Lazy Gardening or a Genius Solution?
My earliest memories of gardening were watching my three older brothers and sister manage, sort of, a plot of soil where my mom diligently planted food for our family. We had to walk down the street, past the Elmhurst Dairy store where I would much rather stop, and along the road another quarter mile to the garden. I think I remember images of dirt being flung between the brothers and my sister yelling at them to knock it off.
Despite our best efforts to derail mom’s plans, food from gardening was an important resource for our family. Eventually the garden location flooded. Mom used every nook and cranny of the spaces around our small yard to plant various vegetables and flowers. Twenty ounce apples from the local market were transformed into delicious applesauce, and the kitchen turned into a canning factory at harvest time. I never embraced learning the processes but I sure enjoyed the results.
The home my husband and I have lived in since 2010 came with many perennials. There was also a large garden plot. We attempted gardening the first year, until a detour through cancer over the next three years derailed any desire to put the effort into caring for a garden.
This year, 2022, I have been more interested than ever in going back to the basics of planting and harvesting. And then the question of, how to preserve food we grow? I decided to take baby steps. One of those steps was purchasing our first SeedSheet from www.seedsheets.com. The small package sat on a shelf from late April until this weekend (mid June) because life has been busy with other spring tasks, playing with grand babies, and work.
My hubby helped me get the container set up. I ordered the “Plus” container option. It arrived with a canvas bag/container to fill with soil. We had four bags of soil, and that filled it to a little less than half. The container is about three feet deep and will accommodate carrots and beets that I ordered for our customized garden. A few days later hubby returned to Home Depot and grabbed four larger bags of topsoil; I was able to finish filling up the container, and then followed the directions to lay the sheet, pre-filled with our chosen plants, on the top. Spikes were included to help hold the sheet down on the soil. I watered it, removed the plastic covering the seeds (the cover basically dissolves under the water), and now we have our first ever family container garden. Done. Well, not yet – I do have to keep it alive. The SeedSheets company sent a cute little cap that can go on a plastic water bottle for easy seed pod watering.
Here’s what I loved about the process:
- I chose the plants and herbs I wanted to include. Our SeedSheet garden has zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, emerald oak lettuce, sweet peppers, sweet basil, provider bush beans, beets, napoli carrots, cilantro, spinach, and kale.
- I often have good intentions to start a project, like growing food, but the reality is, I don’t currently have the time or energy to do a full garden. SeedSheets has been ideal for me to connect with the memory of growing food and I am excited about seeing our little garden grow. In the back of my mind is the reality that growing some our own food may become more important in the days ahead.
- SeedSheets has a Facebook community where you can ask questions.
- SeedSheets includes instructions on when to thin plants, how many days to harvest, and how to harvest.
- The SeedSheet is good for two years, so if I had slacked off and not planted it this year, it would not have been wasted.
Here is where you can find your own SeedSheet: https://seedsheets.com/pages/shop-all-v3
Do you garden? Are you someone who enjoys starting your own seeds and transplanting them, or does this container garden option sound interesting to you? Perhaps SeedSheets is a genius solution for those of us who need a little guidance to get growing.