The day has come. Some plants are finally IN THE GROUND. Such excitement around the homestead. Now here, I must be completely honest. The seedling project has not worked out well. It makes me so sad that my time and energy has gone down in flames, but I’m not gonna sugar-coat it. The seedlings did not fare well when taken out of their cushy garage dwelling.
I made an honest effort to put my zucchini plants (the ones whose stems hadn’t yet snapped, which was only 2, well, 2.5) but after a couple of Spring-time Kansas storms, those stems had also snapped. Clearly I’m doing something wrong. Oh boy this picture is sad. Tips??? Please???
And as I mentioned before, the seedlings were not doing well in the natural sunlight. The tomatoes were brown and wilted and I just didn’t see them coming back to life. So we did the next best thing. We went to our favorite local, family owned farm (that just happened to beautifully do our wedding flower arrangments) Pendleton’s, and stocked up on vegetable plants. I was fearing the worst as far as the money we’d be spending. We had scouted out plant prices at the local big-box hardware store and were looking at spending $3-7 per plant. And for as many plants as I wanted, this would have run the price up pretty fast. But Pendleton’s really came through for us. We got beautiful tomato and pepper (many varieties of each) plants for $0.99/plant. That’s right, less money than I’d spend at the grocery store for 1 stupid bell pepper for a whole, big, beautiful plant!!
So although I made every effort to save money by growing my own plants from seedlings, in the end, we found another cost-saving measure. Find a local nursery/farm/gardener and get some high quality plants for a more than reasonable price.
We also visited another local nursery, Sunrise Garden Center, and purchased Okra, Eggplant, Cucumbers,Tomatillos and Banana Peppers, as well as some tomato stakes and bone/blood meal.
And I got the official word from Grandma, my family’s expert gardener (and MAN did that woman have a beautiful garden) – BLOOD MEAL = BUNNY REPELLENT.
And last but not least, we planted three deck planters for the herbs. Basil, Rosemary, Cilantro, Parsely, Peppermint and Thyme.
And then the rains came. And they kept coming, with a vengance. But my plants remained standing. They are marvelous creatures!