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First Gardening Attempt

23rd May 2008

First Gardening Attempt

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We have no clue what we are doing, so I am sure we will give experienced gardeners a giggle.  Hey, you have to start somewhere though, right?  Zach handed me the money he got from my parents for a graduation present and I ran to Home Depot and Target and got our supplies yesterday.  Today, we pulled everything out and got to work.

Putting drainage holes in the buckets.  (some cheapo buckets from Target…$6/each instead of the $20 cheap plastic pots at Home Depot..if I am getting something cheaply made, it better at least be cheap. lol)  We discovered our drill doesn’t work any more, so we had to improvise.

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As we are putting holes in them, I hear in the background “It’s dark in here” and look up to see this:

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Which starts this:

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Back to the project, adding rocks for drainage  (the farm girl in me had a real issue with paying money for rocks.  I feel so suburban now)

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Adding the potting soil.  There were easier ways to do this, but this way the kids could really dig in and help.

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The only picture we got of the planting process because our hands were too dirty to pick up the camera.  It involved a lot of “be gentle, don’t hurt the roots”, and “Zora, leave the sticks in there” and “which plant do you think this stick goes to” (will be interesting to see if we got it right when they come up).  Zane was a big help.  Zora was trying to be a big help. Zora should have had a longer nap this afternoon.  lol.

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Finally, giving the plants a drink.

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Our container garden:  patio tomatoes, a beefsteak tomato, a cherry tomato (breed for containers), sweet green pepper, sweet red peppers, sweet orange peppers, tabasco pepper (which was what I apparently grabbed instead of a second green pepper), two kinds of basil (sweet and spicy), rosemary, Texas tarragon, oregano (I think), mint and parsley. 

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I hope it actually grows.  It was fun planting it.


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There are currently 5 responses to “First Gardening Attempt”

  1. 1 On May 24th, 2008, Anonymous said:

    this looks like a lot of fun and makes me want to do the same thing with our kids.  although, if i buy any kind of plant, I might as well set fire to it when I get home and save it the long drawn out process of dying.  I can’t grow anything.  no green thumbs here.

  2. 2 On May 24th, 2008, Anonymous said:

    I think the $20 cheap containers are theoretically UV resistant so they don’t break down and get brittle the first season. They break down and get brittle the *second* season. LOL

    As always, they are great pictures of gorgeous kids! I see Zane had his ears lowered.

  3. 3 On May 24th, 2008, Anonymous said:

    You all make it look like so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

  4. 4 On May 24th, 2008, Anonymous said:

    Neato! Love the photos of the green bucket children – kids are just so funny. Can I make a quick suggestion? If you’re able, drill holes a few inches up the *sides* of the buckets… So you don’t lose as much water and will possibly not need to water as much. :)

  5. 5 On May 25th, 2008, Anonymous said:

    I like the pretty green buckets!

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