I'm the kind of girl that can't keep flowers alive FOR A DAY. I have a brown thumb like you wouldn't believe. Noah always jokes that he doesn't buy me nice flowers anymore because I kill them - he buys the cheap ones because they're already so chemical-ed up that I can't do much to them.
So I decided that I'm growing a garden.
I'll give you a minute to compose yourself. Stop laughing. Seriously.
I figure it this way - I bought most all of the materials with Swagbucks (seeds, growing containers), so I had very little out of pocket expense...I paid I think $10 at Home Depot for materials (with a gift card from Christmas)? So, financially, I'm not out much. As far as time, it doesn't take that long at all...I water them twice a day (I guess that's how often you're supposed to do it?). So if it doesn't work, oh well, but if it does, I'm saving $5-10 a week on produce at the grocery store!
I'm growing lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, and squash.
The following is how I'm conducting this little experiment. I have absolutely no clue if it's the right way, so if you don't potentially want to lose a whole bunch of money and time, don't follow this advice.
I used these handy dandy little peat planters. They are especially for planting seeds...you plant the seed, and just bury the whole pot when the seed sprouts! How cool!
Take a spray bottle and wet the whole thing down, and add seed starter mix (which, coincidentally, isn't very common in Tuscaloosa...found that out two stores later.) Wet that down, and stir it with the magical plastic fork gardening tool.
I learned that you can't plant most seeds too deep - 1/4" to 1/2" is plenty. Cover the babies with dirt...
...and wait. And wait and wait and wait. I planted these last Sunday, and so far, nada. I know I'm being impatient, but I'm ready to see some results!