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Last week, I put up a chart with measurements of the plants growing in my garden.  I measured again this week, and there is quite a big difference.  I am really starting to get excited, as things have really taken off.  I have a few new tomatoes, and the plants have grown by leaps and bounds.

We also found three strawberry plants and a red pepper plant at Price Chopper for $1 each.  What a deal!  I planted them on Sunday, and am hoping it’s not too late for them to produce this summer.  Time will tell.

Here are the charts for last week and this week.  Look at the difference!

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Last year, I planted some seeds in a starter kit inside the house to see if I could grow some flowers and veggies.  I managed to grow some stuff, but never got around to transplanting them outside and they got too big for the small containers they were in.  The roots couldn’t go any farther and ended up dying.  Not so good on my part.

This year, I decided to try again.  This time, I was going to start the seeds outside and hope for the best.  I planted some radishes, green peppers, basil and parsley in a small strip around the outside of the pool fence.  I got the seeds at Walmart for a few bucks, so if they didn’t grow, I wasn’t out much.

After a few weeks, I started to see little green sprouts.  Cool!  I had always wanted to have a garden, but didn’t know if I had a green thumb or not.  I went to Home Depot and got some green coated chicken wire to keep the animals out.  After a few weeks, the radishes were starting to grow big leaves.  I was pretty excited.

When I planted the plants in the ground, I also planted some of the seeds in pots.  The potted plants were slow to start, but they took off a little while later.  The parsley is really growing well.  I was pretty excited by these results.  I was so excited that I decided to start a bigger garden.  I was a little scared it would not work, but you never know until you try, right?

I decided where I wanted to put the garden and measured out what I thought would be a good size.  I went back to Home Depot and got two 12′ 2x10s, 2 8′ 2x10s and 2 8′ 4x4s.  Or, so I thought.  I brought them home and stained them to make them look nice.  In the meantime I had begun removing the grass in the area I wanted to put the box.  It was tough work, as I don’t have a roto tiller and had to do it all with a shovel and a pitch fork.  That was not a lot of fun, but I got it done.

We had gone to Hewitts and Gade Farm before this to pick up some tomato plants and a few other veggie plants.  Along with the tomatoes, we also got zucchini, sweet peppers and green peppers.  At a tag sale two weekends ago, we picked up six grape tomato plants for a buck.  What a deal!

After all the dirt removal and shoveling, I put the framework for the garden together.  When I got it out by the garden area, I made a startling discovery.  The 2x12s were actually 2x14s.  And the 2x8s were actually 2x10s.  Crap, more digging.  I guess I have plenty of room for the plants.  I might even need more.  Thanks Home Depot for incorrectly labeling your products.

After I got the box in place and leveled out, I planted the veggies and put up the fence to keep the animals out.  Now, we wait and see what happens.  I hope to have an abundance of tomatoes in a month or two.  Here’s what I built.  I am not mechanically inclined in the least bit, so this is an accomplishment for me.

In a lame attempt at humor, I came up with the title to this blog.  You see, I am on day two of a terrible migraine.  I get them a few times a week.  I get them so frequently that I have learned to cope with them and carry on with my daily activities.  It is not fun, but life must go on.  Usually, my prescription Maxalt will get rid of them within an hour or two, but for some reason, this one keeps hanging on.

In other news, my seeds that I planted a few weeks ago are starting to pop up through the soil.  I went out to check on them today after a few days of strong sunlight and some heavy rain last night, and I was quite pleased with what I saw.  The radishes are popping up nicely and even the basil and parsley are showing signs of life.  I also planted a bunch of flowers that seem to be coming to life.  In a few weeks, I should have some flowers (or at least buds) to take pictures of. Here is a picture of the area where the wild flower mix was planted.  Pretty exciting!

I am pretty excited, as I wanted to do this last year and never got around to it.  I planted a bunch of seeds inside in a starter greenhouse and never got them outside, so they didn’t do so well.  This year I decided to plant them outside and kept it small just in case I am not the green thumb type.  Time will tell.  I did fashion a ‘cage’ around the area wear the veggies are planted, in hopes of keeping critters from eating them.

How about you?  Did you plant anything this year?  If yes, what did you plant?  Do you have tips for beginners?

See ya soon!