Let’s Plant!

IMG_6898We have been blessed with amazing weather the past several days.  It almost makes you forget that just over a week ago it was spitting snow and freezing.  As soon as the weather warms up each spring, I am eager to start planting flowers, herbs, and vegetables.  A couple of years ago, I started growing the herbs in old wash tubs on our deck.  I found that it was so much easier to care for them because they were literally right outside my back door.  Our vegetable garden is at the back of our property (annoyingly far from any water source) and I always blame it being to far away from our house as the reason it gets out of control every year. I could blame laziness, but would rather blame the location! Ha!  Maybe this will be the year that doesn’t happen…

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I was so excited when a trip to get groceries led me to find these Ranunculus! Trust me, where we live, I seriously felt like God had put them there just for me!  These are one of my very favorite flowers, but similar to the Hydrangea, they are way to expensive to purchase just to fill vases within our home.  Last summer, I purchased a few at $3 per stem!  Not per bunch, but per single stem!  We have planted a few Hydrangea bushes throughout the past several years for the exact same reason.  A fresh-cut Hydrangea from our yard will last a few weeks in the home if kept with fresh water.  And a little tip about the Hydrangea: ice-cold water is best for these beauties, per a florist friend of mine.  I actually add ice cubes to the water when I first bring in and then just refill the vases with cold water as needed. But, back to the Ranunculus! They come in a variety of fun colors and prefer full sun and daily watering.  This site shares how best to care for these beauties.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll share more about how we plant our herbs and as the weather continues to stay warm, our veggie garden.  I am definitely not an expert, but just happen to love gardening.  Thankfully I married a farmer who happens to be excellent at growing and caring for a vegetable garden!  Any favorite flowers you think I should plant this year?  I typically go with petunias because they are easy to care for and lots of green or variegated large leafy plants such as Coleus.  Happy planting, friends!

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Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.  The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:11-12 (NIV)