Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cooking, Crafting, and Cropping with Cocktails? Hmmm...

I guess we'll have to call it Cooking, Crafting, and Cropping with Cocktails. Or perhaps just Amanda and Megan drink and do cool things.

Well, as part of my spring resolution to eat healthier, I've started a tiny container garden on my tiny back deck, with the added fun of pumpkins in the front yard (don't tell my landlord this).

This past weekend I invited my handy father to drive to Louisville to construct my garden while my mom and I shopped. It was a great plan and he fell hook, line, and sinker. We started out at the Home Depot and purchased some seeds, pots, dirt, screws, twine, and some tools that he was sure he needed and constructed this beauty!

I have lettuce, basil, rosemary, sage, parsley, peas, green beans, okra, tomatoes, and peppers. So far I've only planted up to the peas in that list. Just 5 days later and I've got sprouts! I feel like I've birthed my first child (it's obvious I have none, nor the intention of having any). I'm just that excited to see their new faces.

For their first debut, my peas.

And the little lettuces. How cute are they? Of course the next step is thinning the lettuce out, which will make me severely sad. What if I pluck the wrong ones?

And last but not least, the herbs. I bought these as plants so I could begin using them asap.

If you too would like to start a garden, or just pretend to share mine if your Megan, I suggest you check out the book "The Bountiful Container" by Rose Marie Nichols McGee and Maggie Stuckey. It's packed full of tips and tricks of the trade.