The great thing about being a sophomore is that you can mess around a little bit. You aren't a freshman anymore...you have some knowledge. You aren't a junior or senior trying to figure out where to go to college and what to do for the rest of your life. You are in that magic year of the sophomore where you can experiment, have fun and spread your wings :)
|This is what most ebay seed look like when they arrive at your door.|
|These beauties are from IKEA and are far cheaper than other stores.|
If you are sowing seeds in pots or in the garden, your 4th essential is a rose. Not the flowers, the watering attachment. Get a decent watering can that holds a lot of water and has a rose attachment. It can be strong plastic or metal, but it definitely needs a rose so you don't swoosh the seeds and seedlings all around when watering. (You could also get a mister, but that takes forever and a day.
Finally, your 5th and final purchase at the store should be....drum roll please....
Yes, you heard me...buy a plant. You will need some encouragement waiting on your seeds, and you are probably going to have a few casualties which will discourage you, so go ahead and get one strong, hardy plant. Choose a small plant that you love. Lavender or a coneflower. A cool ornamental grass or a salvia. If you truly think you have a brown thumb, get a sedum. Choose a plant that the garden center staff tells you is pretty easy to grow. Baby your little plant and then eventually you'll transplant it out into your garden. When everything else is failing, your strong little plant will be strong and give you courage to move on to junior year where you decide the big decisions for your garden. (Seriously, if you don't have any idea what you are doing, buy a sedum and don't give it too much water....it will love you back forever...)
|Check it...the ground is barely unfrozen and there is a sedum growing already...they are soooo tough.|
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