3.07.2006

Gardening Again



I got John a seed starting tray for Christmas, and he bought seeds and was growing these beautiful little lettuce and broccoli sprouts... that is until we came home one day to find dirt strewn all over our bedroom and bathroom. Seems Willem thought that would be more fun.

We've got a new tray ready, but John hasn't replanted the starters yet. We were probably too early anyway.

But what we have done... John bought a blueberry bush, which is one of the few you can put in pots. When every we live somewhere permanently we'd like to plant a bunch of berry bushes, but this is a good start. Also, I've planted some strawberries. I grew some last year in the ground, and they grew well, but they got that strawberry disease and the birds ate them, so I'm going to try a hanging variety this time.

and...


(sorry, original image lost)

John decided to re-plant some of his herb seeds in pots instead of in the starter tray, so here is a lovely view of my kitchen windows filled with plants (when it was actually clean for a whole hour). Okay, so mostly you only see pots, but they are (in the teacup) a carrot top I'm growing, John's cilantro, daffodils (from the yard), chives (which somehow survived the winter), John's mint, my new unnamed leafy plant, my huge aloe plant, my Wandering Jew, and the potato I'm trying to grow (to John's dismay) like I did when I was a kid.

4 comments:

kate said...

Yeah, back many years ago I grew some bell peppers in a starter tray, and Pretzel made quick work of the seedlings. . . .

I would love to grow berries too, but don't they take several years to produce fruit?

Laura and John said...

Blueberries don't produce fruit until the second year. We bought a mature one at Lowe's. I'm not sure when strawberries produce, but last year I bought plants at the co op and they produced fruit pretty quickly. These are smaller sprouts than what I bought last year, but I think they are supposed to grow this summer.

Chara said...

Strawberries will sprout in the first year- or so i've been tld....
Josh and i tried to grow strawberries one year but the plant just died instead. we never could figure it out.

I must say that your kitchen loks very open, colorful and inviting. I am jealous of all the windows in your kitchen!

Laura and John said...

dont' be too jealous... that's pretty much all of my counter space. That's almost the whole kitchen.

But I like it too.