Mariann Started a Vegetable Garden How About You?

Posted on Aug 28 2009 - 5:30am by Mike Lieberman

I received an email from a reader this week, Mariann from Arizona. She’s planted some herbs and vegetables for the first time.

Since her 13 year old son was learning about planting and germinating at school, she saw it as a way for them to bond and share the experience.
They’ve planted tomatoes, cucumber, basil, oregano and sunflower seeds.

To me that’s just awesome.

In our correspondences with each other, Mariann had a lot of questions and expressed how nervous she was.

After some back and forth of questions and answers, she seemed much more comfortable and realized that nothing horrible was going to happen. The worst thing being a plant might not make it. If it didn’t she’d give it another go until the plant did make it.

So not only is she start growing her own vegetables, she’s found a way to bond with her son.

Mariann has started her vegetable garden, when are you starting yours?

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  • Crystal

    This is a great info site! I am from Cape Breton Nova Scotia Canada. I am starting my first vegetable garden. My father in law raised chickens and ducks for years. I have began digging up the soil around the coop. I have screened about 10 fish boxes of this soil, store bought garden soil and peat moss together, as well as compost.Seeds I have started in cut off soda bottles are starting to sprout. Well, lettuce, spinach and corn have…no sign of the tomatoes, cucumbers, beets or anything else. I think the frost killed them. I am waiting for mail order seeds. I have ordered turnip, purple carrots, red onions, romaine lettuce, peas, green beans, peppers etc.lol I'm going big. I have trouble with basil,and herbs. They never grow for me inside or out. I'll try to post some pics along my journey (if I figger out how).lol Thinking about making a mini green house out of an old clear blue plastic easy set pool and bent wood. Another comment I have : THE TOPST TURVEY…it really is just made from tarp material. Try using a store bought tarp, cut it in like a 16'' x 24'' strip, then cut a circle probably 6'' in diameter?.. sew it into a cylinder shape, use a cut off ice cream container to form the top rim, add some wire or strong string to hang it, cut out some holes the shape of an X along the sides, fill it with soil and stick in some nursery plants. I'm going to try it. Again, GREAT SITE! Thanks.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Wow that's awesome Crystal. If you are gonna go, might as well do it big. Sounds like you got lots goin on. I've never used the Topsy Turvy thing. Some people swear by it and others hate it.

    The most important thing is that you do something. It'll give you a whole new appreciation for food and when you grow your own it's very fulfilling. Have fun. Having fun is important as well.

    Keep me updated on your progress.