Beginning Our Garden

It seems like summer has hit us full force, what with the record high temperatures we’ve been having lately. (we got the kiddie pool out today and the air conditioning on at night) And it seems that my garden should already be planted so that I can relax out in the sun.

But such is not the case, and I’m getting a bit behind on starting my plants from seed.

My kids and I had a great time yesterday getting dirty and filling our mini greenhouses from Jiffy that I picked up from a local hardware/farm store about $4.00 each. I love that this year I found some that are reusable without buying those little pods for them! The clear covers allow for quicker germination, it keeps the dirt moist, and also keeps my house cats out of them.

And such a quick little chore turned into almost an hour of fun for my littles as they so carefully scooped the dirt into each container.



why yes......she does dress herself


Today I planted a full flat of seventy-two seeds, tomorrow I’ll at least one more full flat. (hopefully during afternoon quiet time so I can finish the job in under a few hours….)

I plan on a rather large garden this year and so far I have:

  • tomatoes (3 varieties)
  • peppers (5 varieties, some hot)
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • basil
  • lavender
  • chives
  • oregano
  • eggplant

Tomorrow will bring another large group of herbs and then many more will be sown directly into the soil in May.

What are you planting this year? What are your “must haves”?

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Donielle is a natural momma of two, lover of real foods, and owner and editor of Grand Rapids Natural Living and Naturally Knocked Up. You can usually find her in the kitchen whipping up some nourishing foods, cuddled on the couch reading books to the littles, avoiding the laundry and Mt. Saint Dishes, or tapping away on the laptop. Her husband puts up with her sometimes crazy "hippie" ways, but loves her regardless. Welcome to my home away from home.


  1. We’re planning a small container garden on our balcony: basil, tomatoes, mint and lettuce. I’d love more variety but we only just have the balcony! Your goals sound great.

  2. I haven’t decided yet, but I am getting some new beds put in.