A few entries back, I asked all my readers to help me identify some plants. The answers ran the gamut, and although many of them look interesting, some got the boot, especially the ones around the Brussels Sprouts tag.
I had particular veggies I was interested in trying to grow. Veggies that I eat a lot of, Matt eats a lot of....
Let's be honest here. He eats a lot of everything.
Aaaaand carrots. Many, many carrots. I could save a bundle if I grew my own! Not that we eat a ton of them, but the horses are rather fond of carrots.
I have no idea how successful I'm going to be in terms of gardening, but I did have success, one year, of growing a very happy tomato plant on my 14th Street fire escape in NYC. I'm pretty sure it grew on bus fumes as the M14 roared past, but either way, friends would look agog as I said, "How about some fresh picked tomatoes for our salad?" I'd stick my arm out the window, and voila! Beautiful, red tomatoes! I was, indeed, the garden version Mary Poppins in the East Village that year.
I've never grown anything from a seed, I've always had little plants to start with - basically, someone else did the hard work for me. This year, I was inspired by my great friend Lizzie to try growing some veggies from seeds.
Off we went to Home Depot for all things garden. I got some terra cotta pots, and also some Jiffy Pots, which are these cool peat pots that when the sprouts are ready, you just plunk the entire thing in the ground - pot and all. The peat disintegrates into the ground, essentially making transplanting foolproof.
We shall see about that.
Here we are at roughly 2 weeks ago, when they were just....pots. And dirt. Aren't you just blown away by how interesting the photography is?
Since I'm such a plant novice, I thought it would be a good idea to label the pots with a Sharpie marker, so I'd know what was growing. Otherwise, I'd have no idea. Here we have two sunflowers on the left, on a double date with a pair of carrots.
And then I waited. And waited some more. And stared at the dirt. And loved them to death with water.
Lo and behold, look what happened this weekend!
Oh, happy day!
In fact, a whole bunch of them!
Look at that happy little sunflower. I've never grown a sunflower. They're all cropping up!
And tiny, little tomato plants. Such cute little babies. From a seed!
The only veggie that happens to be quite shy and not ready to come out yet are...
The peppers. They are just not very happy, for whatever reason. Maybe they're just late bloomers.
Stay tuned to see how well everything else is growing! Can you believe it? I may just have a green thumb after all!
This week, anyway.