Archive for February, 2007

Onion Experiment

In Organic Gardening Magazine, I read an article about planting the ends of green onions in dirt. They had a really neat picture of the white parts of the onions in potting soil and another picture of the same onions all grown and ready to use. I decided to give it a try. We made a layered bean dip the other night and I asked my fiancee to save the bottoms of the green onions. The article suggest using loamy soil but I just stuck it in the same soil I have an avocado pit in (the avocado pit will take a while to root so why not). I assumed it would take a while but to my surprise, the next morning, it already had some growth to it! Take a gander:

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More seed starting…

Seeds I started yesterday are:

  • Kung pao peppers
  • Onions while lisbon bunching
  • Impatiens
  • Egg plant black beauty
  • Marigold-French and Safari mix
  • Chamomile
  • Catnip
  • Echinacea pullido
  • Nicotiana
  • Larkspur
  • Sweet William

I hope I have enough garden space for all this! I don’t mind a crowded garden! This year, I don’t want to see any dirt! LOL 🙂

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It’s Official, I’m Addicted to Seed Starting

This is my first official year of seed starting! Last year, I started seeds a little late in the year but I promised myself that I would start earlier this year. Yesterday, I planted some long thin cayenne peppers. Those will be super spicy. I’m planting them for my dad for father’s day. He loves spicy foods and I hope this plant will produce a lot of peppers for him to eat!!!

Tomorrow, I have the day off so I’ll start some more seeds! I’m going to start Kung Pao Peppers today and I’ll give my dad those plants too. He’ll have a variety of peppers to choose from! I also plan on starting the following:

  • Kung Pao Peppers
  • Onions White Lisbon Bunching
  • Impatens
  • Eggplant Black Beauty
  • Marigold Safari mix and dwarf mixed
  • Chamomile
  • Catnip
  • Echinacea
  • Nicotiana (white)
  • Larkspur
  • Sweet William

I’m so glad I got enough peat pellets from Wally world. I got several boxes of Jiffy-7, 72 peat pellets in each box. It ended up costing me around $.05 per peat pellet! What a deal!

I’m also going to finish packing the seeds for my trade with quartney from yougrowgirl.

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Package from Thompson and Morgan

I got my Thompson and Morgan package today! I bought 12 transplant pots and 4 water wizards (for watering). I got all of this for only $4.00 (the cost of shipping). Here’s a picture of the contents:

I already screwed the wizards onto the 2-liter bottles to make sure it fits and it does! I also got some free seeds for ordering too. I received some ornamental corn and echium seeds (don’t have the slightest idea what this is) for free too!

I also started some more tomato and pepper seeds last night. I was planning on giving out a few to my coworkers as a kind gesture. Here’s what I planted last night:

  • Pepperocini Peppers
  • Spicy Peppers
  • Sweet 100 Tomato
  • Patio Hybrid Tomato
  • Tiny Tim Tomato
  • Roma Tomato

The weather has been up and down lately: one day it’s sunny and the other day it’s raining. I guess that’s a sign of spring. Only 1 month before the last frost date! I can’t wait for the frost date to come.

Regardless, I’m still gardening outside. I have some cool season vegetables outside: peas, chard, radishes, lettuces, onions and garlic, etc and some of my bulbs I planted in the fall are sprouting and blooming already (who knew!).

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Garden Organization

Tuesday was a gardening clean-up/organization day. I filled all my containers with dirt just to ensure that I had enough soil for all my containers. Lo and behold, I didn’t have enough. I’ll be trekking to Lowes in the next couple of days to get more soil. Sigh…This year I’m using a potting soil called, “Gardener’s Potting Soil”. It looks and feels great! I hope it’ll perform this year. I also got their compost too. Great stuff!

I’m attempting to have a container garden this year since I might be moving to an upstairs apartment in which I won’t have any land to garden with but instead a balcony. I hope everything I attempt to grow in containers will be successful. I bought these watering caps that screw onto 2 liter pop bottles from Thompson and Morgan so I hope they’ll maintain the water consistency in my soil. Fingers crossed!

The weatherman predicted rain for this week so I wanted to have everything clean and tidy and sheltered for the rain.

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Seed Trade List

Beans-scarlett runner
Beans-purple podded variety or any variety
Pea/Bean inoculant
Sweet or hot peppers
Tomatoes, any variety
Coleus seeds, any variety
Sweet peas
Bok Choi
Swiss Chard (Bright Lights)
Eggplant (small size variety)
Container veggies

Aster, Crego Mixed Color
Baby’s Breath
Bird’s Eyes
Black Eyed Susan
Butterfly Bush
Yellow Catchfly
Chelone Turtlehead Pink
Chinese Forget Me Not
Chrysanthemum, Summer Festival
Cosmos, Sensation Mixed
DaylilyFalse Sunflower
Forget Me Not, Blue Alpine
Helianthus, Lemon Queen
Helichrysum tall double mixed
Hollyhock, Majorette Mix
Hollyhock, Burgandy
Maltese Cross lychnis chalcedonica
Marigold Petite Yellow
Marigold French Dwarf
Marigold Madness
Marigold, Safari Mix
Monarda Lambada Bee Balm
Morning Glory, Mixed Colors
Poached Eggplant
Poppy, Oriental
Poppy, Shirley
Purple Majesty Millet
Rose Campion
Snap Dragon, 1st Ladies Mixed Colors
Snap Dragon, Tall Deluxe Mixed ColorsStock
Sweet William tall double mixed
Sunflower maximillion
Sunflower (tall growing variety)
Trumpet Vine
Zinnia, Giant Double Flower

Lemon Basil

Beans, Top Crop
Beans, Kentucky Wonder
Beans, French Filet
Beans, Yellow Wax
Broccoli, De Cicco
Brussels Sprouts, Catskill
Cabbage, Early Golden Acre
Cantaloupe (sweet)
Carrot, Chantenay
Carrots, Danvers Half Long
Cucumber, Poinset 76
Eggplant, Cloud 9
Lettuce, Grand Rapids Tipburn Resistant
Lettuce, Oriental Leaf Mix
Lettuce, Black Seeded Simpson
Okra, Clemson Spineless
Peas, Sugar Snap
Pepper, Jalapeno
Pepper, Ornamental
Pumpkin, Jack-O-Lantern
Pumpkin, Triple Treat
Radish, French Dressing
Swiss Chard, rainbow mix
Tomato, heirloom
Tomato, Marglobe
Turnip, Green-Seven TopTurnip, Tokyo Cross Hybrid
Watermelon, Crimson Sweet
Watermelon, Sugar Baby


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Flower Seeds

On Saturday, I planted a lot of flower seeds. I decided to plant them outside because I don’t have much room on my grow shelves until I transplant my lettuce seeds. The weatherman says it will rain in the next couple of days so I’m going to wait to transplant the lettuce seedlings on Friday.

Here’s a list of the flowers I planted on Saturday:

  • Cupea Matchless (Cigar Plant)
  • Physalis Alkekengi (Chinese Lanterns)
  • Hollyhocks (Majorette Mix and Burgandy)
  • Shasta Daisy (Alaska)
  • Calendula (Pacific Beauty)
  • Tithonia Torch (Mexican Sunflower)
  • Aster (Crego Mixed Colors)
  • Morning Glory (Mixed Colors)
  • Marigold (Petite Mixed Colors)

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