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04/23 Pinterest Pin(s) of the Week: Veggie Gardening

by Pennie on April 23, 2013

It’s been unseasonably chilly the past few days here in eastern NC.  But I still see signs of spring in the blooming azaleas (which are gorgeous now), in the uptick of the number of cars outside of businesses that carry gardening supplies, and in the noisy buzz of lawn mowers throughout the neighborhood.

Originally being from the SC Low Country area I don’t count myself as a real gardener.  It was so hot, humid and sunny all (long) summer long, that anything you threw in the ground would grow.  Prolifically.  When I moved to New England, it was a whole different story.  The summers were shorter, hot, but not hot enough for a good tomato, the air was drier and the ground was, well, different.  I really struggled to grow vegetables there.  I did, but they were never as good as those grown through a hot Carolina summer.

Here in NC, I’m further away from the coast, so less humid.  The soil is clay.  What the heck do you do with that?  And at this point my knees and back really don’t want to be too involved, so I’m still not much of a real gardener.  But this week I’ve gathered up a few gardening tips that either I hadn’t heard of, had heard of and wanted to pass along, or ideas that seemed interesting.

Let’s begin with some real information: How to Start a Vegetable Garden from Weekend Gardener.  The article has lots of good basic information for all beginners.  They are a little over-achieving for a beginner, because they talk about a 20 by 20 square foot plot.  If you are just starting out that is A LOT of space to setup and maintain.  I’d say start smaller, maybe a 4 by 4, if that!  And don’t forget that you may have to amend soil differently, depending on where you live.

And now for some tidbits and oddities…

Here are some different holders to start seedlings in that you can plant right in the ground.  From the Origami Club – a paper box:

From LeeField – the egg shell.

From an unknown source – citrus peels!

Here are some things you have around the house that you can use to enhance your soil.  From Paper Jewels:

From Mother Nature Network what to do with tea grounds:

From Girl On Bike Writes, here are some ideas about egg shells:

And here are a handful of items you can grow from the original food item.  Fun for kids and adults!

From Alternative Energy Gardening here are lemon leaves from lemon seeds:

Carrots from carrot tops – a first for many kids –  from  Gardening Know How:

From Dream State Inspiration, here is information on how to grow ginger from a piece of the root.

From 17 Apart how to regrow celery:

When you search for “gardening” on Pinterest prepare to be overwhelmed.  I know I was!  If you have some gardening/growing/planting tips, please share them with us.

 

 

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Julie Wood April 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Wow, there are so many neat ways to garden. I like the using an egg shell to grow seedlings or a citrus bowl. Really awesome ways to garden and grow your own veges. I always grow tomatoes every year!

2 Jessie C. April 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Love these fab pins, thanks for sharing

3 Lisa Schweizer April 24, 2013 at 4:05 am

Wow!! Thanks for the great article. I love the eggshell tip. I am not much of a green thumb and this really helps and I love the pins :)

4 Tammy S April 24, 2013 at 11:13 am

Cool pins. Who would have ever thought to use a citrus peel to start a plant in?

5 Darlene Jones-Nelson April 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

I am excited to see so many different ways to re grow and grow food! I Am going to try thr re grow thing with romaine lettuce, Its just like the celery re grow.

6 Yona April 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm

I’ve always wanted to make good use of my coffee grounds and used tea bags – the garden is the perfect place to start! Thanks for all the neat ideas.

7 dawn t April 25, 2013 at 10:05 am

Love these thanks!

8 natalie nichols April 30, 2013 at 11:15 am

These are some great ideas. I have always heard that coffee is good for your garden!

9 Crystal Gothe May 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm

These are some awesome ideas love them all

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