What’s Growing On? Cody Catherine Week #1

on March 9, 2016

Hey GreenStalk gardeners! My sister, Ashley, and I are starting a new blog series about what we are growing in our GreenStalks this spring. We will show you our successes and failures and share some helpful tips on growing vertically with the GreenStalk system.

We are both somewhat new to gardening (we don’t have 40+ years of experience like our dad!) so we appreciate any tips, tricks, or advice that you have to share with us and with your fellow GreenStalk gardeners. Feel free to comment often on these posts!

Here’s some pictures right after I planted. You’ll notice I planted a lot of lettuce and a couple of other plants. I’m not planning on using all of these plants but am going to take some to the office, give some to my sisters, etc. So don’t be alarmed by the quantity!

Starting Seeds:

I have grown from seed and starter plants before, but have never started my seeds indoors. This year, I wanted to get a head start on the season (plus I was impatient…) so I decided to give it a try! I planted my seeds on February 27th and was so excited to see that nearly all of my seeds had sprouted within a week. And all but one plant (lavender) sprouted within 2.5 weeks. Here’s a list of everything I’m starting indoors:

Dragons Egg Cucumber, Snapdragon Flowers, Olga Lettuce, Shallots, Optima Lettuce, Green Onions, Watercress, Broccoli, Arugula, Kohlrabi, 2 varieties of Basil, Thyme, Tomatoes (container variety), Oregano, Lemon Balm, Lavender, Rosemary, Cilantro

My goal this growing season is to save money on my husband and I’s grocery bill. I hate paying insanely high prices for herbs and lettuce at the grocery store when they are so easy to grow!

I am planning to have 4 five tier GreenStalks which gives me 120 planting pockets. I am going to stagger some of my planting (especially with the lettuce) which will give me a continual harvest and optimal grocery savings.

In addition to the list above I also plan on growing green beans. If you have never grown green beans, you are missing out! They are my favorite plant to grow from seed because they grow so quickly – which is great for impatient gardeners like me and also kids!

Peppers are a popular crop to grow in the GreenStalk, but my husband and I don’t like peppers so those won’t be included in my garden. We grow them every season at our office so you can check that blog for updates on peppers!

Gardening Mistake/Tip:

I was impatient (as previously mentioned) and didn’t water my soil before planting. Big mistake! I used a Miracle Grow seed starting potting mix variety and it of course was lightweight and not the least bit damp when I started sowing my seeds. The problem came when I went to water them immediately after planting… I basically displaced the seed that I just sowed.

Don’t do that, water your soil before planting – it’s so much easier!

Thanks for reading this week’s Gardening Update on “What’s Growing on” Check back next week for an update on my home garden!

Happy Gardening!

Cody Catherine Thomas


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