Today I was hit with a wild dose of Spring Fever. Here in Small Table Land we are having our first few sunny, warm days, and all of a sudden I am dying to plant something out on my deck! I have had only varying degrees of success with gardening in the past, but as hope springs eternal, I think I’m going to try again… Depending on where you live, it’s not too late for you to run out and grab some supplies to plant a few Spring crops. CROPS!! Sounds fun, right?
This idea is from Kim Anderson Desmuke of the North Texas Vegetable Gardeners. It is such a fabulously easy idea to grow the plants right in the bag– I had to try it. So this morning I used this metal skewer
to poke a bunch of little holes in the back side of these bags of potting soil, all over, about 2 inches apart. This is so extra water can drain out of the bags when you water your plants. I laid them on a surface that wouldn’t smother those drain holes. Then I turned the bags to the front side and cut out a planting “window”:
I put my hand in the photo so you can see that the bags aren’t that big. I made sure to plant seeds that are meant to grow in the Spring– cilantro, sugar snap peas, and green onions–and followed the directions on the backs of each package about how deep to plant each kind. Then I gave them some water and a few loving words of encouragement. This is supposed to help. Really.
The first seeds should germinate in 7-10 days, so I’ll let you know how it’s going. If you’d like to plant along with me, please do it! Baby spinach, lettuce, mint, radishes, carrots and broccoli are all Spring crops. My gardening friend says St. Patrick’s Day is a good time to plant Spring seeds– even if it’s still too cold, they will come up when they are ready. Green onions and cilantro right from my deck– I couldn’t ask for more.
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