Our Veggie Garden, Pt. 3

Sad, sad, sprouts

Sad, sad, sprouts


Look at these poor, sad peas. Wilted, neglected, bummed out. Today’s make was clear, get these guys in the ground!

I gathered up some bamboo poles we’ve had leaning against our house for the better part of a decade, some twine, a pot, and our trusty bag of Black Gold soil.

How many more do I need to do?

How many more do I need to do? (whine, whine)


Ill timed for after a day in the pool, Jack tried to get out of his garden duty again. Uh uh, no way mister. You wanted to start this garden. So he begrudgingly dragged himself to the pot and started filling.

When the poles came out, things perked up for Jack. After whipping them around Kung Fu style, sound FXs at full volume (and spit) level, he landed them in the pot. But he wasn’t in it for long, once the twine came out, he was out.

Bamboo

I tied the tops of the poles together and then wound more twine around the poles for the peas to climb. I was sort of winging it (surprise!) but I know I’ve seen this set up before so it’s probably ok.

I then planted the starter peas near the base of the poles. I was later informed that I might have planted a few too many starters in this small pot, but whatever, survival of the fittest right?

Then came the water and seriously, within 10 minutes I swear I could see much happier pea shoots. Is it possible for them to snap to it to quickly?

Jack took this one with his Lego camera

Jack took this one with his Lego camera

overhead

If you’re keeping track, we now have the following underway in Our Garden:
– Green Beans
– Carrots
– Broccoli
– Peas

And our existing crops:
– Plums
– Lemons
– Mandarins (though yet to be edible)

Next up:
– Tomatoes
– Strawberries

Our Veggie Garden: Pt 2

Our Seeds Sprouted

It worked!
The egg cartons did not turn to mush.
The seeds did turn to sprouts.
We did not fumble this ball… yet.

Tonight we replanted the first batch of our sproutlets into an actual planter. By “we” I mean Elise and me. Jack was “having a bad night” and chose to sit this one out. Yep, totally get it. After a day of field trip fun at the Discovery Museum, Jack’s evening took a turn for the worse with a couple of playground injuries, one invoking a fat, bloody lip. Tomorrow we’ll plant his peas.

Please, no pictures

Please, no pictures

So it was just me and my girl. We really don’t know much about farming so we’re starting with a small parcel, a mere 1’x2′ plot. Riding our initial surprising success (Our Veggie Garden, Pt. 1) we were feeling slightly hubris and a bit daring in our approach. i.e. we just kinda shoved them in as neat and tidy as seemed right.
We planted green beans, carrots, and broccoli. It’s possible they are too close, too far, too shallow, too deep. We’ll ride this one out.

Planting our sprouts

Planting our sprouts

Tucking this bean sprout in

Tucking this bean sprout in

Watering our garden

Watering our garden

Oh, and there are a couple of reasons we started so small. Our “yard” is basically 12 square ft of space and about 1’x2′ of that space gets direct sun. Not really sure where we’ll shove the other sprouts, I might go out and randomly plop them where rays of light hit throughout the day.

To be continued…

DAY 9: Our Veggie Garden, Pt. 1

Jack with his various seeds

Jack with his various seeds

Our heat wave continues in Nor Cal with record breaking 90 degree temps today in Alameda.

90. Degrees.

To frame this for you, May is typically 65.

It got me thinking that it might just be a great time to get our garden started. Hot sun, some seeds, a bunch of dirt & water. According to my brown thumb and me, this is the recipe for success. So we pulled together a few supplies and started our starters.

I had it in my head that egg cartons would be perfect for starting seeds off in, until we watered them. This may evolve into more of a science project to see how many days one can water a cardboard garden before it disintegrates. Will it sprout or turn to mush first? Only time shall tell.

But I guess this is the point of the Make Stuff Up Challenge, and this Fumbleweeds experiment overall. Make first, ask questions later. I am typically such a researcher, looking into a thousand ways to do something before jumping in. But this daily-ish challenge doesn’t allow for a lot of contemplation time and instead has me moving on the ideas as they pop into my head. What’s today? Garden. Boom. Done.

STARTING OUR VEGGIE GARDEN
We started with a couple of egg cartons, some Black Gold organic soil, a couple of plastic bottles, and lots of seeds.

Today we’re planting:
– Broccoli
– Green Beans
– Peas
– Carrots

We then made these little water bottles, one for each kid, to keep their starter seeds moist. Take any bottle out of your recycling, poke some holes in the top, and there you have it.

The kids are strangely fascinated with the bottles themselves and their newfound responsibility to keep their seeds moist.

DIY watering bottle

DIY watering bottle

READY to plant

READY to plant

Jack placing dirt

Jack placing dirt, yes that’s various “hot day” accouterment (dirt, sunscreen, popsicle) decorating his face.

Next I covered the holes in the lid of the egg cartons with tape and the kids filled the cartons with dirt. They made teeny, tiny, little holes in the dirt for seeds and carefully shoved 5 times more than required into each hole.

Jack then “put a ceiling of dirt on each little home to keep the seeds cozy and warm.” awww, sweet. Oh jeez, I hope they sprout!

I then labeled each row so we wouldn’t forget what was what.

Then came the water, lots of it, and that’s pretty much it. For today’s Make Stuff Up, we made up our little starter gardens.

Watering our seedlings

Watering our seedlings

Starter Veggie Garden

Starter Veggie Garden

And now we wait. And water. And wait.

To be continued…