Eggshells & Some Seed Updates

| March 12, 2016

One of the most valuable things that our chickens provide us with are eggshells. We use a coffee grinder to crush our eggshells into a very fine powder and use it as a calcium supplement for the chickens. So the eggshells are essentially just going in one large circle from egg to powder to egg […]

More Seeds and Some Seedlings

| March 5, 2016

The first seeds of the year have sprouted. 🙂 We noticed the first few on Thursday and even more yesterday and today. The strawflowers were up on Thursday so they only took 3 days and several onion pots are poking through after 6 days. The shallots have started and our Tokyo spring onions are by […]

Flower Seeds & Some Mold/Gnat Control

| February 29, 2016

Yesterday morning we started a whole bunch of flower seed. The past few years I haven’t been as into the flowers as I am the veggies but this year is completely different. I have fallen in love with growing flowers. 🙂 In fact, whenever I see a flat of little green flower seedling being carried […]

Starting Our First Seeds of 2016

| February 27, 2016

We have started our first seeds for the year. Tonight we set up our grow stands in the kitchen and planted our celery, onions and shallots. Starting next week we’ll be doing a lot more. Zebrune Shallots Onions – Yellow of Parma, Long Red Florence, Yellow Borettana, Red Weathersfield, Giallo di Milano, Rosa di Milano, […]

New Seed Starting Apparatus

| February 26, 2016

At our last garden club meeting one of the members brought some valentines treats in for everyone. They were store bought cupcakes and were very good! We decided to take the container that they came in and had the idea of using it for a propagating/seed starting house. We took some rosemary cuttings*, some pineapple […]

How to Make Seed Tags

| March 10, 2013

It is getting to be that time of year when we start planting our first seeds. We spent the day planting out over a dozen varieties of flowers and in the process we discovered we had no way of labeling which plots of seeds we had planted. So we got a little clever. If you […]

Muncher Cucumber, Tomato and Pepper Seedlings

| April 4, 2012

I am very happy to say that we had an excellent germination rate for all of out tomatoes. Every single one came up, from what I can tell! They are all growing happily under our grow lights and are not bolting up like last year, due to lack of light. Our muncher cucumbers had a […]

Milano Onion and Falltime Leek Seedlings

| March 31, 2012

When our onion and leek seeds came up, I totally forgot to post about it..but they are up! The leeks had a very nice germination rate, at well over 90% coming up. The onions were a bit less, hovering around 50%, which is very sad to me. At least we have some coming up, so […]

Radish and Lettuce Seedlings

| March 29, 2012

Our radish and lettuce seedlings have come up! They were up almost a week ago, actually, but I never got around to posting about it. The radishes came up very nice, as you can see. Nearly all of them came up. We are going to be swimming in radishes! The lettuce on the other hand, […]

Planting Chard, Kale and Beets

| March 28, 2012

It is the season for planting cool season crops, and we are going in full steam. I have never planted cool season crops in a deliberate way before. I usually just planted and hoped that things grew, rather than planning what I plant, when I plant it and how I plant it. This year marks […]