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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Container Garden Update 9/19/15 - Cucumber Demise

So the cucumbers are completely dead...
I ripped them out and gave the waste to the worms.

I thinned out the Basil really well. It needed to be thinned long time ago. Hopefully they will give me more growth.

I have a bunch of tomatoes growing which I am super excited about!

The lettuce is definitely on its way out. Not doing much of anything except dying... LoL

The red okra is hanging on... Leaves keep dropping... I pulled the other one because I am not sure if 2 in a pot will do very well, but we will see.

Everything else is doing pretty well. I added more soil to some of the pots to give the plants more stability. I need to add soil to the tomatoes but have not because of the basil in the pot. It is pretty low so I will have to pull those up to add the soil and then place them back.

I have sprouts popping up everywhere from the pots I added seeds to last week!!

And finally.. I added Sage and Everbearing Cucumbers to the pots I removed the dead cucumbers from. Interested in seeing how these cucumbers grow! The last did very well in putting out its first batch but the ones that came after were very lacking.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Starting Seeds - Cilantro & Tomatoes

I really want to grow cilantro in our container garden. I have had so much trouble with growing this among a few others. They always die or just never sprout. I read up and learned that it is best practice for better germination to soak and split the seeds. I definitely didn't know about this before, but lets see how well it works!

Even though I have 5 tomato plants growing I do want a different variety of tomato in our container garden. I decided to plant some Black Krim tomatoes, which are a dark brown/burgundy/purple color.

After the camera went off I decided to go ahead and plant some Red Cherry tomatoes as well. We eat them a lot and I think it will be great to have them readily available for salads an cooking.

I do also want to plant some Sage and just might do that in the container that has the tired cucumber in it. I do think that may need to come out... Soon.

The next day I decided that I really wanted some peppers as well. The ones I put in the sprouting tray didn't do anything. I wanted to try again. This time I used styrofoam cups so they will have a better germination rate and will transplant easily once they get big enough.

I'm going to cross my fingers and hope I get some or all to sprout!!

That will make me super happy!

I'm totally obsessing over gardening right now and I love it! I even started a compost pile in my Geobin for next year. Sage will probably be planted later tonight...

Monday, September 14, 2015

Container Garden Update - Cucumber Blight!! 9/13/15

So my cucumbers have...... Dun dun dunnnnn..... Blight!!

The leaves look disgusting!! Also my new cucumbers are growing very weird and curling all over the place. Interestingly enough the plant that has two in the pot has more cucumbers on it right now than the other two have had since I started growing them.

I chopped off a bunch of the bad leaves, as well as some good. I got rid of the weed that decided to jump in there. I do need to spray the plant with some baking soda water to stop the spread and make my cucumbers healthy again! I will probably rip out the one that had the nasty looking root that I also chopped the good leaves off of... I might plant more cucumbers. I might plant something else. I am not sure what just yet.

The tomatoes are developing flowers all over the place and I am super excited about it! I cant wait!!

The Basil is growing pretty well. I am just waiting for them to get taller so that I can harvest some of the leaves. I want to make some pesto!!

I put more seeds in the chives and lemongrass so that it will fill in a little more and I will have more to harvest at one time.

I have no Idea what is going on with the lettuce. It is definitely on the way out, so I will probably throw some more seeds in there and try to grow some more. I put it under a grow light since I think it wasn't getting enough sun in the spot that it was in. I'm really sad about that because I was really hoping to have a really nice salad garden going for us!

Aside from the lettuce being a total fail and the blighted cucumbers, everything else looks really great!

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Harvesting Cucumbers 9/6/2015

Our first Harvest!!!

2 of our cucumbers were big enough to be able to harvest! We were super excited about this and the boys each were able to harvest their own cucumber! They immediately took them and chopped them up so everyone could taste the fruits of our labor! Then my Lady took them and made pickles... I am interested to see how those come out!

I am seeing tons of flowers on the tomato plants and cant wait till we can harvest our first tomatoes!!

Gardening is awesome!!

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Tons of Cucumbers and Tomato Flowers!! 9/2/15

I am getting so many cucumbers all of a sudden!! Im impatiently waiting for my tomatoes to do the same...

I had a really hard time filming this video! It was just so loud outside this day!! Plus the kids were interrupting me like crazy... One of them poured water out of a second floor window, which then spilled all over me!!

What a mess...

Friday, September 04, 2015

Trash can style Flow Through Worm Bin

I set up a new trash can style flow through worm bin so that I could have a prettier and more efficient way to create worm castings. I cut a hole in the bottom of the back of the trash can and drilled some holes a few inches above it. I used zip ties to weave through the holes for the contents to sit on top of.

I then used a piece of cardboard to line the bottom for the bedding to sit on top of. I added some of the contents from the other box along with some of the worms and some leftovers for them to feed on. I then topped with some newspaper and there you have it!!

So now whenever one of the kids has leftovers they can just toss them in there as if they were throwing away trash normally. 

Since I added the 1,000 worms I have TONS more castings in my bins and they are going through everything very fast! I am happy about that because I will be able to harvest some soon and add to my containers.

I will be interested in seeing how much food waste I can process with this system.

I am not sure how well I will be able to keep up with them now!!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Weekend Gardening 8/29/2015

We have had some amazing growth in our garden!! The Cucumbers are looking great and getting bigger everyday! Everything is growing very well and I am so excited about it!

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