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Friday, July 24, 2015

Starting an Herb/Vegetable Garden with Kids!

Not mine... But Soon...


I started another Herb garden! I absolutely love fresh herbs and veggies. However, herbs in particular I have a really hard time keeping them on hand since I use them so much. I really don't have time to run to the grocery store every few days just for some cilantro & basil, which I use very often.

I loved my little garden that I had before and through a lot of trial and error I am starting back up again, with the help of the babies.

I am always a little too ambitious with my garden and things of the like. I want to grow EVERYTHING!!

I started some seedlings and right now I have, 2 types of Basil, Cilantro, Sage, Chives, Arugula, Spinach, Green Onions, Tomatoes, and Cucumbers.

I put them all, aside from the Cucumber and Tomatoes, in one huge rectangular pot along with some organic vegetable potting soil.

After most of the seeds germinated I have been letting it sit out on the front porch to get the sun it needs. However, since it has been raining, the big pot got soaked!! It reminded me how I have no drainage system going on in that particular pot!!

I got this pot from Home Depot since that and Walmart are where I get all of my gardening things. As you can see the planter is bowed out A LOT! And even though it has been a few days it is still over saturated with water.

Because of this, what I am going to do is remove everything once they start to get their true leaves. I am going to replant the entire box! Probably go and get a few more since I planted so much Basil and Arugula, I don't want them to die out due to overcrowding.
I am going to place large rocks in the bottom of each and then cover with some type of screening so that there can be a decent gap. Place some wick so that the liquid in the bottom does not go to waste and the box doesn't have to be watered as often.

Then finally I will add the soil back and replant what I want in each box.

For the tomatoes and cucumbers I may have to get bigger pots and I will also need a cage of some sort to keep them growing up instead or out.

The babies have been helping me along the way with the gardening and doing very well. I also planted a TON of flowers in my front yard and they are growing like crazy!!

I started with some gladiolas and blue iris, then added some marigolds and a mixed flower of various kinds. Finally I planted some cosmos, daffodils, and tulips, because I love them, although very late in the season.

Everything is growing very nicely! Especially the gladiolas and the marigolds, which took forever to start growing!! My blue iris grew nicely until it was time to bloom and them the flowers died!! Just the flowers... So I pinched them off but the stalks were not looking very nice, so I cut them down.

Now that I am reading up on them, I should have left them until they died themselves. I am hoping that the stalks and flowers will grow back before the season is completely over.

The daffodils and tulips have not popped up just yet. I do see foliage that looks like its coming from the daffodils however and I am excited to see if they will flower since they are an spring, early summer plant.

I will be collecting seed from each and every flower for next year and I cant wait to see how they will all look next year!!
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