Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
I was thinking of making my own since normally these self watering boxes are about 60 bucks each. But I was browsing at the local nursery and saw a sign up for buy one get one free on all pots and planters.
The Earth Boxes weren't located near the sign but in another room so I wasn't sure they were part of the deal. I had to ask 6 people before I got an answer most of them didn't even know they were having that sale. Finally I found someone who said they were.
Of course when I got to the register they had to call back to find out since they didn't know about the sale either but I finally got out of the store with my planters. I think I should have grabbed two more so I could try my had at some new veggies but I my wallet said NO!
I'm using them for tomatoes, zucchini, and watermelon (I got one last year) but next year I think I"m going to give Corn a go. According to the directions you can grow 16 stocks in each one.
Monday, April 11, 2011
I have however been spending my long winters rest learning more about gardening and have plenty to share.
I'll start with my forgotton seedlings. I've been trying for years to get a good batch of seedlings started but have met with skinny scraggly seedlings that don't produce well. It turns out that when you start seeds indoors your supposed to have a light positioned a couple of inches away from the plants. This is to keep the seedlings from "stretching" to reach the light. This allows for a sturdier seedling. I have an extra lamp with a hanger for our turtle I think I will repurpose it as a day lamp for my seedlings. Since tomorrow is my day off it will be a good time to get started!
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Only three of them but it has me thinking of spring. I'm got my first order set... I just need to place it. I'm ordering from the Gurney catalog and taking advantage of the free $25 coupon it has. I'll have to spend $50 total but they have some really nice looking patio blueberry bushing I want to get. I'm also ordering some strawberries. I wanted to plant some last year but the only plants I could find were sold individually from about $5 a piece I couldn't find anyone who was selling them in the packs.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Check out my new garden toy! I am so happy to be able to compost again. I haven't been composting due to the fact that since we are currently renting there is no place to build a compost pile.
Thanks to a program being run buy our township I got the wonderful compact tumbler style composter for only $50. Now I did a little looking around and found a few compareable bins for anywhere from $110 to $260. The idea is that the more people compost the less waste gets hauled to the dump. This allows for less money being spent by thwe township on hauling and storing garbage. It also increases the lifespan of the current dump.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I did have one plant that has surpassed all the others in terms of production. No its not the zucchini plant... it is my jalapeno plant! I have already picked 27 peppers off this plant and I figured it was done for the season.... but NO its still going strong! If you look closely at the picture you can see tons of tiny peppers growing. It's going to be a hot time at our house when they get done. I think I'm going to lok for a recipe for jalapeno poppers and try my hand at making my own. How good do you think they will taste with fresh off the bush peppers?
Monday, September 6, 2010
Well I did have some pretty good luck this year my zucchini did wonderfully. I had five bushes and got 20 zucchinis from them. most of my tomato plants did well. My cherry tomatoes still aren't doing as well as I would like. And I tried the topsy turvey this year and wasn't impressed. It is very flimsy and the top piece of plastic broke while I was putting it together. The hanging ring was too small and I had to get a larger one. When filled it is too heavy for my shepards hook which I ended up bracing with the container that had the zucchini. I also had to water about three times more often then my other containers. I got about t tomatoes off the plant. For the 10 bucks I paid for it I could have gone to thew farmers market and bought a bushel of tomatoes.