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How Does Our Garden Grow?

March 19, 2008

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Even with no fertilizer, no pesticides, and a forgetful waterer (me), we were very pleased with the harvest that our two tomato plants yielded last year. All the way through January 1, to be exact! So, this year we’ve decided to put a little more into our garden in hopes that we’ll get a bit more from it.

Since South Carolina weather has a reputation for a warm February and March followed by random ice storms in April, we decided to begin our little crops inside until they grow to be a little more hearty. (Although, the only crops which really need to begin inside are our tomato plants.) Since February, we’ve been trying to have no out-of-pocket expenditures besides our bills and gas. Fortunately, we had a Wal-Mart gift card to begin our initial gardening investment of seeds, a seed flat, and a hoe.

But then our seed flat developed some mold! As a result, only about half of our seedlings are thriving. Overwhelmed with sadness 😉 , we soon realized that we really hadn’t needed to buy those seed beds after all! We could have made our own!

All we needed was an empty egg carton (which we had) and some good soil (our garden soil is great)! So we’re working on starting a new seed bed, and wished we had thought of this idea sooner! Another no-cost way we are helping our garden is by saving all our organic (in the true sense of its meaning) waste to use as compost on our crops.

Pictures coming soon!

Well, thats what works for us!.

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  • Alana March 19, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Great idea! We would like to start composting soon.

  • Niki March 21, 2008 at 5:28 am

    We are doing our veggies from seeds for the first time this year and I’m a little nervous but hopefully it’ll work out good.

    Great post!

    🙂

  • Lyn March 21, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Hello, I am wondering how you are able to not pay for any out-of-pocket expenses right now other than bills/gas – I would love to read a post about what you are doing. Sounds inspirational!