Gardening Fun: My Soon To Be Garden

February 25, 2010

Yes, it may not look like much all covered in snow and dog footprints but this picture will soon (hopefully) turn into an array of beautiful flowers and an abundance of veggies for us.

When I first met Teresa, she was a reader of mine who always sent me her fabulous deal findings. One day I told her that she really should start a blog of her own, as she had this great knack for finding deals. Well, she now has her own blog home at Money Saving Maine-iac. And I’m sooo glad that she took my advice because I always enjoy reading her stories and tips. She has this amazing way of making the outdoors a huge part of her family’s life. I asked her a few months ago if she’d consider taking a newbie under her wing and teaching her the ropes of gardening and she was quick to welcome me in with open arms.

I’m definitely no expert on the subject of gardening. My yard is full of clay soil, to the point that I could take a shovel to our yard and the kids and I could sit and make clay figures on a warm, sunny day! So I know I have quite a bit of work cut out for me. But I’m excited about it and I’ve decided that this is the year it’s going to happen. As a Cubs fan, I’m used to saying, “Maybe Next Year” but that all ends when it comes to the idea of having a bountiful garden.

I’ve mostly just dabbled in tomato plants up to this point, but I did have some luck with jalapeno plants last year. And that’s where most of my luck ended! So Teresa and I are hoping to get a little gardening segment up each Thursday sharing our experiences and all those little gardening things we are enjoying throughout the year.

Teresa found a Hardiness Zone Finder for determining which zone you are in simply by inputting your zipcode. I’m in Zone 5A, as is she! Even just this little bit of information is helpful when it comes to picking out your plants and flowers.  It will help you find the ones that have a better success rate of growing and flourishing.

I haven’t decided what all will be in my garden yet, but I do know I’m going to try some seeds this year. I think this will be a fun little activity for me to do with the kids. And with my son’s help, we’ll have a better chance of remembering to water them, as it will be on our daily tasks list.

I’m hoping you’ll enjoy our segments and hopefully, like me, you’ll learn a lot as we go along.

(If you are looking for a fun series to read, check out Teresa’s “Yucky Stuff is the Lucky Stuff.” It’s my fave!)

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Deb February 25, 2010 at 6:44 pm

You might want to look into raised beds for your garden. Our soil is mostly clay based also, and that’s what most of the local experts recommend. :)

2 Chelle February 25, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Omigosh what an awesome idea. I have had a garden as long as I can remember. Now my husband get into it too. Have you heard of Veggie Trader? It’s a great free community that you can ‘trade’ or sell your excess produce/seeds/plants/garden supplies/etc. It’s like Craigslist for veggies :) It’s rather new and more popular near bigger cities. I have just been getting into the gardening spirit. I am planning on planting seeds pretty soon. Maybe we can bounce our ideas off of eachother.

3 Christina ODonald February 25, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I am so glad that you posted this! I, too, am going to attempt vegetable garden for some quality family time and a way to save even more on the grocery bill. I am looking for any and all tips and I appreciate the hardiness map.
Thanks for the information!

4 Michelle Harris February 26, 2010 at 6:43 am

Thanks so much for doing this! I am on the same bandwagon and got a subscription to Mother Earth News which is FABULOUS for this. I am hoping as part of our 5 year plan that we in a place with more land and can live more sustainably. I guess we all should be posting pictures then!

I appreciate all you do. It has made my life far more easy with you in it…:)

5 Kaytea Petro February 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm

So glad to hear you’re getting into gardening. Don’t forget about the wonders of composting and vermiliculture to help with the clay problem.

I also wanted to let you know about Neighborhood Fruit (, a service that helps people find and share produce within their communities (for when your zucchini harvest gets out of control). There also is an iPhone app, Find Fruit, that helps people find fruits on public lands.

Happy Gardening!

6 Drew Sebald July 26, 2010 at 11:45 am

I admit, I’ve not been on this site in a long time. still it was yet another pleasure to see your fantastic articles.

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