Tomatoes. They’re very popular and can also be one of the more spendy vegetable starts to purchase. So… Can you save money by starting them from seed? Well, I’d say it’s likely! As soon as the tomato starts roll in, the nursery storefront gets hoppin’! Tomatoes (especially those heirloom varieties right now) are one of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Plant questions and answers! This week: Will African Violets grow under water? (Ask your plant or gardening question.) Well, for the most part, an established African Violet would probably not respond well to being replanted underwater, but suckers started from a leaf cutting can survive (even thrive) underwater for quite a while… several months or […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A year ago last spring I planted four raspberry plants in a desolate corner of the yard. I amended the poor soil with lots of peat, compost and fertilizer, worked it up really well, planted the starts two feet apart and planted them deep. I must have done everything right because now they are going […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
How to save space, use less plastic, and grow better seedlings using soil blocks. This summer I have discovered something that may just change my greenhouse forever: Soil blocks! Even though most of my seed sowing for the season has already been done, I still wanted to try out this “new” technique. (“New” means new […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Make your own starter pots from yogurt cups… Here’s how! If you’re like me, you’ve probably had a hard time finding inexpensive 3-inch pots for starting small plants or seeds. And if your family is like mine, you probably go through quite a few snack-sized yogurt containers. so -(starter pots) + (yogurt cups) = Problem […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Nope, not California dreamin’… although with the weather we’ve had lately, I’m almost there. The real story is that I’ve been trying for a number of years to start citrus trees from seed. For some reason I have failed miserably on every attempt. That is, until now! About two months ago I bit into a […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Well, you win some; you lose some. And for me this spring, that’s definitely true. 😉 To put it simply, my try at a raised lettuce row failed miserably. I’m pretty sure that I planted directly into the ground too early. We had several freezes and many hard rains since the last week in February […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Well, it’s been a crazy year so far, with house-buying, moving, repairing, new-carring, etc… and finally getting back into the swing of things. For me, that means planting seeds, and repotting starts, rooting cuttings, etc. Currently dazzling me are my amaryllis. Recently, one bloomed, but even more exciting are the results of last year’s blossoms… […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The move really messed me up. I lost a few of the rooted African Violet leaves I’d started, but I finally got to transplant some of the ones that survived. Looks like one leaf only had 2 babies on it, while one other had about 6. I cut the leaves off the babies and put […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
My new African Violet home is working out well, but already getting full! I’m not sure how much longer one table is going to be enough. We’re moving in a few weeks so maybe there will be enough room for a second table. 😉 The miniature (my last variegated violet) is finally putting on blossoms […]Continue Reading... No Comments.