Monday, January 19, 2009

New Year, New Garden...January, 2009

From flowers to food.... the new state of the union???

The new year - new resolutions, new garden plans. Last year's tomato bed convinced us to grow more of our own food - the fresh tomatoes were like nothing we had been buying. We may have gotten a *little* ambitious. Suddenly I find myself with 18 types of tomato seeds, 6 types of peppers and dozens of veggies - collards, spinach, squash, you name it. We are converting the flower bed over to veggies (will have to find space for some random beauty) and planning 4 new beds in addition to the tomato bed - total of 208 sq. feet of raised beds. But I think we are going to have to use a lot of containers as well. Already collecting free 3-5 gallon buckets from the local grocery delis and planning to build Self Watering Containers, aka SWCs ( ). One kitchen counter has sprung a heating mat and fluorescent lights to start seedlings, plastic pots and bottles are multiplying under the bar for use for baby plants and my desk is covered with gardening books and seed catalogs.

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