So master gardener mom comes in to save the day, replacing the topsoil with lightweight potting soil. Looks like it worked! Even though the first attempt was a fail, we have managed to grow a few things from seeds. My husband bought lettuce seedlings that were already a nice size. Half the red potatoes ended up coming up, my grandpa gave me some bean seeds to plant and those seemed to have sprouted overnight. We had herbs like sweet basil, oregano, cilantro and parsley growing from peat pellets inside and they transplanted outside nicely. Oh, and one small little chive plant that has about three sprouts to its stature:). So did the peppers, which we have a TON of. My poor tomatoes did not survive this year. Oh, and we have artichoke plants that are THRIVING! I actually had to look up how to harvest artichoke plants because i really had no clue what part you eat and what part you don't. Right now, there are just spikey leaves, but it should grow a stem up through the middle and right before it buds and becomes a flower, you chop that sucker right off and eat the flesh from the leaves and carve out the heart. It's actually quite an ordeal. Don't know if i'll be up to it, or even do it right. But they are growing, so i gotta give 'em some props!
|Sweet Basil, Artichoke|
|Lettuce, Potato, Beans, Peppers, Broccoli|
|They grow up so fast:)|
|The peat pellet project. How it all started.|
|A pre-watered pellet|
|Poor tomatoes did not make it, and the jury is still out on the watermelon:( You win some, you lose some, eh?|
|Starting from seedlings is hit-and-miss. But kinda fun to see what survives and what doesn't. You just never know.|