04 May 2012

My Gardening Tips


Guest Post by Shirley of Motivated Mommy of Two

First of all I would like to thank Sinea of Ducks ‘n a Row for allowing me to guest post on her blog.
Hello, my name is Shirley I am a mom to the two most wonderful kids and a wife to the most loving and understanding husband. I really enjoy cooking, baking, blogging and spending time with my family.

At Motivated Mommy of Two I love to write about what motivates me to keep going with my weight loss journey, the awesome times I spend with my family. And of course all of the different projects I like to work around the house.
One of the projects this year was my third attempt to grow a vegetable garden, you know how they say, “Third time's a charm.”

And this has been true for me. Today I wanted to share with you some gardening tips that I believe have allowed me to be successful.
  1. 1. The first thing I did was buy some pots (8 inch) and painted them with chalkboard paint, making it easy to label.
  2. 2. I bought a green house kit to be able to start my seeds indoors. I followed the directions provided in the kit, I placed the green house by the window where it would get indirect sunlight.
  3. 3. Once the seeds started to sprout, I removed the lid and allowed them to keep growing indoors until the weather was just right to transplant.
  4. 4. When most of the plants were getting big enough that they were starting to tip over, it was time to transplant to the already painted pots. I bought organic potting mix and started the process. One by one the plants were transplanted to their individual pot and labeled them.
  5. 5. They were placed outside where they would get the morning sun and shade in the afternoon. Since the weather was still a bit cold, I watered them every other day.
  6. 6. My husband felt that they needed to be moved to a better location in the back yard, once they were moved they started to bloom beautifully.



I believe that following all of these steps this time around have helped me in being successful with my vegetable garden. 

I recently transplanted them one more time to bigger pots (10 inch), since the roots of every vegetable were starting to come out at the bottom.
Here they are in their new pots and they continue to grow.



TIP: Advice I received at the Home Depot gardening center. 

When using pots for planting vegetables, always start with small pots and when they are ready to be transplanted move up the next size. Do not get a big pot at the beginning or they will not grow.

Thank you ...



Note from Sinea: I don't know about you but I am itching to get outside and do some gardening.!! Shirley's post with these beautiful photos have awakened the garderner within me! 

The weather where I live just had a crazy touch of summer (we usually have SNOW on the ground in March) which is so misleading. It was a brief tease of 80 degree days. Now our nights are back to producing record-breaking lows so I'll have to hold back a few weeks and wait till my plants will have a better chance of survival. You can count on it though, by Memorial Day I'll be out there digging the soil and getting those plants in the ground.  

Be sure to stop by Shirley's site "Motivated Mommy of Two" and say "hi"!  
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