Spring Garden 2014

This year I decided to start my garden a little earlier.  I didn't start as early as I had wanted, but it's so much earlier than last year's summer garden.

This year I wanted to try some different things:
  • Starting from seed for all my plants
  • Using peat pellets
  • Using a greenhouse
  • Planting less

So this year I started herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, dill) but I'm not sure which will actually make it.  So far, the basil is doing the best.  The verdict isn't out yet on the rest.

Then I planted sweetie tomatoes and beefsteak tomatoes.

I started the seeds indoors and recently transplanted many of them into larger containers and putting them in a mini greenhouse outside.

It seems that last year I was able to get better sprouts when I used garden soil instead of the pellets.  I'm definitely not an expert on that, but I hope it works out.

When the plants mature I'll transplant them to a more permanent home, but for now they're in the mini greenhouse.

Oh yes, my mint started growing back.  Fresh tea anyone?

p.s.  Don't use colored craft sticks as plant markers ever.  The dye bleeds and it's crazy messy.

Happy Gardening,


  1. I have that same greenhouse :) I started seeds this year too. Also not as early as I wanted too but I direct seeded everything last year so still an improvement. I'm buying a tomato plant though because they take so long to produce any fruit so I'd rather get a bigger head start

  2. Good venture Libby :) Good luck. I am a go green kind of girl too. I compost all my kitchen waste though I live in a home with very little outdoor space LOL.

  3. I am sure your garden will look amazing in time.

  4. Wow, you are a step ahead of me. My seedlings are still inside. Hopefully I will start acclimating them to the outdoors this weekend. Wishing you garden success, enjoy!

  5. You are much more patient than I am. Of course, my cooler climate makes for a shorter growing season. The only things I started from seed are morning glories and moon flowers. I need to get them outside pretty soon; they are starting to twine around a little. I have never tried growing herbs from seed. I want my herbs to be ready to pick NOW. My rosemary this year is a tiny one, though, so I'll have to wait a while yet on that one!

  6. Looks like you got a good start on everything. We didn't use peat pellets at all this year and have had good luck with all of our seeds so far. I might have to plant more cilantro. Apparently we are using that like crazy this year. And there's a whole bunch of rhubarb just waiting to be picked so more can grow. Fabulous!

  7. Mmm... fresh mint sounds wonderful! Thanks for the tip about not using colored sticks :)

    Have a beautiful day, sweet friend!

  8. Good luck with all your plantings Libby! Jim has mint in his yard that grows like crazy! I plan on doing something with it since I love mint tea. :) It's great for the tummy too. The mini greenhouse is so cute.

  9. Looks like a fab place to relax for sure!!

  10. Lovely! I think herbs are great, and I wish you all the best in your success with them!


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