I 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.
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).
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!
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.
I like the idea of using compost and eggshells as fertilizer. I wouldn’t recommend coffee grounds though unless they were organic.
I 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!
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.
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.
Our container garden is doing quite well this year! After an early on loss of most of our seedlings (I have not yet mastered the art of transplanting seedlings), I ordered organic vegetable plants online and replanted our garden. I would say things are going quite well with our garden tower and our second batch of plants!
I had a few doubts about whether or not the garden tower would work at first, but those have been quickly put to rest. I am definitely going to order a second tower for our deck next year. Even our neighbor who thought I was nuts for this purchase is impressed with how well it is working.
Some day, hopefully in the NEAR future we can raise some chickens. This method seems to make much more sense than the alternative. Pretty nice coop too!