It’s Spring! But It’s Not. Gardening Link Up Party!

This spring has been kind of hard. The weather is gorgeous, warm, sunny. Our grass is growing and everything, everywhere seems to be budding. And I’m getting antsy. The longer I wait, the more green things turn, the less it looks like winter and the more it looks like summer, the less I’m able to resist the call of our garden.

Quick refresher: last year, we threw a few seeds in the ground and I was shocked when they grew and provided us with carrots and cauliflower consistently for three months. This year, I want to be a Serious Gardener, so I started my own seeds.

And they grew. 
Because I was over eager and already having trouble with the waiting thing, I started these seeds at the end of February. Even the little seed packets said I shouldn’t try to start them until – at the very earliest – the beginning of March. I’m such a rebel. 
What my overzealous seed planting means is that my tomato plants are begging – begging – to be put in the ground. And I was gonna do it too! This past weekend, probably. And then, as we settled in beside a friend at church for the Good Friday service, his mom – an experienced gardener – leaned over and said quietly, “No matter what the weather is doing, it’s not spring yet. You can’t plant your garden until May.”
However, she said, those poor tomato plants certainly need some help. They’ve fallen over and started growing sideways with the weight of their heads. I’m sure I’ve done something wrong to cause them to do this, but their green and smell delightfully of tomato plants, so I’m happy and certain they’ll bear fruit. But yes. Yes, they need help.
So, following J’s advice, on Saturday, I stopped by the gardening section of our local Home Depot and picked up a couple sets of peat pots, big enough that I could place the little grow-pellet directly in the pot to avoid hurting the little root balls as much as possible. I sprinkled a little dirt in the bottom of each peat pot, lifted the tomato plant into the pot and sprinkled more dirt over it. 

And then, the important step. I – wait for it – staked them! I know, right? Genius. No one in the world has ever thought of staking their tomato plants before. Ha.

Now, my 12 tomato plants are looking far happier in their bigger pots with little twigs holding them up straighter. The stakes and the bigger pots will give them a few more weeks of solid growth and then, I’ll pop them in the ground, and rig an even larger stake to help them grow taller and taller and bear much fruit.

Since I’ve seriously got gardening on the brain, I need friends who can join me in the fun. So, please tell me! Which of you are growing gardens this year, big or small, veggie or flower? In fact, let’s try something new… link up your gardening posts, either from this year or last so that everyone can follow along!

Even if you don’t have a blog, leave a comment and let me know about your own gardening experience! I really, truly can’t get enough right now.

0 thoughts on “It’s Spring! But It’s Not. Gardening Link Up Party!

  1. Are you sitting down?
    Even your mother has decided to try growing a few vegetables. We've built one raised bed, 3' x 12'. The one big caveat…I will not feel obligated to freeze/preserve anything. If we can't, or don't want to, eat it, the vegies will be free to rot!

  2. This is the playhouse/screen house we started last spring and have yet to full finish. Its between our hay field and the veggie garden (in the foreground) so we can watch critters in the field in the evenings and so the kids have a shady spot to play while I'm working on the veggies. Thought I might get to paint this weekend and finish the couple of spots of lattice but looks like it may be too cold to paint here. Pole beans, gourds, cucumbers and morning glories will grow up it (hopefully) and provide additional shade. Thanks for hosting!

  3. I can totally identify! I'm chomping at the bit to put plants out there, but… it's too early, especially for tomato plants. They say that if you plant tomatoes when the soil is still too cool, it will set them back. So how do you tell when the soil is ready? Get ready for this one… I've been told when you can comfortably sit on the soil with your bare bum!

  4. btw, regarding your chair – we have an upholsterer in our church. I can introduce you to him. Maybe he can help you find the ideas or the supplies you're looking for.

  5. Thanks for hosting! I posed an old entry – hope that's ok. We started indoor seeds this week too. Nothing but dirt to show so far.

    Loved to see the progress on the chair – I was wondering if you abandoned that effort. I ripped apart a chair once, bought the fabric for it and then called it quits! ha.

  6. Yeah, we still have some time. I'm just worried because last year we didn't get our tomatoes in until the end of April which meant we didn't really start harvesting anything until September and then the weather turned and it was just a really strange garden.

  7. No garden here this year. The garden is just in too public of a place and doesn't do very well. I usually plant vegetables (tomatoes, and last year I tried eggplant) and a few herbs (usually an assortment of mint, dill, rosemary, and basil). The herbs never seem to grow. Even the flourishing mint plant I brought with me from the last place couldn't survive here. Good thing I live super close to the Farmer's Market!

  8. We just bought a house this spring, but don't move in till the end of May. I badly want a veg garden, but I think this year we will have to pass. It would just be far to late to start planting in June πŸ™ Perhaps a summer of backyard planning is in order! At least the back deck is already done…..

  9. oooh very exciting! WE planted some rosemary – started it indoors and will move it (in the same pot) once it's warm enough outside. Hubs was a rosemary TREE so let's hope we get a good amount πŸ™‚ I also planted lettuce and arugula on the weekend. Sprout leaves, sprout!

  10. Ooh, too bad! I remember your tomato and pepper(?) plants that you kept on your patio at your old student place! If you really wanted to garden, I seem to remember the university has a gardening co-op. Their garden is close to north campus or something… you could check it out!

  11. End of May… hmm… you could certainly do some things! Lettuce, for example, will produce all summer long. In fact, gardeners are supposed to seed and reseed all the way through the summer. I'm sure there's a few other quick growing plants you could grow! Otherwise, a whole summer will allow you to get your garden plot well-worked and ready for next year!

  12. Can rosemary grow into a tree? I would LOVE that! We have some herbs that I was planning on putting outside, but then they started to fail in their little peat pots, so I repotted them into bigger pots. They should do fine and will definitely live outside once it gets warm enough.

  13. We're also waiting to garden, it's so hard!
    However, today it was 37F and frosted when I woke up so it's good that we're waiting! I think we will focus on flowers and shrubs because our attempts at veggies didn't go well before. My BF forgot them while I was studying abroad for six weeks so they didn't really produce much. My counter top herbs have been surviving all winter though!

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