- Posted April 22, 2012 by
Los Angeles, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
From garden to table
- CNN's forthcoming changes showcase the best of the network
- A bit saddened, a bit joyous and a bit upset at the bash party from others
- LAPD Chief should fire Sgt. Teresa Evans to help restore credibility in the LAPD
- U.S. backed renewable energy initiative hurts indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico
- Four part-time telecommuting jobs
Not bad for someone without a Green Thumb...
Generally, I don't have a green thumb but I was determined to grow my own veggies on my balcony. Everything I needed to start was fairly cheap and was easily purchased at my nearest discount store: seeds, trellis, planting pots and even a mini seeder kit for $1 each. I went to my nearest hardware store for potting soil and some plant food which I ended up not using. The space I used was my apartment balcony.
I started out with Lettuce seeds because they are the easiest plants to start out with during the cold weather months (I started out in January) and planted tomato seeds and jalapeno peppers at the same time. The lettuce seeds started sprouting out within the first 2 weeks. I was careful not to over-water and drown them. The tomato seeds began sprouting 2 months later and the pepper plants about 3 months later. I was glad that I had planted them with the marigold flowers, otherwise I would have forgotten to water them. Since they did not sprout as early as the lettuce seed plants, I would have easily given up on them. On Easter Sunday, our family ate the Lettuce plants and made a salad to celebrate. By Thanksgiving, we hope to be feasting on more lettuce plants, some tomatoes and peppers from my balcony garden.