I planted! Woo!
It took me a long time to choose my veggies for my EarthBox. Cucumbers? No, I donâ€™t want to stake anything. Beans? Same problem. Cabbage? No, the one-to-one ratio of seedling-to-harvest doesnâ€™t seem worth it. Hmmm.
I went to my local garden shop, where Iâ€™d bought my EarthBox refill kit, and poked around. Potting mix was way too expensive,Â but the prices on the seedlings seemed good. I looked at different plants, I took mental notes, I tried to make decisions, I gave up and went to the grocery store. Directly behind the grocery store is an Ace Hardware, with their new Garden Center, so I stopped in to see if they had more options. They didnâ€™t, but there was a sale on organic potting mix… if I could just figure out which sign on the shelves went with which bag…
â€œCan I help you?â€
â€œYeah, can you tell me if this price is for the small bag or the large bag of potting mix?â€
â€œI think itâ€™s for the large bag. Yeah.â€
â€œWow, thatâ€™s a really good price.â€
â€œYeah… Iâ€™ll be honest with you. See how those bags are taped up? The mice love it. They get into the bags and start eating it. Donâ€™t use it for indoor plants. You donâ€™t want to invite trouble.â€
Iâ€™m using it outdoors, so I picked out two bags and the gal rang them up… and they werenâ€™t on sale. That price was for the little bag. But she was nice and gave me the big bags at the sale price anyway. Whee! Thank you, nice lady at Ace! I picked up a strawberry plant while I was there. One plant for my EarthBox down, how many to go?
I went back to the local garden shop. I made decisions. Tomatoes, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, all to add to that pot of strawberries that Iâ€™d bought at Ace. And some petunias for the pot of lilies that became a pot of dirt over the winter. Ooooh, and radish seeds for my window box!
I spent hours yesterday, scooping and stirring and mixing and watering all kinds of dirt and dolomite and generally treating these seedling with care and affection. I followed the EarthBox directions to the letter, taking no shortcuts and not rushing through the process. I got it all full with dirt and fertilizer in exactly the right places using precisely the recommended method. I gently fit the proprietary EarthBox cover over the top, careful not to rip or tear the fragile membrane. I cut the necessary flaps for my seedlings, I planted them, I watered them, I closed the flaps back up.
Like a concerned mother, I peeked outside a few times during the afternoon and evening, to check on my little babies. The artichoke is going through a bit of transplant shock, but I think it will be okay. Hooray!
Today, as I left the house to meet a friend for some offsite wifi action, I looked over at the EarthBox to see how it was doing. To my horror, I saw two new holes chewed in the cover. Directly over the line of fertilizer, I expect to see a sick squirrel in the area soon. I have one spare cover, but Iâ€™m hesitant to swap it out and wind up with holes in the new cover in due time. Iâ€™m pretty sure I have a roll of black duct tape in my hardware stash, so I may try to use that as a stopgap repair.