Thursday, January 15, 2015

Planting vegetable and herb seeds indoor

Today I bought Jiffy Professional Greenhouse with 36 palettes for under $5.00 at Wal-mart. You simply add 1/2 litter of warm water, slowly, to expand the entire package.  Each palette will increase in size to about 1 to 1.5 inches.

I used rain water and a turkey baster to slowly add water to greenhouse.  

Each row of six palette I planted seeds of the following:
  1. Green Beans
  2. Tomatoes
  3. Cilantro
  4. Lavender
  5. Cucumbers
  6. Basil.

The first set of seeds I planted indoors in the first of this month.  Two green bean and two tomato plants are outside.  The rest of the seedlings are still in their greenhouse without the lid.  It's too cold for to be outside.  and tonight is going to dip below freezing.  I'm hoping the four I have outside will survive.  Although they are each in their own container, I have 2 litter plastic bottles covering the plants.  Hopefully that's enough to protect them from the unforgiving cold tonight.   

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Gardening Stuff from Dollar Tree

I went to Dollar Tree today for rice and dog food and noticed that they have an area for gardening stuff.  I was impressed with all of the varieties of seed packets they have.  The best part is, the packets are marked for .99 cents but are on sale for 4 for $1.  That's a bargain.  I haven't done my research to see if these seeds are none GMO's.

So I grabbed four packets.
Lavender, Thyme, Basil and Sage.
They all states on the packet that they are ideal for containers.

The clay pot is unbelievably only for $1.  The clay pots measures 5x5 inch.  I think these will be perfect transplanting the cilantro to these pots and leave them to grow permanently in this container.  I'll just have to make sure to replant more cilantro every two weeks from seeds.
I'm definitely going back for more clay pots.  

Although the clay pots are a great deal. I'm going to use larger plastic container from Dollar Tree until they are ready to go to a garden bed.  

I'm very excited this year for my vegetable garden.

I've been watching lots of Youtube videos regarding vegetable gardening.  
I don't know which method will work for me, but I assure you I don't want to spend lots of money doing it.  

Day 11 of my vegetable garden

Here's an update of my seedling tray.  Four out of 16 units didn't sprout at all.  I think some of the cilantro and all of the tomato plants germinated.  2 of the green beans didn't.

I remove the plastic cover because the plants are growing too tall and one of the plants have reached the plastic cover.  

I am new to vegetable gardening.  I really hope, I have a good outcome this year.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Winter and my vegetable garden

I don't even know if you can call it a garden, just plants, vegetable plans.  lol.  Anyway today temperature in Macon Middle Georgia is high 36 and low 27.  Last night it was a cold 21.  I slept with my space heater on, which I never do.  But last night it was an exception because it was cold.  and it looks like is gonna be cold again for the next couple of nights.

Luckily, I'm container gardening.  I wanted to start early this year with my vegetable garden.  Because I refuse to eat gmo foods or food containing gmo's.   I'm not an expert or novice gardener or have green thumb, but I'm willing to learn.  I'm just not willing to spend money.

So for my frugal vegetable garden.

  • I did buy seeds, last year.  So I hope they are still alive.
  • I'm using Larry Hall (YouTube user) growbags , which are .50 cents Walmart shopping bags
  • and storage container from Dollar Tree.
  • I did buy a seedling tray from Lowes.
I didn't buy any dirt.  I use layer of yard leaves, dirt, and wood compost from my backyard.  In the beginning last year, there was a huge tree that fell and was just composting on its own.  By the end of this year, it just naturally composted. So I used that as my top soil.

I What I started seeding so far:
  • 4 green beans
  • 8 tomato plants
  • 4 cilantro
2 of the green bean germinated quickly.  I mean by the 2nd day, 2 sprouted already.  and they were fast overgrowing the tiny green house.  I transplanted the two plants and this is how they look.

To protect them from the cold and wind, I placed a plastic 2 liter bottle.  I cut the top part of the bottle to have a larger opening.  I just covered the baby plant with the bottle.  Allowing sun but the cold weather to harm it.  I'll bring them inside the house at night until the weather gets warmer.  

tomatoes are germinating nicely, but no cilantro yet.
I took them outside to get some sun.

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