Monday, August 5, 2013

Beginner's Gardening 101

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When I was younger I never liked plants or flowers. I believe that it had a lot to do with the bugs and worms that I have found on multiple occasions in my grandparents garden. If you asked me a year ago if I would to plant a few things I'd probably pass. However, now that we're in a much bigger place the idea of gardening started to sound like lots of fun. We do not have a garden, but we have a huge patio area. Sean provided me with a baker's rack to place outside where I can place all my plants.

I've looked at Pinterest and Google trying to find inspiration on what exactly I'd want to garden. I then realized that most of the plants I want to garden are many vegetables and herbs. I have tons of room on the baker's rack to place multiple pots and plants for a little produce area. I am in no way shape or form a pro at gardening nor do I even know that much about. Although, after reading a few articles here and there I am confident enough to start with these three beauties!

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I'm super excited about these three little plants that I have. It's small to start with and at least I can get my foot into the door of gardening. I started off with cilantro, basil, and a red onion plant. For the onions I'm going to have to replace the pot with something larger. These pots are plastic and I am trying to find the old school ceramic clay pots. I didn't find small ones at Lowes. Hopefully I can find them on Amazon or Google. I have been thinking if I wanted to have a few flower pots on the top of the rack just for decorative purposes, but I'm really not a big fan of flowers. If I do decide to purchase flowers I'd love to have some Plumerias or even Orchids. I think those type of flowers would be beautiful on our patio. We still have a long way to go as far as decorating or getting our place together, but at least we're starting on the right foot.

I'm so excited about this whole gardening ordeal. I hope that this all turns out well. That way we can have a few fresh produce to add into our meals that I can say I grew myself! I easily get sucked into projects and if something doesn't happen quickly or I don't see progress I tend to give up and move on to the next thing. However, with plants I know that growing something takes time and I want to learn how to become more patient. I think this is the best way for me to learn how to provide some good TLC and see it manifest on its own. I also plan on documenting my little gardening adventure. That way I can at least see the type of progress I've been making to evaluate whether I'm good at this or not.


  1. is that basil lettuce leaf? because i LOVE's so fragrant and fresh and tastes so awesome in salads. i bought 2 potted herbs too (basil and mint) since i use mint all the time. but i'm a plant killer; gardening isn't my forte and i tend to kill plants..which i almost did because i put them on my window sill and even though i was very careful with the amount of water i used, it appears that leaving them on a window sill under full-on sun burns the shit out of them because the window acts like a magnifying glass!

  2. @kathy@vodka and soda: I am new to gardening so I will keep in mind not to place them by a window sill if I'm not going to have the time to watch over them, haha. These are basil plants and I am so excited to use them. They smell so good. I love the smell and flavor of basil!

    I feel like I'm a plant killer myself, but I am trying to slowly learn how to properly take care of these babies! Hopefully I don't kill them since I've only had them for less than a week, haha.

  3. Oh, I love this and I think I need to start doing this too. Gardening is so much fun. When I was a kid we had a huge garden with lots of veggies, herbs and fruits. It was fantastic! Last year I had peppers and basil! It was fun!