Since this weeks theme is #itching4spring... I've got a few posts I will be sharing that will range from fun to functional.
Last week I did a quickie post on how to use peat pellets here: http://www.hometalk.com/999009/thyme-to-sow As a result, there was several questions about how to grow them AFTER they are planted. Sow I dug up ( yep, garden puns, lol ) some pics to better explain how I've done this indoors over the years.
Please read through the other posts comments as well...several people contributed brilliant tips to that feed that are worth reading :)
Ok, the pics are awful because they were taken pre-blogging days and not intended to share. I turned off the over head lights when taking the pics to better show the light distribution from the grow lights.
This method is using seedling trays with inserts. Notice my trays are not solid bottoms...well that's because I never watered over head...I would dunk these into a fertilizer solution and allow the cells to float on top. As the soil imbibed and the cells began to sink ( several minutes ) I would pull the tray out and throw in another.
In our last home I grew these in the laundry room. I just made the frames from cheap lumber to hang the lights off. A couple of years before that, I started seeds in the guest bedroom in an apartment. I used inexpensive industrial wood shelving and hung the shop lights off that. I used one cool bulb and one warm bulb to mimic a full spectrum of light raising the light as the seedlings grew. I also had the light on a timer to simulate the longer days of spring.
I'm just a simple gardener and certainly there are better methods out there, but this is how I made due on little space and little $$ a few years back, and my plants grew just fine. Click on the pics to get the full explanations... I hope this inspires you to get growing too! #gardening
Each year I enjoy working in my vegetable garden. It is just large enough to give me the variety that we like. I've tried to design it in a manner that enables me to not only rework it
each year, but to maintain it throughout the growing season. The photos are from two different years. I prepare the ground by cultivating it with a tiller. I then add miracle grow dirt and mix it in, and I use Miracle Grow Liquid Fertilizer. I do this each year. The landscape logs are two high so I can keep adding dirt. I'm also working with Georgia clay. The mulch allows me easy access to the plants and helps keep the weeds under control. I have the water connected to my sprinkler system. I also use a portable sprinkler at times.