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Getting the Season Going

This summer, Dan and I decided to start our own plants. We were in the midst of graduations, weddings, and moves last spring, so it was certainly not feasible. Although I'd love to have more plants than this, we live in an apartment and our landlord probably wouldn't appreciate us digging up his yard. I'll also be VERY busy this summer with clinicals and such, so we're going to stick with some large planters on our deck again. We decided that grape tomatoes and peppers would be the best for us, as they are the most expensive at the store and always seem to be the most sub-par produce there. Years of having my own garden at home certainly made me picky with my tomatoes, for sure! We tried some larger varieties of tomatoes last year, but they never seemed to reach their prime before the cold weather set in (not to mention that they always seemed to be suffering from some sort of blight all summer...I'm hoping that starting my own seeds will help minimize that!) I specifically picked out some fast-growing, quick-producing tomatoes for this year! We also decided to try some looseleaf lettuce and should be able to time it to match the tomatoes. Having it in a planter, we'll be able to move them into the shade for the few weeks we have that ever get above 90!

I like using all the yogurt cups that Dan and I accumulate over the year. They're larger than some of the starter pots, so my new seedlings can stay put for longer, until they're ready to be planted in their final home. Also, they're free and I'm doing a bit of recycling of my own! Here, I've just taken a nail, heated it up using our gas burners (I've also used a candle, but it takes longer to heat), then just pushed the hot nail through the bottoms to make some drainage holes! Be sure to use some pliers to hold the nail. It does get super hot!

And here's our final product! I just use regular potting soil and add in some perlite to lighten it up a bit. The green container is for our lettuce, as it's more shallow. I found it and it's a bottom watering system with a reservoir. I thought it might be a better option in the summer when both of us will be gone all day and can't give the plants the second watering they might need. The other planters for the tomatoes and peppers are quite large and should be fine.


  1. the hot nail thing is a good idea.... I would totally have been trying to stab holes in with scissors... which wouldn't have worked well :)

    Happy 10-monthiversary, by the way! :) :) :)

    we made the frame/got dirt for our garden... but we have yet to plant it. Maybe this weekend. We've gotten a cold snap though, and it's in the 40's down here (and super rainy) so I think it turned out ok that we didn't plant yet.


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