I learned a few things from last year's experiment:
- Vegetables aren't good potted plants. They need tons more soil than a pot can provide.
- April is too late to plant things from seed.
- Pots should be filled to the top with soil, not a few inches down. The more soil, the better!
- Putting all the seeds from the packet into the soil doesn't guarantee success; it just means all the more seedlings you have to pull out, which turns out is hard for me to do
- Seedlings really DO have to be pulled out to let others get big and strong.
- I bought seeds of the same flowers Grandma gave me mid-summer: zinnias and marigolds, plus a few other things (including my one "success"--peppers)
- I've already started them in little seedling pots indoors, and they'll be big enough to go outside after the first frost!
- When it's time, I'll fill the pots to the brim with soil
- I've only planted enough seedlings for my pots, and no more, except for a few that I can give to people who would like to have them for their own garden
- I will do my best to pull the weaker seedlings and save the stronger ones. It will be hard, but I will do it.
- Flowers: Marigolds, zinnias, baby's breath, and morning glories (for the front porch columns, hopefully)
- Herbs: Basil, Chives, Cilantro
- Vegetables: Jalapenos and Anaheim chilis
I'm so excited! I realize Experiment #2 may prove just as miserable as #1, but I feel like I learned from last year, and I'll learn this year, too. I'm sure I'll give you updates!