Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Joyfully Gardening's Garden So Far - A Belated Post

I'm a "lucky" girl. Y'all. Know why? Because....

My Mumsie is letting me be in charge of the garden this year!!!!!!! (Upon my request. She isn't forcing me. Just a note on her behalf.)

So, I ordered the seeds that I needed (after finding out which ones we didn't already have in the basement) and planned where I would put what out in the garden. (But I'm going to have to re-do it, since we planted a few extra things upon the desire of my mumsie.) 

Tip: Refer to  the book "Carrots Love Tomatoes" if you ever want to plan your own garden. Companion planting is a smart idea, in my opinion.

I also looked on the Farmers' Almanac to see what days were good for planting, and then PLANTED. 

I used these pellets to plant the seeds in first.

Planting tip: Wetteth the point of thine pencil and sticketh it in thy seed containereth instead of groping aroundest with thy fingernails, trying to fish out "two" teensy little black doteths. The seeds sticketh to wet wood. 

This is how the Pyatskowits (Joel Pyatskowit's, anyway) start seeds in Wisconsin! (Florescent lights, hung a few inches over the tray of labeled plants to give extra light, heating pads underneath some of the trays to give extra heat, and (in the left, bottom corner) a space heater to keep our little "greenhouse" (in the garage) warm.) 

Every morning I go out and turn the heater off, the lights on and water whatever needs it. In the evening, I turn on the heater, off the lights, and occasionally water again. 

Believe it or not, since I've started the plants it has snowed again. In other words: We have a very short growing season around here. It's a good idea to start plants ahead of time in Wisconsin.

My other plants, (beets, green beans and lettuce, for example) will be planted out in the garden when the time is right, but I started the flowers to go around the garden, broccoli, tomatoes, morning glories,  cilantro, basil and several other herbs in this fashion.

It's so exciting.  

(What the garden looked like in 2009, under mom's control. Yep. I've got a lot to live up to. :D)


Momma said...

You have undertaken a huge responsibility! Thank you for all the work you put into planning and planting the garden. It's going to taste soooo good.

Zoƫ said...

How exciting :)
We never have a garden that large! But I sometimes wish we did. I love to garden and I want to have a good sized one this year. I have only tried planing the seeds a couple hundred times. They always turn out just fine till the last stages, when...I either forget to water them, not enough sunlight or someone pushes them over (which has happend many times) *i say no names*

Lol, good luck!

Anna said...

Thanks, Zoethy. :)

Anna said...

...And may your plants live to see the garden. :D

Anonymous said...

I dont know what to say. This blog is fantastic. Thats not really a really huge statement, but its all I could come up with after reading this. You know so much about this subject. So much so that you made me want to learn more about it. Your blog is my stepping stone, my friend. Thanks for the heads up on this subject.

Anna said...

Thank you for the compliments, Anonymous. It was kind of you to encourage me. :)

Elisabeth said...

Anna, I am so glad you're posting about your garden. I know I'll learn a lot.

P.S. What a great learning experience for you!

Anna said...

Lol, Sister Elisabeth! I've learned/am learning these things from my mom as I go along!

I agree. It is a great learning experience! I have a good teacher, too!

Good luck with your garden!