Garden Plans

My plan was to not purchase any plants, but rather start them all from seed. I started the seeds in my metal seed starter tray and placed them into a heat mat near a south-facing window. Some of the little buggers grew, but not very fast and they are still quite tiny. I could possibly still plant seeds, but we don’t have the longest growing season here. I’m technically zone 7a, most of the areas around me are 6a or 6b.

I went to Cliff’s Country Market to get hella vegetables because that’s all I’m craving in this heat wave, and they had these beautiful organic starts for sale. I’m not an expert grower, so I suppose I just need to keep trying or putting more effort into my seed starts.

For now though, I’ll be ok that I purchased some plastic pots and more plastic labels in order to have my vegetable garden growing beautifully. Also, I realize I could get veggies at the farmer’s markets but it’s in my genes to grow plants.

My boxes would be sad without an abundance of vegetables. Yes, they are in the front yard because we have an unusually wide “hellstrip” due to our narrow street.

I already have garlic growing and some volunteer mustard greens and arugula. I made a yummy dish using mustard greens and spinach from the garden! I’ll put that up soon.

In my back yard I have smaller boxes where I have planted more cooler season vegetables and I’m planting potatoes as well. This is Idaho after all!

Anyone else starting a garden? Already started? Do you have any seed starting tips?

Peace and love,



A Few Snapshots of My Garden






From top to bottom: cantaloupe, tesuque chilies, green bush beans, a withering uchiki kuri squash (too many squash bugs this year) plus a watermelon, and scarlet runner beans and cucumbers, trellised.

My garden is in my front yard. We really have two front yards, separated by the sidewalk and about two feet of elevation. My husband put in four 6 x 6 garden beds he built by hand. They are beautiful, but there is so much vegetation, I cannot get a good photo of them at this point in the season. We purchased really beautiful and healthy garden soil which was a 70 / 30 mixture of topsoil and compost. It was delivered to our house for a fee, which I gladly paid. I am thrilled with my garden now, which is tremendously easy to weed and water. I let it go pretty wild and also crowded plants a bit too much, but am still extremely satisfied with what we have. Instead of buying any compost in plastic, we took old curbside recycling tubs and asked a local gardening center to dump compost into those. It worked pretty well! They were so heavy, though.

I’m looking forward to planting my favorite crop, garlic, very soon. I also plan to not buy any plants at all next season, rather starting everything from seed. Fingers crossed it works!

Peace and love,