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Getting down and dirty… Confessions of a novice gardener

Coming from a country where everything is lush and green all year round, and the gardens always look good without much toil, I never thought that gardening will be my thing. Well, I do love nature and flowers, but to actually grow them and take care of them, I wasn’t sure.

But here in Canada where everything green goes to sleep half the year, i have found a new fascination to plants and gardening. And working for a gardening magazine has helped (a lot) to feed my new passion.

I started with indoor tropical plants back when I still lived in a building apartment. But now that I actually have a garden, I can’t wait to get down and dirty and plant all those beautiful flowers I’ve started from seed and are now thriving in a greenhouse at T & T Seeds (a garden centre here in Manitoba).

And because it’s a new house and we purchased it in Winter, we didn’t really see what was growing in the garden since everything looked dead and white. So part of the wonder and surprise is seeing all the new sprouts and finding out what they are.

Here are photos of the garden I’ve taken back in early April, when sprouts were just starting to show their eager heads through the soil, and photos I’ve taken today while playing in the dirt.

A lily poking its head through the soil (Photo taken April 4)
Peonies eager to show their big heads (Photo taken April 4)
The Peonies taken a week after (April 11). How fast they’ve grown
Taken April 23. The Peonies have grown quite a bit
Can’t wait to see what color my lilies are
The front yard planter with the lilies taken this morning
Planter where the peonies are
My garden “bling bling”
The greenhouse now firmly tied to the fence
The seed trays with all the different seeds in them. May the best seed win.

Update on my mini greenhouse

This just in… the seeds I planted yesterday are GONE!

Yes, you read it right. They are now just a sweet memory, born out of a dream for my own herb garden.

So sad. After I made sure that the greenhouse would be able to stand to the elements. It stood through rain and heavy winds for a week. I thought that was enough test that I confidently toiled under the hot sun (but cold wind) to carefully plant my seeds that will be housed in the greenhouse.

I checked on my progress this morning, and the greenhouse standing proud, showed me that all is good. But somebody turned the fan on high here in Winnipeg. Then I heard it, a really faint “thunk” from outside. The greenhouse lost its battle to the wind and toppled over, bringing the seed trays with it, as well as all my blood, sweat and tears.

I have 3 vegetables, 3 herbs and 2 flower seeds all mixed up in 4 trays like this

I couldn’t bear to look at all my hard work gone to waste. Lettuce seeds, cucumber seeds, cilantro and parsley all mixed together in a pile of soil. I tried to save them, scooping all the soil, and hopefully all the seeds with it, and placed them in  undivided seed trays. It’s a crazy thought, but hopefully some of them survive. My only problem is, I won’t be able to identify which is which if they do sprout.

Wish me luck, i sure need it.