This will be the first year in a good ten years that we won't have an actual garden...
I'm so sad that we had to leave our Backyard Botanical Oasis (pictured below) behind when we moved. It provided us with a bountiful harvest year after year with minimal weeding and little hands-on watering, thanks to my handy husband who ran water lines underground to feed the soaker hose.
We'll definitely be purchasing another, but it's just not in the cards this year. So instead we're giving container gardening a try (in addition to purchasing another CSA share)!
Seeds of Change provided me with a sampling of organic seeds to get our containers started. I chose Mini Purplette Onions, Chadwick Cherry Tomatoes, and Zefa Fino Fennel (mmm, can't wait for the fennel!), which we planted to start our seedlings yesterday. I also selected the Mesclun Salad Mix and Arugula which we'll sow directly in containers in May.
One of my favorite features of their seeds is the Ziploc-style package that they come in. It makes saving them for a second planting super convenient.
My two youngest had a fine time playing in the muddy containers and helping me plant the seeds. They can't wait for our seedlings to sprout!
We also planted a Seeds of Change Herb Garden Starter Kit. Fresh basil and cilantro? Yum -- yes, please!
Addie and Drew were pretty proud of their handiwork -- although Drew was being a real stinker about getting his picture taken.
If you're not familiar with Seeds of Change, in addition to being the country’s oldest organic seed provider, they're also very active in community programs and donate 1% of their net sales to support and develop sustainable community based gardening programs. Their latest mission is the "Sowing Millions, Growing Minds" initiative in which they will be awarding schools (grades K-8) nationwide 25 million organic seeds to support and encourage sowing and growing organic gardens.
Look for the Seeds of Change display at your local Walmart, and you'll also find valuable money-saving coupons in the latest issue of All You magazine.
Have you ever planted a container garden versus a traditional garden? Just wondering if there are any major differences I should be aware of...