It's a rainy day here so there's zero chance that I'll go outside to paint or do any wood working projects on my shed. I decided instead, to start planning my garden for this year. I've had my garden for maybe 2 years now but it hasn't done well because it's in the shadiest spot of my yard. There are huge trees that shade JUST the garden almost the entire day. I finally broke down and made peace in my mind about the huge job of moving an entire garden. Every year I want to add to it, so I figured it would be better to move it now before it's too big. Luckily, most of my plants are in containers, so I shouldn't loose too many volunteers from last year.
My shed is in a corner of my yard where the trees are smaller and gets sun from late morning, through the afternoon and into late day. Instead of landscaping with shrubs and flowers, I'll plant my garden on and around my shed. I have lots of ideas for climbing veggies going up the side of the shed, beautiful purple cabbage outlining a path and different varieties of tomatoes and strawberries dotted here and there like christmas ornaments. In my head, it's beautiful but the way my thumb is set up...it's brown and not green. I'm hoping my lack of success is due to the amount of sunlight the garden gets and that by moving it, I'll have lots more success. My garden wasn't a complete failure, but it was underwhelming. I've helped my mom at her garden for years and it always does so well, so I'm using her as my inspiration!
I like to use the markup tool on my phone when I have ideas I want to remember. Hopefully my actual garden will look better than this or I'll quit trying lol.
My first step was to plan, so I started a garden layout on this garden planning website. I estimated my garden size and what goes where, just to get an idea of how I want it to look. I'll go back and put in the details as I decide what to grow this year.
Next, I brought out my seed starting pellets. They're easy to use and I've had a lot of success germinating this way. They start out small, you add water and they expand. I like to put mine in paper egg cartons. When the tiny plants are ready to be planted, you can cut the egg carton into sections and plant the whole thing. The carton is biodegradable and the roots of the plant can easily break through the carton and into the soil. Put your cartons in a sunny spot by a window, just make sure they stay moist. A cute little greenhouse is a great way to grow them because it looks so pretty and it's a good science lesson for kids.
I have 3 sets of seeds this year. I wanted to experiment to see if I can tell a difference in the quality and germination rate from Dollar Store seeds, inexpensive online heirloom seeds and heirloom seeds from mine and my mom's garden from last year. The Dollar store seeds are actually $.25 per pack. They have a great variety of veggies and herbs to choose from. At that price, you can't really go wrong. If nothing grows, you've only lost a few dollars. I'm most excited about the seeds I bought on Amazon. I am completely obsessed with Amazon and buy absolutely everything I can online. Some people love Target, I love Amazon...and Target. These are marked as heirloom and non-gmo, so I'll be able to save the seeds from what I grow, to be used next year. The seeds that my mom and I saved are our favorite crops from last year. We used airtight containers and stored them in a cool area away from sunlight.
Dollar Store Seeds
Mom's Garden Seeds
I'm so excited about my new garden plans. If you have any specific questions, leave a comment and I'll be happy to answer them. If anybody is interested in exactly what seeds I have and updates on growing them, leave a comment and I'll do a more detailed post on everything I'm growing. You can follow me on Instagram @DoneInADayMom to see what we get up to around here. Thanks for stopping by!