Monday, March 9, 2009

Broccoli Sprouts

This picture signifies several accomplishments all in one. Dave and I are starting a vegetable garden. We discovered this concept called Square Foot Gardening which is a raised bed, 4x4 ft garden allowing for 16 different vegetables (or fruit or flowers) to be grown. The idea is, with the raised bed, the ingredients to be filled into the raised bed are ideal for organic vegetable growing. It seems idiot-proof, with directions how to mix the soil ingredients, build the box, even a cover to prevent wildlife from eating the veggies, and how to grown what.

So we've decided on what we'll grow: broccoli, onions, strawberries, sugar snap peas, strawberries, zucchini, beans. We'll also do tomatoes, but not in the square foot garden. The biggest hiccup is figuring out when the Last Spring Frost (LSF) is. All the planting directions are from the last spring frost. So we research that date and then talk to my parents who inform us it's much later. Anyway, we choose the last weekend in May to be a safe date. So broccoli (see photo) needs to be planted 12 weeks before the last spring frost. They sprouted up lovely and are so tall and cute! The sprouts are FUN and we're so happy something has grown. Looking forward to onions in a few weeks...

But what is more exciting is evidence that I have a new camera and it's hooked up to the computer. Yay! We also finally hooked up our Christmas gift (a printer) and it creates AMAZING photos. I can't believe it. I'm ashamed to admit we just hooked the printer up, but we've gone for years without a printer and now I feel incredibly luxurious. After 2 trips to Office Depot to get the right wire (did you know printers don't come with the connection wire thing?) it's up and running and the capabilities are awesome. Thank you Suz and Geoff!

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