Wish My Black Thumb Luck

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Some of you may remember my black thumb from last year.  (Actually, it didn’t turn out so bad in the end.)  Or the year before.  (That year, it did turn out badly.  Sorry, morning glories.)  This year I’m giving up flowers and trying my hand at a vegetable garden.

But I’ve got some help.

I’ll be using Sprout Robot to guide me every step of the way.  You type in your zip code and they tell you when to plant your seeds.  Apparently my green onions will be best sowed the week of February 25.  (This sounds a bit early to me, but I’m the one needing help, so I’m not going to question.  Unless any of you have any contradictory advice.)  But I don’t think I’ll be growing any pumpkins on my porch.  Anyone want some pumpkin seeds?

They also have a feature where they tell you how to plant each seed in either a box or the ground.  So I’m super excited about that, too.  Hopefully I’ll be saving money by harvesting from my own vegetable garden, but it will be an adventure to say the least.

What resources do you use to help you with your gardening skills?

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18 thoughts on “Wish My Black Thumb Luck

  1. John S @ Frugal Rules

    Sounds like a good app, I’ll have to tell my wife about it as we garden a lot. We use the local extension office by giving them a sample of our soil. Based off of that they can tell us exactly what we need in our dirt to maximize growth.

  2. The Frugal Exerciser

    I’m too lazy for that. I just buy my plants at the garden shop. My garden is not very large anyway. I can’t believe spring will be here soon. We just got our first real snowfall today in Chicago.

    1. femmefrugality

      I heard about that! I read this op ed thing that said that on the upside, the city hadn’t had to spend nearly as much money on snow removal etc, but that there was a rise in crime due to the unusually nice weather that compensated for what would have been a surplus in the budget.

  3. eemusings

    Good luck with your garden this year! Ill be honest, I am hopeless at keeping things alive. Had a good run for about a month with my lettuces but pretty sure they’re dying (probably my fault – it’s been hot and dry and I have been slack at watering them). My mother came over last year and helped me plant a whole bunch of things, apparently I have good soil but my black thumb is also rearing its ugly head.

  4. Miss T @ Prairie Eco-Thrifter

    We garden in the summer and love it. The veggies taste so good.

    Try containers to start. They are much easier to manage and you can move them to keep your plants away from too much sun and water. Also, start small. Give yourself easy things to grow on your first year.

  5. Ms. S

    Oh my gosh, I’ve always dreamed of having a garden. I picture myself in my wellies, overalls and a cute shade hat pruning and planting and tilling. Thing is, I’m too lazy for it. Here’s hoping your black thumb turns green, Femme!!! I’m rooting for you! 🙂

  6. Miss Caitlin S.

    I am so not into Gardening right now because we have a tiny balcony- HOWEVER, it is first on my to-do list whenever I live somewhere with a yard. That will be on my priority list! I LOVE the idea of it and I am simply obsessed with the idea of picking your own food right outside. So awesome. My BF’s dad is hugely into this and whenever we go visit him- we eat SO, so well. I love it. I wish you tons of luck!


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