Putting all my (gardening) eggs in one basket

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Here's the planting journal I made for this spring. It has my weekly seed planting schedule to help me stay organized.

I can never buy enough plants. No matter how many I have, both in the house and the yard, I always want more. This obsession with wanting more and more flowers for my yard can get pricey.

So this year I am determined to learn how to successfully grow the plants I want for my yard from seeds.

I tried it last year and it was actually a dismal failure.

Except however, for about three plants that took root and were beautiful all summer. They were strong enough, and unique enough, to motivate me to give it another try.

So this year, I put my entire garden budget–along with some birthday money I have been saving–into buying some things that I hope will help my luck in getting my seeds to turn into strong, flowering plants.

After some research, I decided to buy two small greenhouses and a grow light. This should help my seedlings get the light they need so that they live and make it into the this year.

I planted the first round of seeds last Saturday, and it looks like just about all of them have already sprouted ! What a fun thing it’s been this week to watch the progress of these seeds turn into tiny plants.

Even if they don’t make it to my yard, I suppose I will have enjoyed the process to make it worth the effort.

Below is a slideshow of some of the spring planting I’ve been up to. AND… a couple of photos showing the buds on our Pear Tree! It’s only February, but with all the warm weather we’ve had this month, the flowers are about to pop out any day now.

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So if you drive past our house at 10pm and wonder why it looks like my entire studio is lit-up like an aquarium — now you know why– I’m hatching plants under my grow light!

One more thing that makes me happy… I’m growing “Gloriosa Daisy Prairie Sun” (Rudbeckia hirta Prairie Sun), which is the same flower found shown in my painting below called “rudbeckia!” The seeds have actually germinated! If they all live, I’ll have to figure out what to do with 25 of these plants… but that will be a good problem to have. 🙂

RUDBECKIA • 30 inches x 40 inches

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