Spring officially arrived on Thursday, even if it did welcome itself here in Utah with a nice, cold storm. Luckily it was mostly rain and just little bits of snow that didn't stick. With the arrival of spring, it reminded me of one of my favorite things I did last year: plant a garden. Since where we live we don't actually have any land, I do all of mine in planter boxes on our front porch. Last year's garden did really well! We had tons of tomatoes and herbs, which is what I limit myself to right now. Some day, though, I want to have a nice big garden where I can grow a variety of things. This year I wasn't going to plant a garden because of all the changes that are coming up for us, but I couldn't resist! I saw some recipes that called for tomatoes and basil and I just thought how much better it would taste if they were my own tomatoes and my own basil, so I got started! This year I discovered a wonderful product that has helped me get started on my garden early, without any worry of losing my precious plants to the snow and frost.This great little invention lets you plant your seeds in individual spots. I know that doesn't sound so great, but the dirt starts out as a little pellet about half an inch thick, then you add some water to the whole tray and the little pellets grow. They are surrounded by a thin netting so all the soil stays in individual pellets. Then you add the seeds, pop the top on the container and put it some places warm inside the house until the plants are big enough to transplant to their own containers. You don't have to worry about pouring a bag of soil and making a mess, it is all right there for you!
These are my little plants so far. It has only been about a week and a half and they are already doing very well! They still have a few weeks of living inside before they get to move to their new home outside, but now I can start taking them out during the day to get a little sunlight. I can't wait until they start producing tomatoes and the leaves of the herbs are big enough to use!