Sunday, March 25, 2012

It's that time again.......

It's time to get out the gardening boots and watering can...

It's time to clear out the gardening beds and check the waterlines. I cleared out 3 large garbage bags of 'stuff' after I took this photo.

By the way, I love this system of watering my husband put in place for me. He drilled holes in the bottom of the pipes and attached the system to one sprinkler head. The garden automatically gets watered when we water the lawn.  This is so good for someone like me with an erratic schedule.

It's time to get out the seeds and sprouting items.

I use the Jiffy Peat pots and their's low maintenance and it's hard for me to mess up!  Place the peat discs in your tray.

Put in the indicated amount of water.  (See the channels?  they direct water to each disc)

Wait a few minutes for them to soak up the water and 'grow'.

Plant your seeds.  Be sure to push them into the peat.

Place on the cover

Put them under your 'grow light'.  As you can see here, I inverted a storage bin (that I got from the Dollar Store) and placed them beneath my 'under-the-counter-lighting'. Lots of big money here! (Seriously not!) You can also see my "Frosty-the-Snowman" cookie jar, so you know I did this nearly a month ago.

This is a picture from this morning.  Not only can you see that I changed out my Cookie Jar, but you can also see how well my little plants are growing.  I am about to transplant them into other containers.  I have started herbs, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, some lettuce, and other great things.

It's fun to 'begin again'. It is a blessing to see how the Lord's plan works and the glory that comes from his goodness.  If you haven't started, do so now. I do this not because I am a great gardener....far from it.  (Just ask my kids!)  I do this because I need to learn and practice.  If my family needed to live off our garden, I want to make sure I can really do it.  In addition, we have fresh produce outside my back door.  It also allows me to preserve it for our use long after the growing season is over. 

"Where you have a plot of land, however small, plant a garden. 
Staying close to the soil is good for the soul."

~ Spencer W. Kimball 

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