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growing vegetables: week 1

5 September 2010 2,227 views 5 Comments


When I was back home in June we had a few lunches with lettuce picked from the garden that Mum had grown from seed. I was SO impressed. And they tasted delicious.

Here at home #2 – wicked Manly pad – I don’t exactly have the same, er, infrastructure and facilities as Mum but I thought I’d give it a go anyway… I’d seen Flower Power when I’d been out on my bike and liked the look of it so I popped there and it was a good choice! Loads of stuff, and most importantly, nice, friendly staff who were happy to help out a first-timer like me. I got loaded up:

  • planting boxes (with helpful drainage system of some kind)
  • bags and bags and bags of ‘seed-grow’ or similarly named dirt
  • a watering can! wicked wicked wicked
  • bags of seeds, I chose two types of lettuce – like Mum, rocket – because it’s meant to be really easy to grow, flat leaf parsley
  • liquid fertiliser to use when the first green bits pop out

Larry’s suspension was a bit challenged (?!) but we got everything home.

Then I laid everything out in the yard and sorted out getting my little babies planted. Nothing too complicated, just fill the pots with the dirt stuff, make holes, drop seeds inside, pat down. I had to grab a spare pot from the garden because I had a bit too much dirt stuff, but other than that we were spot on.
All of the seeds were so tiny; I had to be careful that they didn’t get blown away, and that I only dropped one or two in each hole. I really hope I managed it ok. Although Mum told me afterwards that I’ll have to seperate them out if they’re too close, so that’s good – a contingency.
Even though I was very excited about my watering can acquisition I only showered them a tiny amount; according to Mum one of the worst things is over watering seeds.

So. There we are. Now I just wait for the magic to happen.

Grow little things, grow.



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