After getting rid of so much in order to make our "great move" we pretty much had nothing to start with as far as gardening is concerned. Not so much as a hand trowel or a pair of gardening gloves. But thanks to a couple trips to the dollar store and a stop at Walmart we have carefully acquired enough things to get started.
The dollar store provided us with garden gloves, a hand trowel and a half dozen packets of seeds for 25¢ each. We also picked up various bowls, buckets and containers we felt would make great pots for container gardening.
A stop at Walmart provided us with a large bag of potting soil for $2.96, a cute greenhouse seed starter and the rest of the seeds we needed for 20¢ and 50¢ each. I wanted to plant a specific type of pumpkin that I love for cooking and baking so I had to splurge and pay $1.88 for a packet of sugar pumpkin seeds. The girls were quick to point out that the seeds were still less than one large can of pumpkin puree. Exactly!
We came home and the girls were excited to get started. We filled the seed starter with soil and carefully planted the seeds so as not to waste any. While they planted I cut the cardboard sleeve that had been wrapped out the starter into strips to use as plant markers and labeled each one with a Sharpie marker.
We also got out all the containers we'd collected lately and filled those with soil and planted chives in a peanut can and a can that held some of my beer brewing ingredients. We used a punch and hammer to put a drain hole in the bottom of the cans and the plastic lids were snapped on to catch drips. My kids thought this was pretty clever.
A large margarine tub a friend gave me was put to use to house our leftover seeds and keep them dry and protected. I planted some Roma tomato seeds my oldest collected last week from a tomato she sliced up for a salad in a sour cream container. I am hopeful they will sprout.
Our landlady lent my oldest a container so she could plant a potato she had pulled from the pantry with eyes sprouting on it. She is super excited to see if she can grow her own potatoes. She has a couple more potatoes left so I'll be on the lookout for more containers she can use.
Right now my kitchen table looks more like a shelf in a greenhouse but I'm totally okay with that. The thought of growing our own food is exciting and we are hopeful that we'll be successful this year.
Do you plant a garden?