Planting Update Early June

We are not as far along as I would hope for with our planting this year, but we have managed to get most of our containers planted and going. I plan to keep adding to the garden over the next few weeks with plants that do well late in the season. We also lost a hydrangea bed that was on the north side of the house – not sure what happened to the plants, but we are going to transplant the survivors to other areas and transform that bed to a salad/shade herb garden. It will be an interesting shade garden experiment and I will post back with what does well.  Meanwhile, our tomatoes that were planted from seedlings are doing excellent.  We lost most everything else we tried to start from seed, I think next year I will try to plant them in the pots they will eventually be in.  Sneak peek of our deck renovation is also included – more pictures of the finished product to come soon!

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Organic Oyster Mushroom Kit

Mushroom KitI picked up an organic mushroom growing kit from the people at Back to the Roots to see if we could grow our own oyster mushrooms at home. Guess what, it worked! It will be interesting to see how many harvests we can get.

 

 

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Re-using food containers and toilet paper / paper towel rolls for growing seedlings is a great way to save money and the environment. In my opinion, any of these will work much better than most seed starters you can buy in the store (seed starters are just too small).

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I love the idea of deep mulching – this seems to be a great way to both fertilize the soil naturally and keep down weeds at the same time. When we have our “big garden” this is something we are definitely going to try!

Watering Plants With Ollas


Using ollas looks like a promising idea for saving water in the garden. I also like the idea that these would allow you to water less frequently (saving time) and weeding much less (also saving time). At this point in life, anything that saves time and money is a definite plus in my book!

I would use a real olla though, since I don’t like the idea of the silicone in my soil. Either that, or I will need to come up with a more natural alternative to it.

Overwintered Bell Peppers

Overwintered Bell PeppersI wasn’t sure how our experiment with overwintering bell peppers would end, especially toward the end of spring when the pepper plants looked very unhappy. Once the risk for frost was over, we transferred the living plants to new pots and hoped for the best. A few months later and we have peppers! This experiment was a success!

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I have total garden envy after watching this. This is similar to the garden I would like to plant once we move to a place with more land. I like this video because they share all of their mistakes so we have a chance to avoid repeating them. It also demonstrates how knowing how to preserve food efficiently will be important with a larger garden.

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This video had great tips for organic gardening. You may need to turn the volume up a bit, but I thought this video was great start for beginners (like me). The tip about planting seeds in larger containers if possible was an important one. I think that is what went wrong with our seedlings this year. Next year I plan to re-use the containers that came with our replacement plants from Organic Harvest.