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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Garden Prep

Today, my mom and I started prepping for this garden season. We planted tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and herbs. Since these vegetables take so long to grow from seed, we started them now and will grow them indoors until it's warm enough to transplant them outside (around May). I figured this time around I would document the whole process and give as much information as possible for those of you who are interested in gardening. My mom is an excellent gardener and has been doing it for as long as I can remember. I feel it is such an honor to learn from her and would like others to be able to do the same. If you're not interested, you can just skip my gardening blog posts! Here's what we did:

My mom saves up all her plastic flower pots each year so that she can use them for vegetable starts the next. Before you reuse the pots, they need to be washed in bleach water to kill of any organisms or bacteria from the previous plants. After they were cleaned and before we filled them with soil, the soil needed water added to it so that we could pack it a little better.

We then filled the pots up with soil and lightly packed the soil in and left a little room at the top. We labeled the labeling sticks and then added seeds to the pots. For the tomatoes, we put 12 of the same kind of seeds in each pot. We LOVE tomatoes! We put about 6 or 7 in each pot for the different eggplants and peppers. You can do however many you want. You'll want to do a little more than what you plan on putting in your garden so that when it comes time to transplant, you'll be able to have a wider selection of the strongest ones to choose from. Don't push the seeds down into the dirt, you'll actually put a little more soil on top (enough so that when you pack the top layer down the seeds will be covered with about a 1/4" of soil).

We then put them in watering trays. You don't pour water on top of them, you pour the water in the bottom of the tray and let them soak the water up that way.
After the seeds have sprouted and they have grown their first set of "true leaves" (not the very first set of leaves that you see right when they sprout, but the next set of leaves that look like actual tomato leaves (or eggplant or pepper or whatever you planted)) then we'll take each individual plant start and put them in individual plant "cells". I will document all that when the time comes. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me anything.

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