Playing in the Dirt!

sprinkler garden 3There are few things I love more than a freshly tilled and planted garden.  I know it is exciting and oh so pretty when stuff starts coming up, but that moment I look at a newly planted area gives me a thrill. I love the smell, the look, the crud under my fingernails and the sweat I feel dripping down my back which all says in chorus “Good Job!”

Over the last few days we have planted two new beds.  One is actually a combo of Garden 2 and Garden 5 from last year.  We put them together to make one biggie plot-43 ft x26 ft. Hubby tilled it up with our Kubota and then we marked off rows and we planted using my handy dandy Earthway Seeder. We planted a variety of beans, peas, beets, cucumbers and flowers. I know you can’t see anything yet, but isn’t it pretty??

butterfly1

garden 2 planted

A little butterfly enjoyed hovering over it while I was finishing up.

butterfly2

butterfly3

The second one was more challenging. We had a mini hill that was nothing but hard dirt, glass, trash, weeds and more.  Mostly stuff we didn’t want. Hubby took to it with a hand held hoe, our rototiller and a bunch of man power and got it to the point of workable soil.

Hubby potato hill3

Hubby potato hill2

Hubby potato hill1

Since it is a hill (not real noticeable here, but it is elevated) we decided to put potatoes in here.  I know potatoes are risky right now as it is July. BUT I had bought them and was out of town during much of May and most of June so they did not get planted.  It was either give them a shot now or toss them. We chose to let them see what they could do and we are optimistic they will return something to us for the opportunity. 🙂

We added some eggplant in here as I understand that is a good companion for potatoes.  I sprinkled some bee friendly seeds in as well. I sprinkle a bit of those in all the gardens.

By noon yesterday we were watering our newly planted areas. Looking at them soaking in the water makes you feel so hopeful doesn’t it? I imagine the little seeds are happy to be in the soil, getting water and nutrients and are planning their grand entrance.

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I can’t wait until I see them popping up and I get to meet all of my new green babies. Are you still planting? What’s your favorite part?

Happy Unleashing in your garden!

FGU

My Green Babies Are Growing

Green Babies GrowingJust like a proud mama, I am so excited about watching my little seedlings grow from seed and prepare themselves for their life in my garden soon. This weekend was time for all the tomatoes to move into bigger pots.

After a semester of school and working full time, you cannot imagine (or maybe you can) how excited I was to have 70 degrees, sunny and time on Saturday to play in the soil!!!!

The “before” shots show they are ready to move out!

 

Green Babies Growing

If you recall it wasn’t long ago that they looked like this:

Seedlings

I think one of  the best things about being outside with the green babies is getting a farmgirl manicure!

Farmgirl mani

Transplanting began and it went so smoothly.  They all popped right into their new “digs” (like the play on words?), I added a bit of started mix and before I knew it I had 60 tomato plants in new pots.

Transplanting begun

New digs

They got a drink of water, had a little sunshine left and got tucked in for the night.  Of course, I had to go check on them before I tucked in last night!

Today was another beautiful day, so we moved them outside this afternoon for some sunshine.  I cannot imagine how they must have felt with real sunshine rather than the lights they have been sitting under!

Photosynthesis here we go!!

Sunshine

Sunshine

This is my first time starting tomatoes from seed.  Next stop is the garden which should be in about 10 days.  Peppers get transplanted next, they are ready, but I ran out of pots yesterday.

Peppers

I have not started my own peppers from seed before either.  It is another venture and experiment that seems to be working out well.

What is your favorite thing to start inside from seed?  Doesn’t it make you feel like you are helping spring along a little having a bit of green going while the earth is thawing out?

Hope you are unleashing in the soil today!

FGU