It's March now and we're starting our seeds. We decided on the following:
teeny zucchini hybrid squash (12 plants)
hot pepper blend (12 plants)
(includes big red cayeene hybrid, Anaheim chili, ancho, biker Billy hybrid, and Hungarian wax)
Roman chamomile (6 plants)
cilantro (12 plants)
sweet basil (18 plants)
true lavender (6 plants)
Brandywine red tomato (24 plants)
Mediterranean oregano (6 plants)
sweet treat hybrid carrot (12 plants)
sweet pepper blend (18 plants)
(includes sweet como di toro, big red, chardonnay, purple beauty, orange sun, and diamond)
burpless beauty cucumber (12 plants)
salad fresh hybrid spinach (18 plants)
diciccio broccoli (12 plants)
little gem lettuce (12 plants)
parade onion (scallions) (6 plants)
We started 216 plants and we sure hope to have an abundance of everything. We're also going to force some bubs over the next few weeks so our front yard will be washed in reds, yellows, and purples to welcome Spring. Perhaps not on the 20th, but soon after. We'll also be planting watermelon, zucchini, echinacea, rosemary, and sage in April.
It looks like were going to need at least two of those cinder block raised beds (each holding around 60 plants), but three would be so much better. We're planning on covering our back patio in containers for everything that doesn't get a spot in one of the beds. I know I'd like to grow the chamomile, lavender, basil, rosemary, sage, and oregano by the door, so I can just step outside and snip, snip for cooking.
So far, I've spent $12 on the garden. I'm starting my seeds in little plastic Burpee green houses I've stored for three straight years. My husband thought I was nuts for this, but I saved us $75! (I was amazed to see them going for twenty five bucks each this weekend at Target! You can get the cheaper version for $8, but mine are the awesometacular deluxe models.) I swapped seeds for baked goods (yay for bartering with your friends and neighbors!) and I purchased the rest of my seeds plus a bag of Miracle Gro potting soil for that $12. I anticipated spending another $56 on the cinder blocks I'd need for the raised beds, but it looks like a friend is going to bring those to me for FREE. Meanwhile, I'm still searching for other ideas for our container garden. We'd like FREE and/or repurposed containers natch. We have a friend who has given us some very cool pots as well.
1.) Save money.
2.) Eat healthier.
3.) Live greener.
4.) Provide an educational activity for my whole family.
We still have time to build those raised beds. Finding the time when Mr. OFM isn't changing the world through music is the trick. I might just have to man up and do it myself, huh? Well, I think I could do it, friends. Not a lot of craftsmanship in these babies. Just heavy lifting and such.