Monday, June 2, 2008

Growing Things



I've always wanted to grow things. Flowers, vegetables. Each year I get a little closer. One year I bought soil. Another year I got seeds. It's never quite come together though. Mainly because I thought I needed to study lots. Know things. How far apart do they need to be? I need to start the seeds inside first? When? Cover them in a plastic bag? I have to get special soil? And compost? With WHAT in it? Then I need to fertilize them? Is that natural and organic? And feed them plant food? Don't I need to plant certain ones together so they help each other fend against insects and such? And they get diseases? My oh my. It can become complex, this growing things business.

Last summer I gave a friend a packet of several different seeds. He scattered them in a barrel (because what else was he going to do with the packet of seeds I gave him?) that happened to be in his back yard and they grew!! Into big beautiful vibrant flowers!! He didn't EVEN care how deep the seeds were supposed to be buried! He said "Nah, you just put seeds in the earth and they grow."

So this year, I've decided I can try to transplant some flowers into pots and see how they/I do. I didn't start them from seed but here they are, already beautifying my porch, making me so pleased. Most of these sweet things will be planted in hanging baskets ... because deer live in my hood and they eat EVERYTHING they can reach! I also couldn't resist a Basil, Poblano Pepper and Sandia Pepper plantie. Yes, I'll put pebbles in the bottom for good drainage. Ha Ha ah. Happy planting to me!

4 comments:

Andrew said...

Re-potting is good, but be careful. I've heard that the pots you put them in should only be one size up. Some plants suffer from a bit of a shock when they suddenly have masses of space, they get scared and wither away...

Happy planting!

juju said...

Ah, more information. I hadn't thought about that, although that does sound familiar ... Hey! Are you trying to worry me?! Not gonna work funny boy!

Anonymous said...

Nice little garden! Which one's the Sandia Pepper plantie? Sounds tasty!

juju said...

Yes! I'll post a picture of them settled in their new pads soon. We had a super hail storm recently so their leaves are a bit chopped up. I've been told they'll recover, with a little tom kha soup, umm ... yummy fertilizer.

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