Saturday, April 27, 2013

Gotcha you little Imp!

 Well, sometimes indoor gardening has it's own pests. You can't spray them and they run fast when in trouble. This is our dog stealing from my potted lettuce and not letting go of the goods. So we bathed her with goods in mouth. She had rolled in the dirt outside when I took her for a walk. I can't plant my experiment because the garden still has 2-3 feet of snow still covering it. Can't wait for it to melt!
 I was really skeptical when I found this idea on Pinterest. But it works! I planted the bottom ends of the celery and lo and behold they started to grow! I'm impressed!
 The celery worked....would the lettuce? Yes, yes it does! If you look closely at the bottom of the photo, there are indentations in the soil. Yup, you guessed it...the poodle was hankering for her veggies.
Seedling growing under a grow light. We still have lots of much snow on that garden!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

There's just somethin' about plants in packages that gets me :-)

I can't help myself, I have to buy a couple packages every year to start indoors. Call it cabin fever, if you like, but I just had to buy some. I prefer to buy them right away when they come out because I get the pick of the lot and the roots are at this point in really good condition. As the season wears on, the roots start to dry up in the packages and then one ends up with plants that are not viable. I still buy some from the nurseries but they are more expensive. Plants growing in the windowsill just makes me feel like Winter is finally over! And this year, Winter has really worn out it's welcome!

I am so ready for Spring!

The case for buying your seeds EARLY!

I was in the city on Monday and had several variety of seeds that I was looking for. Perpetual Spinach was the only one that I could not find anywhere. I tried this variety last year and fell in love with it. It grows like Swiss Chard, does not bolt and grows all season long. I finally found it at the last store we went to and grabbed three packages, to make sure I had some for next year. Yes, I like it that much. It is a delicious Spinach variety and would be a great addition to green smoothies and your daily veggie juicing regime. 

Yes, I am ready to garden, now if the darn snow would just melt and the Winter storms stop coming....

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The great celery experiment!

I read on Pinterest that there are certain foods that one can regrow from vegetables we buy at the grocery store. One of them is celery. So of course being inquisitive,  I have to try it. Up here in Canuckland, it takes a long time for veggies to mature with our cooler growing season. So I love celery but I thought I'd give it a boost and start some of the plants in the house. I'm really curious to see if this works!

The method is plain and simple: Cut off the bottom of the stock and submerge a bit into the soil and water well. I am going to keep it moist because celery loves water. And I tucked it close to my seedlings under the grow light. Can't wait to see how this turns out!

Happy gardening!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Started my seeds last Sunday

I bought a indoor lamp system to start my seeds. I have plenty of large windows on the South side of my house but my seedlings still got spindly last year. I want strong plants to put outside. My new toy has grow light bulbs that provide the proper lighting for my seedlings to grow upwards towards. Hopefully, it works better than my sunny windows. 

I wanted to buy Heritage seeds and Organic seeds to start my small plants. I'm trying not to grow generically modified foods in my garden. So the Heritage seeds are old varieties that have been around for a long time. Organic means that they haven't been grown with chemicals. There is so much that we don't know about the foods we buy at the grocery store. I'm trying to be healthier and to put good things into my body and the bodies of my kids and husband. A lot of the problem is that genetically modified anything does not have to be disclosed on the packaging when one buys things in Canada. That includes food. If I don't choose to eat non GM foods and I want to buy genetically modified foods, that's my business. But I'm the opposite, I want to know, I should have that right to know what is going into my body. At least in my garden, I get to do that.

Happy gardening!