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This past weekend I finally got around to starting my seeds for our garden this year. It was a few weeks later than I would have liked, but I think we should be okay when it comes to planting time later in the Spring.

As long as we’ve been married, Babyface and I have been gardening. We started at our first apartment with a few containers with tomatoes and peppers and have grown (pun intended) to a pretty massive undertaking!

In past years, we’ve devoted portions of our small patio (we’re still in an apartment) to flower gardens, but this year, we’ve made the decision to only do edible landscaping. We even plan on having 6 hanging baskets that contain various trailing veggies! Space is at a premium and I want to grow as much food with our 20′ x 11′ outdoor space as possible.

This year, we plan on growing :

  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes (5 different varieties)
  • Butternut Squash
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini
  • Bell Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Green Beans
  • Snap Peas
  • Green Onions

Most of these we’ve grown before, but a few are first-timers. It’ll be interesting to see how the newbies acclimate to our small space.

This is one of the most exciting times of year, because even though it snowed this weekend, it means that planting our garden is only a few weeks away:

And a few weeks after that, we’ve got this:

And a few weeks after that, this:

Come ‘on little seeds! Work your magic!

Are you planning a garden this summer? If so, what will be your crop?

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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22 Responses
  1. Lindsay

    Would love to have more details on how to grow a garden. Do you use a grow light? Also, where do you keep your seeds? Can you recommend a book or website that would help us? My husband and I live in a townhome and we don’t have a backyard, but we do have a patio that we could use potted plants. Any help of advice would be appreciated! Thank you!

  2. Moober

    Our townhome association doesn’t let us grow anything outside (they even made people remove those upside-down tomato baskets last year), so nothing this year. Next year, however, we’ll be in our new house, and my neighbor is awesome at gardening so I’ve promised her she can grow whatever she wants (as long as she comes over to take care of it)!

  3. I want to be your neighbor and steal your vegetables at night.

    okay. that’s mean. i don’t live in a place possible for a garden and am also way too lazy/bad at growing things to have a garden. But. I wish I had a garden that i never had to take care of and could just eat food out of all the time. it’s totally awesome that you guys do this.

    and I promise I won’t come by and steal your vegetables at night.

    1. Hahaha! We normally have enough that you don’t need to steal, we’ll just give some to you!

      Do you have any sort of outdoor space at all? Growing tomatoes in containers is superbly easy! And if you have a sunny window you can always grow herbs! My basil plant is a houseplant that I LOVE.

  4. I am so ready to get out and get gardening again. Like you, I grow a lot in pots…I live in a town house…I’m really lucky with how mine’s laid out…the back patio and little yard are situated perfectly for gardening. I haven’t started my seeds yet, but that’s my mission for this weekend!

  5. Kim

    I am sticking to the basics this year, just a few tomatos, peppers, cucumbers, etc. Since moving from Wisconsin to Montana I’ve had a hard time adjusting to the difference in soil and the dry air. Last years garden was a flop, hoping for a much better go around this year. Herbs I am thinking of just growing in pots in doors, maybe moving outdoors depending on weather……. Good luck with your garden 🙂

  6. You go girl! I’m so ready for fresh veggies I can almost taste em’! I’ve actually given up on salads right now because they just don’t have any taste!
    We are very lucky to have a big yard and years ago before we moved in, the then-owner put in a raised vegetable garden and it’s BIG! We will plants lots of tomatoes, cukes, peppers, basil, garlic is already in, onions and I’d like to try some potatoes. We do squash and zuchini as well! Can’t wait! Makes my mouth water just thinkin about those maters!
    Thanks for asking!

  7. Jocelyne

    I am lucky to own a home, and behind the garage was a perfect garden that was jam-packed with rose bushes. I am not a rose bush lover, and turned the area back to its original purpose–a veg garden. I also grow my plants from seeds and this year will be growing 5 kinds of tomatoes, tomatillos, 3 kinds of zucchini, leeks, swiss chard, various lettuces and spinach, cucumbers, radishes, lots of peppers (hot and sweet), red onions, a few kinds of peas and green beans, and whatever else I can cram in there. There also will be a ton of herbs. I learn a little more every year and really look forward to it. I also can never get over how ACCOMPLISHED I feel when I barely have to purchase any produce in the summer months.

      1. Jocelyne

        I only grew them for the first time last year, and they were pretty easy to grow (but then, we had a very hot summer and had to water a ton). I am working towards a primarily Mexican diet (a la Rick Bayless whom I love who advocates that real Mexican food is very healthy and nutritious–and yummy!) so I need to grow them myself as I have never found any for sale in the city I live. I think I have to give them more space this year–they were a little choked out last year by the nineteen (!!!) tomato plants I grew. My problem with growing from seed is even if way too many seedlings become viable, I want to plant them all instead of discarding them, since I had already nurtured them for months. But then I end up doing each plant a disservice as there isn’t enough room for them to flourish. Learning a little more every year…

        1. Give your seedilngs away! We’re currently saving yogurt cups so we can pot up seedlings and donate them to friends and family that didn’t get a chance to start their own seeds. That way you still know they are going to a good home, but won’t crowd your garden. 🙂

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