Garden fever has struck at Chow Bella and we are jumping on the grow-your-own-food bandwagon.
Starting this week, I will be documenting the trials and tribulations of turning my rundown backyard into a little farm, right in the middle of the city.
This is my first ever attempt at a garden and to be honest I don't have the greenest thumb. My specialty has always been killing cactus, not growing vegetables. Yet the thought of a food-producing garden was extremely attractive and thus the little farm was born.
See what's growing after the jump...
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Almost everything in the garden was started by seed. Red, Jalapeno, Habanero, and Manzano peppers were all started from seeds taken straight out of the vegetable. Also started from seed: summer squash, zucchini, okra, radish, four different types of lettuce, and cucumber. Here are some early pictures of the seedlings. I started them all with standard potting soil in red plastic cups.
That will never happen again. If you are starting a garden, don't be cheap about it. Spend the money on a seed starting kit. At $5 a pop, it's worth every penny.
I used the Jiffy Professional Greenhouse Kit to start the cucumbers and some of the peppers. The seedlings were up after only 4 days and the plants seem to be doing a 100 times better then everything else..
Check back next week for when we really get gardening with a 20 x 20 plot of sweet corn!