Transitioning From an Egg Carton Garden to the Real Deal

Well, the garden is coming along rather well so far!

I transplanted the rest of my lemon cucumber plants and they seem to be doing pretty good. I managed to keep all the lemon cucumber plants alive so far so my gut instinct to transplant a few and leave a couple in the egg cartons did no harm! I did however lose a japanese bumpy cucumber plant and a pole bean but other than that, the plants seem to be thriving. Well, other than the corn. It looks like something is eating it and it’s all yellow. I can’t really see any bugs on there so I’m not too sure what is going on.

My father-in-law got some, ahem, non-organic tomato plants. I do not approve but since it is our garden the right thing would be to have some compromise.

I started another round of seeds in the egg cartons. I planted broccoli, mustard greens, collards, rainbow swiss chard, and pole beans. Many germinated within two days of me planting them. I highly recommend egg carton gardening –seeds seem to do really well in there. I think it’s because moisture and heat are mostly required for germination and the egg carton acts almost as an insulator to really speed up the process. That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it!

I had Andrew help me plant carrots, beets and turnips in the actual garden — that went rather and unusually smoothly. He decided to use a collard green plant as a seat but that was the extent of “craziness.”  I cannot say if we’ll be having some turnips in with the carrots or beets and vice versa but ultimately it was nice to get him in the garden so he can experience life in it’s most simplest and beautiful form. The kids in Andrew’s generation will definitely need this experience in order to be a conscious individual on this planet. Going back to your roots is what it’s all about baby.


my heirloom tomatoes on the left. My father-in-laws non-organic “big boy” tomatoes on the right. Not that it’s a competition or anything.



first blossom on my purple cherry tomato plant



non-GMO baby corn



Calabaza squash



Our collards. The one in the middle is flattened because Andrew sat on it while we were planting carrots, beets and turnips.



Andrew helped me plant carrots, beets and turnips



so beautiful



first blossom on our Japanese bumpy cucumber



rainbow swiss chard looking mighty strong



How neat! The bean completed formed around the stake



rainbow swiss chard



These are either broccoli or collard greens. I totally threw my “markers” in the compost bin. Whoops!



Life is so beautiful!



Our sugar snap peas are ready to be transplanted as well


What is your garden starting to look like?

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Aside from being a wannabe backyard homesteader who wrangles chickens and free-range kids, Loriel is the owner/creator of the professional natural lifestyle blog Naturally Loriel, owner of the organic spice blend business Naturally Free, and freelance professional food photographer.

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