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1 Jamie Wilson January 15, 2014 at 11:30 am

Hi! I absolutely love your blog and am a loyal follower :-). A have a very amateur question for you…how many seeds to use!? I’ve read the packets and read blog articles and gardening websites, but I’ll see that onions should be planted 1/4 in. deep. But how many seeds per hole? Crazy question I know, but I can’t seem to find the answer anywhere!


2 Merissa January 15, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Most packets will tell you the depth. For seeds per hole it depends on what you are planting…bigger plants like cucumbers and squash I usually do 2-3 seeds per hill, beans I plant one at a time, lettuce just kind of gets tossed into a straight row. What plants are you wondering about in particular?


3 Jamie Wilson January 16, 2014 at 4:43 am

This is our first garden, but we’re thinking of planting lots of tomatoes, various peppers, cucumbers for pickling, onions, and carrots. I’d like to try to grow zucchini as well.


4 Merissa January 16, 2014 at 7:09 am

Carrots and onions will get sown in a long row by sprinkling the seeds once at a time. Tomatoes and peppers are usually started indoors (depending on your zone), and cucumbers are usually planted 2-3 seeds per “hill”.


5 Andie February 18, 2014 at 8:10 pm

I love your blog. I share a lifelong fondness for Laura and her life.

Here in Arizona, local library branches allow seeds to be checked out. The seed varieties are heirloom and desirable for our specific desert region.
They are free and last year my daughter, who is autistic, snacked her way around the garden eating radishes, peas and lettuce!


6 Angela February 21, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I’m starting my first vegetable garden this year. What do you recommend for fertilizer? I’ve started a worm composting bin but I don’t think there will be any compost in time. Also, my worms have been trying to escape so I could be doing something wrong there. Either way, I cannot count on the compost, I’ll have to fertilize another way.


7 Merissa February 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm

We always use either chicken or cow manure. This year I don’t have that option so we are going to use fermented fish fertilizer. I found mine at Azure Standard:


8 Janis February 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm

I love your website, so interesting and affordable!


9 Dawn February 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm

I love roses but I am not too sure how to care for them ,any advice


10 Michelle Houtz March 24, 2014 at 8:53 am

I would like to try my hand at gardening some veggies this year and have set aside some green and red pepper seeds. (I saved them and air dried them from the peppers I bought at the grocery store) Would they do well in a container on my porch in full sun? Would they (or another veggie) be easy to grow in a container? I’m short on space but long on ideas to try my hand at something new!


11 Merissa March 24, 2014 at 9:19 am

Peppers are a GREAT plant to grow in a container because they grow so nicely. Tomatoes do very well as well.


12 judy April 4, 2014 at 10:28 am

I am going to try straw bale gardening for the first time. I have a limited space and don’t want alot of work . I have a large yard, and lots of flowers. So this year is trying to maintain what I have . Looking forward to spring and all it brings. Looking forward to all I will learn and be able to share on here.


13 Aleesha Bake April 24, 2014 at 2:44 pm

LOVE your site, we’ve been working to get our garden in this week and I have really enjoyed some of your tips- I can’t wait to try the newspaper seedling planters next year!


14 Brenda Webb May 19, 2014 at 10:12 am

I enjoy learning new ways to use old things. Thanks.


15 kathleen Anderson October 18, 2014 at 3:48 pm

I am putting leaves around my apple trees on old newsprint and plan to put banana peels and potato peelings son it , too. for Potassium, but I would like to know what I can put on it for Calcium Maybe Meisssa knows….any ideas would be welcomed. Something natural would be nice…. The two trees haven’t fruited as yet…three and four years old. Cortland and Wolf river Thank you kindly.


16 Merissa October 18, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I add a bit of crushed eggshells and/or epsoms salts around my plants for added calcium :)


17 Kathleen Anderson October 18, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Thank you so much for your reply Trying to get yard work, raking and fertilizing done…. We live in Upper Michigan and could tell it was snowing in the distance…a little sleet for a few minutes!! It is coming!! Stay warm.


18 Merissa October 18, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Send it this way! I’m ready for the flies and Box Elder bugs to go away!


19 tara September 5, 2015 at 5:10 pm

I love your blog!! What is the name of your wallpaper at the top of the blog page?


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