Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Slightly Green Thumb


This weekend was so beautiful and warm, so I escaped from paper writing for a bit to do a little gardening.  It started Saturday when J and I went to pick up our FREE trees!  Our city was giving out two free trees per household on Saturday, so we got a Poplar and a Red Birch.  I'm so excited about them.


On our way home, we passed by a plant sale, so we stopped to check out what they had.  We got three tomatoes, a perennial, and two great plant mixes for our front porch - and we ran into my uncle there too!  He was volunteering at the plant sale.  He also volunteers at the greenhouse, so it probably shouldn't have been a huge surprise to see him there, but I was still surprised.  I forget how small this town is sometimes.


On Sunday, J and I moved our compost bin and used all the compost from the past year to fertilize our new garden.  We planted our three meager tomatoes and crossed our fingers.  My tomatoes last year were such a failure.  But I have high hopes for a new gardening year!  Hopefully I'll have some tomatoes to show you all in a few months :D

So far this is the extent of my gardening, but my mom (a gardening nut) has many, many plans for my outdoor living space, so I have a feeling I'll be doing a lot more.  Do you have a garden?  Have any tips to offer?

10 comments:

Y said...

Hella yeah! I wish my town gave out trees!

Dylana Suarez said...

Looking good!

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Evil Angel said...

I wish I had a green thumb!

Brooke said...

Y - isn't that awesome?? I love how green this town is!! :)

Dylana - thanks! Hope I'll have some real homegrown food to show you guys soon!

Andrea, haha, I wish I had a green thumb too - mine's more like a painted green fingernail :) haha

Bunny Masseuse said...

My fav. potted/ground plant: Purple Heart!

Taki J said...

I so don't have a green thumb. I want to plant tomatoes too, and some peppers. My mom said I could do them in a pot in case the spot I picked didn't get the proper amount of sun I can just move it. I just want her to come plant them for me..lol.

jo.frougal said...

A tip? Definitely wear gloves. Fungus could get under the nails and breed (heaven forbid)!!! At the very least, to protect your lovely manis. But I suppose that should be obvious, LOL.

Brooke said...

Bunny - I just bought two Bleeding Hearts today - are they similar to Purple Hearts?

hahaha Taki, luckily my mom gives me a lot of her plants from seed. I have a lot more trouble with potted tomatoes than ground tomatoes, I think because there is less nutrition in the pots, but that could just be me. They are great though if you are trying to keep them in the sun or away from tomato-eating critters!

Jo - yick! lol. Yeah, I have a bunch of very un-fashionable gardening gloves - mainly because I am terrified of bugs getting on my hands! haha

Bunny Masseuse said...

Bunny - I just bought two Bleeding Hearts today - are they similar to Purple Hearts?

Not really, Purple hearts are similar to your climbing vines (where they push off buds to form the next leg from the previous stem) and each time these "stem elbows" form you'll get a little purple flower. I'll have to find a picture.

Brooke said...

ooohh ok, I'd love to see a picture!

 
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