by Brandi McElhatten
Starting seeds indoors, without a fancy set-up and limited gardening knowledge, can sometimes be a great game of discovery. In the past, I have accidentally grown tiny mushrooms, mistaken a plant that was not basil for basil – – and then made the non-basil plant into a pesto (I am not kidding, thank goodness zinnia leaves aren’t poisonous), tended a giant weed for weeks before I realized it was not a vegetable that I had planted, and watered pots of dirt for weeks to no avail. I have gotten better over the years. Now, I actually look information up, try to adhere to instructions, and thankfully, have not repeated my pesto incident. I am also pretty good with getting my seeds to grow now. The bean plants – always the ones who start first and incredible growers to boot are already in the ground, but here are some of the new plants on the block.
I am really looking forward to our backyard garden this year, Cleveland weather can be tricky so it will be interesting to see what crops do well. I can’t wait to share it with you. What are you growing? Do you have any gardening tips to share? Please feel free to comment below! I’d love to hear.