I have been wanting to start a vegetable garden in our backyard for a while. It doesn’t seem too hard. Growing up, my mom regularly grew cherry tomatoes in the yard because they do nicely in pots. Hubs apparently grew up with vegetables in his garden and likes to say how “easy” growing tomatoes and peppers are. So when I found these pepper and tomato seeds in the dollar spot at Target, I knew it was time to put his green thumb to use.
The seeds come in a little package and then there is the little cake of soil. I thought it was food and that we needed to have more potting soil on hand to grow it but Hubs kept telling me we didn’t need it yet. Still, I bought a bag from the PX and then when it came time to getting the seeds started, I discovered that yes, he was right and we didn’t need it. Once I started to add water to the cake, it grew. It was compacted potting soil and once I added the water to it, it expanded to nearly fill the little cup.
Once the soil finished expanding, we added the seeds. The directions said to gently push the seeds into the soil with your finger and so my two little gardeners got to work. The did a fairly good job with the peppers, not so much with the tomato so I had to go back and push those ones in.
The last step is to keep the soil moist and once the plants reach 3 inches, we have to transfer them into a larger pot. I put the cups outside on a chair (so they weren’t on the ground) and in a sunny place but Hubs said that was a silly idea because bugs would eat the seeds before they had a chance to grow so we brought them inside and set them on a window sill that gets a ton of sunlight.
So far, the tomatoes have started to sprout. Nothing from the peppers yet but it fell down and spilled so who knows how deep the seeds are now. We’ve been watering them daily and hopefully in a couple weeks I’ll be able to provide an update with them in their “big plant” pots and we’ll get to eat some vegetables later this summer.
Have you ever started a garden? What’s your favorite thing to grow?