Last spring-ish Stuart built a fantastic green house! We started some seeds sprouting and thought we’d give it a go as neither of us really has gardening experience… in fact when I think about the “success” I have with house plants

Exhibit A:

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I tremble for the fate of our garden plants! I mean, that plant above was a SUCCULENT! They are supposed to be able to thrive even in arid conditions… so, yeah, not a good sign.

However, I am learning that you never get better till you try! Last year, because of the early birth of our twins, most of our sprouted seeds didn’t make it. We did manage to grow a few green-bean plants and harvest a little off of those. Not great, but still something.

So I’ve been educating myself on gardening, but it’s a steep learning curve. And those who’ve been doing it for ages and practically breathe and things grow, write supposed-to-be-helpful blog posts and tutorials, but I think that because they’ve been doing it for SO long, that they forget just how daunting it can be to get started for a complete novice!

Anyway, I’ve heard from a reliable source that NOW, in the cold season, is the perfect time to start some broccoli! And I needed a distraction from our still pregnant, not into kidding, goat. So…

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I took the advice of a friend and reused some old water jugs and a spinach container to work as a mini-greenhouse for the seeds. I filled them with peat-moss and watered them and then just crossed my fingers.

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Now just to be honest, I have NO idea what to do with these little things as they grow! I just can’t seem to find a “from seed to table” type tutorial. We have a greenhouse, and I know that broccoli is a more cool weather plant, but I still don’t know when to move them out to the greenhouse, and just how cold of temperatures they can take.

But I was SO excited this morning when I glanced in the makeshift terrariums and saw…

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Woo Hoo!! They have at least sprouted, and it’s only been a few days! Wow! Now if I can coax the poor little snips of green to live and thrive!

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I hope they make it! Not only for the thought of putting yummy broccoli on the table for my family all cause of my own hard work, but also for the boost in confidence that it would bring to actually be able to make something grow!

Keep your fingers crossed for these wee sprouts. 😉 And me too! I’m going to attempt a little more online reading and see if I can find more info to arm myself with to help out the sprouts. Any tips out there are heartily welcome as well!

And about that goat…. nope, no kids yet! *sigh*