Toni Spilsbury garden

The One That Got Away

I started a tray of seeds indoors because, after all, it’s cheating to purchase grown garden plants, right?

Every day we watered and watched tomato and peppers seeds bloom into about 50 beautiful plants.  I was almost feeling like an expert.

Now, before you get too excited looking at this photo, know that every one of these vegetable plants died the day after we planted them into the garden… except one, which I named Nemo.

Indoor garden

Apparently I was supposed to let the plants “harden off” before transplanting them, so I basically shocked them to death.  I thought that for gardeners this must be similar to what a fisherman might feel when a big fish gets away.

Oh well, at least I got a photo first.

The good news is that we’re having a lot of fun in the garden this Spring.

Toni Spilsbury garden

I totally understand now why gardening is a hobby for so many people.  After spending a couple hours working in my garden today, I came inside feeling as light and crisp as a freshly picked snap pea.

Toni Spilsbury garden

It’s true that I don’t have the time to dedicate to making gardening an official hobby for me, but the short amount of time I can spend in my garden is so therapeutic.

Garden Strawberries Toni Spilsbury

The kids also love it.  I don’t know exactly what it is, but I have a sense of satisfaction when I can say “run out and water the herbs”, or “I need some thyme, go pick me some”.

Read more about my garden:

Seeds of Hope

A Bit of Earth

The Earth Is Generous To


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One Response to The One That Got Away

  1. Eva-lyn June 30, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Keep trying Toni. It's always worth while. I have tried many ways to start my garden. Starting from seed in the house, buying plants already started for me. I find that due to our short growing season, I like to plant plants already started for me. This year I did start quite a bit in the house but only a few things survived, hot peppers tomatoes and some flowers. Which I still have to plant in the garden. I like to start flowers on my own. For example, sunflowers, coneflowers and daisys. That's pretty much how I do it. Good luck with your garden and keep trying.

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