I finally made it over to Home Depot today. I’ve been putting it off for say…a year now? Last spring, my plan was to try to make our bedroom even darker. I know, I know, we already have black out curtains and all, but there is this little strip of light that gets through the top. I thought that hey, maybe I can nail up a little board horizontal from the wall and stop that light! But getting to Home Depot is quite a chore and I hate errands in general so Summer came and went and Winter arrived along with it dark mornings. Ah nice. Then 3 weeks ago, the light came back! I tried getting wood online and finally gave up ($45 shipping for <$3 of wood!), so off to Home Depot I went.

So what on earth does this have to do with tomatoes? Well…I decided to make my Home Depot run much more interesting. I decided to grow tomatoes! And thai basil. And cilantro. I’m so excited! But it really is just a gamble, since up until now, I haven’t been able to keep a cactus alive.

Here is the supplies I got:

1 wooden barrel
1 bag of little rocks (to let the water drain easier)
1 big bag of organic soil
1 Early Bird tomato plant
1 thai basil plant
1 cilantro plant
1 tomato cage
1 container plant food

Here is what I did:

  1. Placed the small rocks at the bottom of the barrel.
  2. Added a little soil.
  3. Put in the tomato cage wrong! I put it in upside down and figured it out after looking at online pictures. How embarrassing. Anyways, it has been fixed.
  4. Added soil up to the top.
  5. Dug a hole in the center for the tomato plant and put it in past the bottom leaves (apparently they grow roots well).
  6. Dug two little holes on the edge for the thai basil and cilantro.
  7. Watered the plant with a hose.

So. We’ll see what happens. I’ll keep you updated on the progress (or failure) of this new project!

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