Saturday, March 17, 2018

seeds soaking in fridge

 The seeds shown in the first pic have been set to soak on paper towels in the fridge.  The logic for doing so is: phlox requires cold, larkspur requires scarification and, roadside sunflowers **might** require scarification to germinate.

The pansy seeds shown below are set on a heat mat to germinate.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Status report on Hydro Exp

The little gardenette has turned into a relative large gardenette. Several bean plants have tiny baby beans and there are blooms on a couple of tomatoes.

Tiny baby arugula

A baby bean

The bean field

Strawberries potted 2-24-18 from Ebay vendor strawberry-island5

Darling, adorable bean, how I look forward to eating you.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Initial stab at hydroponic gardening

The prospect of home grown, pesticide free produce has resulted in a hydroponic adventure.

Progress report thus far:
I found several appropriate glass items at Goodwill and some gravy jars that I had saved for fabric dyeing. Amazon has loads appropriate equipment.  Ebay has homegrown organic seeds.

There are numerous online resources.  Here is the beginning set:
Old alabama gardener:
It seems the kratky method is the way to go.

Here is a pic of 2 Rosalita tomato seeds soaking (3 to 24 hrs recommended).

These seedlings pictured below were germinated in rock wool or a sterile mix of peat moss, perlite and vermiculite.  I much prefer the rock wool as there is less chance of damaging the seedling with it.
The "old alabama gardener" on you tube recommends covering the jars in aluminum foil to keep out the light; for the next batch I will paint the jars black with spray chalk-board paint.
Lettuce, kale, chard, french breakfast radishes and a large cherry tomato.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

June 14, 2014

 The second floor is now visible. The upper deck can be seen.

Tree house progress up through June 13, 2014