Erica Corwin is UNP's Electronic Marketing Coordinator. She likes to spend her free time memorizing 74 pages of roller derby rules. In her extra free time, she gardens.
I'm a bargain shopper, so when I ran across this beautiful hanging basket grow kit for $2.99, I couldn't resist!
I'm also a skeptic. I will be very surprised if my basket grows to be as beautiful as this picture, but for that price I was willing to take a chance! The steps were easy:
Step 1. Unpack the kit.
Step 2. Place the growing medium in a bowl and add eight cups of water.
The growing medium quickly soaked up the water-it was pretty neat!
Step 3. Add growing medium to planter and plant seeds. An important warning was also included: Do Not Eat Seeds!
The instructions note that germination will take 10-15 days. We're seven days in, and I have a couple of sprouts! (circled in the photograph below)
We'll see how the planter grows in the coming months. I'll provide updates!
While waiting on my beautiful hanging basket, I'll consult Your Midwest Garden: An Owner's Manual by Jan Riggenbach for help with the rest of my garden. Specifically written for the Midwest states, Jan covers annuals, perennials, wildflowers, bulbs, shrubs, vines, vegetables, fruits, and herbs, and she provides a month-by-month to-do list in the appendix. (You too can tackle garden chores in January and February!) I think the to-do lists are my favorite part of the book; they serve as practical guidelines when you're overwhelmed with the thought of what to do when. I also want to try some of her planting suggestions for late summer vegetables, like planting sweet corn in June or July and lettuces in August or September.
After the brutally cold Midwest winter, I think a lot of people are anxious to spend time in their gardens. Happy planting to all of the gardeners!