I am not a gardener by any stretch of the imagination. I do like to plant flowers and vegetables, but I don't start seeds indoors, don't have the slightest idea what a cold-frame is and have to look most plant names up online. (I find it hard to commit our zone number to memory.)
One thing I do know is that every summer I feel like I spend loads and loads of money mostly on annuals just for them to die in a few months. So this summer, I decided to put myself on a vegetation budget of $50 and plant all of my flowers and herbs from seed. So far, so good...
Prepping the Veggie Garden
Each year, Memorial Day weekend signals it's time to plant the veggies. Why Memorial Day? Because my mom once told me that's the time to do it and I don't argue with her! This year, I had a lot of weed pulling to accomplish before I could do any sort of planting.
After a little hard work, I cleared the garden and tilled the soil and got it ready for planting. It didn't take too long at all.
I laid out my plants to see where everything would fit.
This year, we're planting:
- Purple heirloom tomatoes ( I am SO excited about these!)
- Red heirloom tomatoes
- Cherry tomatoes
- Tomatillos (This is a new one, but husband loves salsa verde, so I thought I'd give it a shot!)
- Red peppers
- Green peppers
- Yellow peppers
- Cayenne peppers
Right when I literally got the last plant in, it started pouring and didn't stop all day long. So I'm looking at it like I didn't have to water at all -- nature did it for me!
Here are some of the veggies up close:
Watching the Flower Seeds Grow
Last year I planted Zinnias from seed and had huge success. They were the most beautiful flowers I planted and what I spent the least on. So this summer, I decided to try planting all my annuals from seed. Above, is a container with Cosmos seedlings. I also planted some wildflower seeds around the downspout drains and electric meter (in the hopes of hiding it.)
I again planted more Zinnias in an attempt to replay my success from last year.
And here are more Zinnias in containers to see just how they would grow.
I planted some Five O-Clock flowers in a few containers too. I've never seen these flowers in person, so I am excited to see just what these end up looking like.
And then of course, one perennial from many -- my pink cone flowers that I just adore!
PSST! You might notice the new copyright (athomewithginac.blogspot.com) on my pictures. Well, I am excited to announce we are moving addresses and will soon be leaving A Day in the Life and miketandginac.blogspot behind for good and making a new home at athomewithginac.blogspot.com. We'll let you when the move is final!