My mother was an avid gardener during much of my childhood. I remember Saturdays which would be spent almost entirely outside "playing in the dirt". Although I was not much more than a gardening equivalent of a sous chef, I enjoyed my childhood gardening experience. We had a peach tree, a plum tree, and cherry tomatoes that grew in addition to a host of non-fruit bearing greenery. Gardening is one of my mom's favorite hobbies, I am sure. And what a practical hobby to have?
I have always wanted to try my hand at gardening as an adult, so this past weekend a friend and I started a container garden. Here is how we did it.
Miracle Gro Organic Potting Mix
Gardening Shovel Set
Pots with Drainage Holes: 10in and 12in
Seeds: Basil, Carrot, Cilantro, Green Onion, Spinach, Tomato
Fill pots with potting soil and dampen the soil.
I filled the pots about 2/3 full with potting soil and then I damped the soil. Be sure that all of the soil is actually damp by turning the soil in the pot and adding more water as needed. Let the soil drain (this may mean removing the base of the pot) before moving to the next step.
Sow the seeds after dampening the soil.
If you sow the seeds and then add the water, the seeds will likely float to the top or move from where they were originally sown. How do you sow the seeds? This will depend on what you are trying to grow. Read the seed package to find out how deep and far apart you need to sow your seeds.
Label your containers.
Can't tell a Cilantro sprout from a Basil sprout? Me neither! You can make labels to put in your containers using popsicle sticks and cardboard or you can label the outside of the container.
Carefully water the seeds.
I suggest lightly misting your newly sown seeds so not to dispute them. Again, make sure the pot is able to drain.
Set containers out in their ideal spot.
Based on what you are trying to grow, you may need to put your container in full sun or in a protected place. Refer to your seed packages to find out what conditions your seeds need to grow.
Starting a container garden is pretty simple! What may prove challenging is nurturing your plant babies as you look forward to harvest time. I am up for the challenge and invite you to check back for new blog posts about my container garden in the weeks to come!
Based on what I used to start my container garden, I recommend these supplies if you intend to start your own container garden.