been started. We're also going to attempt some peas and carrots from seed. Here are the containers we started on Sunday:
We're really looking at this whole project as an experiment and as something different to try together. Neither of us has ever attempted gardening before (unless you count us helping our parents when we were kids), and we have no idea if this is going to work at all. But hey...plants naturally want to grow, right? So we'll try our best to give them sunshine and water, and we'll keep our fingers crossed. :)When we were at the garden center, we also thought it might be nice to get a pot of flowers. Shawn wasn't really sure about it until I pointed out the Columbine to him. :) Since it's the Colorado state flower, we decided to get a pot for the nostalgia factor. Hopefully we'll keep these alive for awhile, too!

1 comment:

ELISABETH said...

Hooray! Good luck! Matt and I are doing square foot gardening this year and we have started our seeds. They're actually sitting on our ironing board in front of a window right now. I think I'll be looking rumpled for the foreseeable future.

We're starting radishes, peas, lettuce, chard, onions, spinach and carrots. Or, we're trying to! Do you know the radish seeds sprouted within 12 hours? Crazy!!

Check out SFG. It's super interesting, and it will make you want a yard!!