This year’s garden is in the beginning stages.
Since it snowed last year on May 1st, I have no idea when you’re supposed to plant anything anymore, so yes, we’re winging it.
I had saved empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls for a month or so to plant our little seeds. I had read you can just sit those right in the ground, cover with dirt, and you’re good to go.
The kids and I planted the seeds one afternoon.
P is in charge of watermelon. (His stomach can’t handle tomatoes right now, so I’m praying we get at least ONE watermelon out of the whole deal so he can say he grew something. St. Fiacre–pray for us!)
D is in charge of orange tomatoes. Why orange? I don’t know, but he is SUPER excited about his orange tomatoes that he’s growing.
E is in charge of flowers. Guess whose plants sprouted first? Yes, she’s excited.
To add to the mix, we have planted:
- cilantro (which never ever grows for me, so I don’t know why I continue to try)
- pink tomatoes
- yellow tomatoes
- striped tomatoes
We planted the seeds in the little toilet paper rolls and have been patiently waiting while we baby them indoors and take them out during long stretches of sunshine.
BEFORE we started this whole gardening thing, however, we borrowed a Botany book put out by Apologia. I made up some “plant notebooking sheets”, and I placed three pinto beans on wet paper towels in separate sandwich baggies and taped them to the kitchen window. Within a few days, they were sprouting, and the kids drew and labeled the process to help understand what exactly is going on underneath the soil of our plants.
A couple days later, I was staring at the toilet paper rolls, thinking, “What if they never sprout? I would be so upset–I mean, the KIDS will be so upset. Yes, the kids. That’s what this is about.”
So, perhaps it’s because the husband and I have been binge watching episodes of “The Big Bang Theory,” but suddenly I decided to try an experiment.
Those that know me might know that I don’t do random experiments.
Why? Because I don’t like to waste materials if it doesn’t work.
And because I kind of don’t like being frustrated or failing.
But I was feeling brave this particular day. If the beans sprouted in the window baggies, would any OTHER type of seeds sprout?
We had just read in this Botany book by Apologia that seeds actually need sun and water at first–not even soil.
An hour later, this was what my kitchen window looked like:
I’m not sayin’ it’s pretty.
But I’m sayn’ it’s…effective!
The experiment worked!
Let’s take a peek over one of the baggies at some yellow tomato plants, shall we?
And here’s a look at some of the lettuce we’re growing:
How is our lone cucumber sprout coming along in the toilet paper rolls?
What about the cucumber seeds I had in the window baggies?
Forget this growing them in soil thing–next year, I’m hitting up more windows in this house to start the process and then transplant them when they start growing. And I could start this process so much EARLIER in the year.
The kids are so excited to check the bags every couple of days, and I can’t WAIT to get these in the ground and get this garden going.
Next month, my awesome husband will be building me some raised garden boxes and a cucumber trellis. We’re looking at 8 cucumber plants–so far. If the others sprout, we’re going to be in the cucumber farming business, folks. As for tomatoes, we currently have about ten that have sprouted through the use of baggies. My hope was to get some going, and if we had an abundance of plants that “took,” we could give some to friends and family because I forget that ten tomato plants will have us choking on tomatoes by the end of the season.
The next few days are supposed to be a LOVELY 70+ degrees with nothing but sunshine, so here’s hoping this is what our toilet paper roll seeds are needing.