Cultivating a Green Thumb

Happy Feel Good Friday, y’all!

This gorgeous spring weather is bringing me out of the funk that I was in. I’ve learned since my last post (with the help of your comments, thank you!) that even if I seem to be going no where right now, I’m making small steps in many directions. I’m planting the seeds in many areas of my life, and sometimes I just need some patience to allow them to grow and bloom.

Speaking of seeds and growing, we have started growing our vegetable garden this week! Yes, it’s adding one more thing to my sometimes overflowing plate of commitments, but it’s another step in the direction of healthy living for my family, so it is worth it. Not only is growing a garden as a family fun, but it’s educational and gives us some quality bonding time. There are so many benefits in the process of growing a garden that the end result of being able to eat homegrown fruit and veggies is just a big bonus!

This is our second year of attempting to grow a full garden. Though I’ve grown tomatoes and flowers before, our first attempt at a vegetable garden as a family was last year. Although it started out well, May was hot and dry. When it came time to start transferring the three inch tall sprouts outside, we were supposed to leave the plants out during the day and bring them in at night. We had their spot in the yard tilled up and ready for them to be planted in the yard, once they had completed their transition period. However, one Monday morning we left them outside when went to work, but we didn’t come home until three days later! That was when my little one was unexpectedly born! By the time we came home from the hospital, the little green sprouts were dried up and brown. It was a huge bummer, but in hindsight, having to take care of a newborn and learn about the complex disease of cystic fibrosis that he was born with, it would have been stressful to take care of the plants on top of it all last summer anyway.

This year, we are excited to start fresh, and I want to share our gardening experience with you all. I have a feeling that many of you will give me many more helpful tips than I can give you, but that’s one of the best things about blogging for me is not what I can teach you, but what you can teach me. So if you see something we should or shouldn’t be doing along the way in my garden updates, please don’t skimp out on the advice! And if you’ve never grown a garden before, then we are technically in the same boat, and we can float along together!

Close Families Garden 2013: The Beginning
We began with a plan. We decided what we wanted to grow (what we like to eat), bought the supplies, and researched when and how to plant each type of plant. Some required starting them indoors eight weeks before planting them outdoors, some at six weeks, some at four weeks, and some directly outdoors. So I made a list of what and when to plant.


Next we planted the first group of plants. My six-year-old helped a lot with this, and although getting the soil moist enough and using a pencil to make a little hole for each seed was time consuming and messy, we had fun! I let him use a spoon to dump the soil in, help pour the water on the soil, use a pencil to mix the soil with the water and make the hole, and then dropped two seeds in each section. Then we covered the seeds lightly with more soil and sprayed it thoroughly. This first group is broccoli, green peppers, onions, banana peppers, and jalapeรฑo peppers. I used blue painter’s tape and permanent marker in front of each row so that I know which row has which type of plant.


All that’s left to do after the planting (besides cleaning up a big mess!) is to keep the soil moist. We use a spray bottle of room temperature water to spray them lightly once or twice a day as needed. If they get too dry, the seeds won’t start growing so remember to water them!


Just five days after planting, we have tiny little broccoli sprouts popping through the soil! Beautiful!


I also sing and talk to the plants, which my husband thinks is strange, but he plays along anyway. God love him. ๐Ÿ˜‰

After we plant the second group in another week, I will give you another garden update and hopefully we will have a lot more green things growing!

Happy Friday!


5 Comments on “Cultivating a Green Thumb”

  1. Beautiful! Love what you are doing here; a vegetable garden! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure it will look great soon and you have done your research! (but patience is required) ha!ha! ๐Ÿ™‚ You know, it’s not strange talking to the plants, ever since I’m a kid, my parents have done it and their plants were always beautiful, I used to find them weird too but now I do it and my plants are beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you are having a great Easter weekend with your family! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Laura says:

      I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend as well!
      I’ve heard that talking to your plants really does benefit them, so I thought it’s worth a shot!! My husband plays along now too, but he says things to them like, “Grow nice and big and juicy so we can eat you all up!”….. which I’m not sure they appreciate!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lol!!

  2. SnapInTime says:

    Yay for gardens! We just started our indoor stuff in the last week as well- more to go, but we’ve started, and the first of the peppers and tomatoes have sprouted. ๐Ÿ™‚ We will have sweet peppers, jalapeรฑos, tomatoes, peas, beans, carrots, and my son has taken it into his head to try and grow watermelons too. I am dubious about them, but we’ll try! Zinnias are also sprouting in their little cups and I have lots more flowers to start as well. Have fun!!! I started flower gardening when the kids were preschoolers and it was so much fun (therapeutic for me, too) and the kids learned a lot. (E’s teachers were astonished at the rate she started achieving her motor skill goals on her IEP, too!) Then about 5yrs ago we gradually started with different veggies. The kids most definitely want to eat what they grow, too.

    • Laura says:

      That’s wonderful! My son was just shocked at what some of the seeds look like… “The broccoli seeds are tiny and spiky, but the corn seeds look like a piece of corn that’s gotten dried up!” It’s going to be a fun experience, I think! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for the encouragement!

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