Enigmatic Postcard

One of my favorite things in the whole world is receiving mail.

Not bills or ads.

Anything that is personal.

Someone being thoughtful.

A couple of days ago my roomie brought in this little number!

Have any of you wise and wonderful beings seen these?

Neat and sweet.

Just a matter of One, Two, Three, wait and see.

And I received this from mi Madre! I’m enjoying all the thoughtful mail sent gifts.

Read up on these babies. Contender Beans poppin’ up every where.

I can’t wait to use them in a home cooked stirfry.

Our elephants are looking awesome! I love the trunk flowers.

There is so many sprouts growing up. Everyday I learn something new about my plants. The book mi Madre sent has been a great teacher for growing my plants in their ideal environments. The weather is not predictable but what I do can be.

HAPPY GARDENING FELLOW GREEN THUMBS!

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The Elephant in the Room

Everyday there is a new chance to create something fun that makes you smile.

Arts and Crafts have taken over this house.

Here is my roomies idea of using his old laundry detergent bottles.

This is mine.

He’s a nerd .

We planted some african daisies, a yellow flower I cannot pronounce and poppies.

He is my roomies.

Simply adorable.

My friend Toasty passed on this Eggcellent use of eggshells.

The seedlings are loving it!!

Teacup Poppy .

I didn’t realize how many attempts it would take to grow cilantro from seeds.

They love the sun but my garage operation for seedling growth is their most successful spot.

Some serious cilantro now!

Four different kinds of lettuce loving the sunlight.

A little update on the seed operation.

It makes the garage one of my favorite sitting spots.

A place of Peace, Joy and Life.

Mint to Live in Sweet Prosperity

NEW LOVE

I am obsessed with any normal plant thriving in water alone. 

I think it is absolutely enthralling. 

Maybe its the chance to watch the roots grow.

Or maybe it is the fact that our aquatic transplants are growing better then their earth-bound friends.

Awesome Sweet Corn…

Incredible Sweet Corn…

Salvaged Shame

We originally left our broccoli plant to return to the earth.

But he stayed green long enough we have decided to see if it’s possible to save him.

So far so good…

Stare closely.

You can see the hairs of roots beginning.

It was just a sad rootless stalk before this fish tank transfer.

Cloning

I really like the idea of growing plants from clippings.

So I tried with a number of plants at the house but the only one I put in water was the Sweet Mint that has now take root.

TOP VIEW

No Dirt?? No Problem Part II

Yesterday was an eventful day for the house.

A lot of creative energy buzzing and swirling about.

I don’t have the largest garden budget and love to venture beyond the typical use of soil.

Dustin, being the innovative engineer he is, created our first models of the aquaponics creations we have now scatter around the house.

The long root is the sweet corn Dustin placed in.

The Ballon Mollys think I’m feeding them.

The left one, Jabba the Hut, is prego.

I got so excited I made Dustin create a floater for some Sweet Mint.

Then when you wander outside…

More seedlings galore!

Tonto standing guard.

Used a restaurant size Balsamic Dressing jug, a bath squishy and styrofoam  to float.

My first one is a Pond Pumpkin.

They say pumpkins need a lot of water…

My Wednesday Wonderland

THIS IS MY WEDNESDAY MORNING . . .

I can’t wait to make these suckers into Poppers.

They look delicious enough to eat.

Patience.

Henry amazes me every morning.

Another Cucumber!!!

My roomies’ Pineapple going crazy.

Corn.

Pumpkin.

Cantaloupe.

Lemon.

Cilantro.

Okra.

Carrots.

Snack Pack Gone Wild.

Counted 4 Watermelons birthing.

I LOVE TOMATOS!

This is Elton John our first Koi fish.

I got him for 5 bucks when he was teeny weeny.

He’s not teeny weeny any more!

Tranquility at its finest.

I hope you’re enjoying your garden just as much as I enjoy mine!

Experiment #2 : No Dirt, No Problem

My beginners instinct was to plant the entire packet of seeds.

I have now learned to save most and try out a few to start .

My first seed to sprout was one out of 4 packets of veggies I purchased.

Where this original lettuce sprout ended up growing was not a great place for the roots.

Now here he flourishes in my kitchen window . . . .

Windowsill.      

No Maintenance.      

Greatness.

MATERIALS :

  • Any Size Bottle (still has the lid)
  • Shower Squishy
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Fertilized Water

I like to give credit where credit is due. My boyfriend and I worked on this model off of this instructables idea.

http://www.instructables.com/id/hydroponic-lettuce-garden-from-plastic-bottles-Gr/

The only thing different is that we covered the entire bottle in aluminum foil instead of just around the bottom where the roots grow. This is to prevent algae growth. 

Snack Pack Sprouts

Good Morning fellow plant lovers!

This is today’s beautiful discovery that I could not wait to share with you.

I have been trying out all the ways I have read online for growing seeds. I truly prefer to reuse products that we would normally toss even though they are reusable and recyclable.  So far, my favorite is this simple and easy method …

Swiss Rolls and Sweet Corn. Two of my favorite things. 

I of course create a source of drainage with a few holes and a number of small fish tank pebbles along the bottom. I do not use the colored fish tank pebbles because warm water causes the color to flake off.