April Record High Temperatures Bring
But honestly, I'm not really ahead of schedule. I usually start my seedlings every April 15 (Tax Day) and transplant them outside around Memorial Day. Makes for easy remembering when to do it.
This year I didn't use my normal empty yogurt containers for my seedlings. Truth is we just didn't eat that much yogurt this winter. Instead I made those little planters out of newspaper that you mold around something cylindrical*. We'll see how that works out.
I'm a little apprehensive because they dry out faster than the yogurt containers, obviously. So I've been watering them twice a day instead of once to keep them moist--not saturated.
I did, however start setting up the empty pots with their dirt outside early this year.
I blame Basement Neighbor for my eagerness. (And to clarify, I like Basement Neighbor. He's a nice guy. He's not always trying to pry into our lives like certain neighbors above us.)
But before I show you why I blame him, we have to look at some past pictures of my Pot Garden in our backyard.
Here's the start of my pot garden in 2010, the first year we were at our post-Squirrel Gables apartment:
Just some pots on the ground...nothing fancy.
Last year, in 2011, Basement Neighbor made me a little bench to get my pots off the ground--nothing fancy.
But it was nice.
Last year I also had to haul a bunch of cinder blocks we used to have helping support our bed outside due to the Great Yicky Icky Infestation of 2011. Those I stacked up and had a few pots resting on.
This year, Basement Neighbor went all out!
He took the cinder blocks we had out there, painted them, added some more boards and some levels to the stand and some pea gravel underneath--it looks amazing!
I've got all my regular pots set up and the stand at the right in the picture (with the boys' clamshells) will be where I put my big three pots--one for my potatoes, one for cucumber pickles, and one for pumpkins.
And yes, you read that right.
That's Chunky's memorial plaque for his shrimp, Buba. (Pronounced the same if he spelled it like the traditional "Bubba") that passed away after living in his fish tank.
Anyway, if you've made it this far, here's the list of what I'll be growing in my 2012 pot garden if everything goes according to plan:
Cucumbers (pickle variety)
Beans (actually that's Chunky growing beans)
Forget Me Nots
And probably some kind of flowers and herbs that Chunky will pick out for me when his school does their annual herb and plant fundraiser in a few weeks.
Aside from the sweltering hot temperatures and sweating from places I didn't know I had--I can't wait for this growing season!!!
* I found the idea to do the seed pots this way on Pinterest. What a great timesuck! I don't mind it so much right now, as I'm on maternity leave and it makes for some easy one-handed browsing while I feed Baby Sister. If you're on there and don't follow me, look me up! I'd love to see what you're digging too.
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