I know this could seem like a silly subject, how to buy plants? Duh…. But I have been watching people for 15 years buy the wrong plants! Ok not the wrong plants, but plants in the wrong stage of their life.
I was just at a local garden center and watched people grab these huge overgrown, out bloomed, horrible plants and I wanted to shake them! So here is my opinion on how you should choose your plants from the garden center. You want to look for plants that fill the pot, and have nice white roots to the bottom and sides of the pot. Choose plants that have not bloomed yet or are just forming buds. Plants that are in full flower at the garden center will not flower very long for you once you get them home. When you plant a plant you want it to focus it’s energy on growing roots. If the plant is flowering it will put all it’s energy into the flowers. This is not ideal. When I’m planting something with buds or flowers I pinch them off. Especially vegetable plants! I saw broccoli plants at the garden center with little heads of broccoli on them and people thought it was the greatest thing. NO, NO, NO! This is when I want to shake them! Then I went into the tomato area and there are these huge tomato plants 3 feet high in 1 gallon pots that people were scooping up. MORE SHAKING! Large plants go through way more stress and usually will be set back weeks. They have also been growing at the greenhouse longer and are more likely to have pest and disease problems. You are so much better off buying a 2 1/2 inch pot or smaller. Plants in smaller pots adapt better to transplanting.Save your money and don’t buy those big plants. They are overgrown and will not make your garden nicer. I promise you! Did that turn into a lecture? I do that sometimes. But if you are guilty of buying huge, blooming plants, you NEEDED that!
What a year it has been in the Ferber household! Today our girl is a 1 year old! It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by. So many things happened this last year that have changed our lives. Life changing event #1: The birth of our daughter Penelope. No one can prepare you for how your life will change when you have a baby. It’s amazing and incredibly hard all at the same time. The first few months we were lost in baby land. We were teetering on insanity from lack of sleep, and overwhelmed with the responsibility of this precious little life. Amazed by her beauty and her incredibly loud farts. Here was this sweet little person with her daddy’s mouth, mommy’s eyes and wild blond hair that went in every which way. Our baby girl.
Through the baby fog, I had to prepare myself for going back to work. I had made arrangements to come back part-time for a couple of weeks to ease back into working and being away from Penelope. Life changing event #2: Three days before returning to work from maternity leave I get a voice mail from my boss saying that my position was no longer available. Having a baby during bedding plant season apparently had it’s costs, mine was my job. I cleaned out my office and said good-bye to a company that I had poured my heart and sweat into for 7 years. Jeremy and I suffered a series of mini heart attacks trying to figure out how in the world we would make ends meet.
After a lot of day dreaming, idea swapping and a lot of empty job searching, came life changing event #3: Starting my own business. There are a lot of pros and cons to being your own boss. Pros: You have is 100% freedom. The freedom to make your own choices, be your own boss, create and achieve your own dreams. Cons: It’s nice to leave work at the door. I think when you own your own business you never truly are “off” work. There are no paid holidays, no two weeks vacation, no paid health insurance, no retirement plan. But Horticulture has been my passion for 15 years now and this seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to try my hand at running my own gig. And so inspired by our daughter and with the support of my husband, Sweet Pea’s Garden was created.
And here we are today, one year from the day Penelope entered this world and changed our lives forever. This year I learned that you can love bigger than you ever could imagine, that being a mom is hard, and I’m not always going to be good at it. I learned that I am a control freak and I like the diapers folded a certain way, my way. I learned that babies make you mushy inside and out. I learned why moms always hang out with other moms. I learned letting go of a job isn’t as hard as I once thought. I learned creating a website is much harder than I thought! I learned I will always need my mommy. And I learned that my husband is an amazing dad and he is even more wonderful than I thought he was the day I said “I do”.
I am a proud new momma of 22 baby chicks! Sweet, fluffy and full of spunk! There are 5 Ameraucana, 5 SilverLaced Wyandotte, 6 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Black Stars, 2 Red Stars, and 2 Golden Comets. I am already in love with these little fluff balls. I started with just 16 and had to get a few more. I’m sure I have way too many now. I was lured in by their sweet chirping and the fluff!
I have waited several years for the chance to raise chickens. This year we finally decided to do it! We are a very busy family this year and have enough projects on the “to do” list so we opted to purchase a coop instead of build one ourselves. We ordered this chicken coop from Overholt Sheds in Delta, Colorado. We picked the 6′ X 12′ model and we got to choose the roof color. I of course chose blue. And we are so glad we didn’t try to build one. As handy as my husband and myself are we never could have built such a nice coop.
Now we just need the baby chicks!
It happens every year about this time. We get a few warm days, the bulbs start to emerge, the grass starts to green up, and then WHAM! It snows. And of course it is snowing, it’s February! So here I sit, impatiently waiting for Spring.
Every year I anticipate the seed catalogs arriving in the mail. I am a total plant nerd so I read them cover to cover! I have two favorite companies that I ordered all my garden seed from. Pinetree Garden Seeds and Johnny’s Selected Seeds.
I ordered most of my seed through Pinetree this year. They offer seed in smaller quantities for smaller growers. I do not like having to carry over seed from year to year or worse, throw it out because I didn’t use it all. They sell a huge variety of vegetables, herbs, and flower seed and all kinds of other garden items. They have a really nice selection of heirloom seed and they do not carry anything GMO. They have a really great informative catalog, their staff is really friendly and to top it all off, their seed packages are super cute!