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Oh How The Garden Has Grown

The above photo is not from the day that everything was planted. If you looking for that, look here. I added this photo because it was taken a month ago. Things have really taken off in the container garden in the last month. Even the tomato plant that has suffered from so much is happy. Somehow it is actually happier than the tomato plant that had no struggles in life. Go figure.

This little guy hanging out on the leaf of a sun flower is a wasp.

I have love hate feelings about Mr Wasp.

The hate comes from the fact that I am allergic to Mr wasps sting, or the sing from any of their children, should they decide to do so.

The love part? Well wasps lay their eggs directly onto inch worms which just so happen to have ravaged my plants last year. When the eggs hatch the larvae feed on Mr. Inchworm. Now your feelin the love, aren’t you?

But ugh, to be stung. My reaction gets worse with each sting. Fortunately it has been a few years since the last so, you know … I forgot how it really feels.

Hidden among the leaves in this photo is an inchworm. I actually caught him making his cocoon.

Did you find the worm? He blends in very well.

(It’s just above the Ma in Gemini Mama)

Those two ugly little guys are ladybug larvae. Yup ladybugs your offspring almost died because they are spiky and ugly. I need these bugs, badly, but I didn’t know what they were.

On the bud to the left of the flower the ladybug larvae are hanging out on, there are aphids and white flies. Armies and armies of them are all over my summer squash plant. I have stopped worrying about it. On several occasions I can say that I have been surprised it is still alive.

In order to actually grow squash and eat it, a male flower and female flower have to be open at the same time. Then pollination has to occur. Basically my plant can’t get its act together. The flowers continue to open opposite each other. So I have stopped trying to import ladybugs into my tiny space. I figured if they aphids had the squash to eat, they would leave the rest alone.

I finally did some research to determine what this weirdo ugly bug was. Ha ….. the lady bugs are now coming to me. Finally! What took so long? Oh, and could they bring some of their friends? I don’t think the five little guys I spotted are nearly enough.

I designed this planter after something I saw somewhere, some time, on face book. There were no instructions or anything, but after making self watering planters, I didn’t think any were necessary. From March to May the only thing in the entire planter was the lone strawberry plant.

I tried growing lettuce from seed in the bottom, but someone kept eating it, and it never grew to be edible for humans.

After two months my strawberry plant was sinking. With nothing to hold the soil in place it was just settling. A 6 pack of petunias saved the day (good thing I drilled 6 holes into that PVC). I selected them simply because they can tolerate the heat, and they are an annual. On K1’s birthday we planted Marigolds, that was actually our Earth day activity being they are the same day. I relocated a bunch of the marigolds from the egg crate they were in, into the bottom of this planter. I We are still waiting for them to bloom. Still. Any day now guys really.

A quick peek from today. Look at how much has grown in just the last month! Crazy.

What are you growing?


Simple Sunday

 I was excited a few weeks ago when one of the lemon seeds I planted finally sprouted. Quickly after there were two, as you can see in the photo.

Now there are many!

I find it strange that those first two sprouts are not the happiest or largest seedlings, but whatever.

Last time I counted there are about nine seedlings. I am excited because when I put them in the soil one seed already had some green coming out of it. I anticipated sprouts really quickly, but time kept passing by, and nothing. I thought I had bad seeds and just kept adding more seeds to the same cup of dirt. At one point I decided none of them were going to sprout, then all at once, they started popping up. Even now more green seedlings emerge every day. (Like two more yesterday).

First let me say I am not an expert.

Now that is out of the way, apparently lemon trees can grow in containers, and make great indoor plants. You can start them in a cup and they should not need transplanting for a year even if there are two seedlings.

How I did it

Use lemon; on fish, your hair, in food, lemonaide, however.
Keep seeds.
Wash them. Lemony pulp is no good for growing seeds.
Fill a glass halfway with water. Put all seeds in the water.
Throw away the ones that float. (they will not germinate) Place other seeds in soil.
Water soil. Until sprouts emerge soils needs to remain moist, but not swimming.
Place on a sunny window sil, and wait.

Note, if you live in a colder climate you may want to put cling wrap over the top to maintain moisture and warmth. I did not do that to test this, but allegidly it works.

Thats it your done!

Now go make some lemonaide and plant your free seeds with your children. They will love you for letting them play with dirt.

I feel I should add that these seeds do not sprout quickly and while this activity can be virtually free, it is not necessarily the best “plant” for impatient toddlers. In that case green beans are better. Either way this can be fun.


Recycled garden

Aloe vera, some button flower, cherry tree and cilantro
Welcome to what I like to call my recycled garden! 

I have now had the Aloe Vera so long that I can’t remember what it looked like when I got it. It did start as a small potted plant as did the Cilantro, and Christmas Cactus.

There remaining plants have been grown from seeds. I went through this phase of planting the seeds from the food I ate. So I saved seeds and tried my best to grow them. I do have an Avocado seed planted, however it’s not much to look at right now so no photo.


So you can’t see it in this photo but this is now the third round with lettuce from seed. After this I quit and will move on to something else. The photo to the right is about as large as the lettuce gets and then it just gives up. After talking to a lady at my knitting group she said that she and her husband have a hard time with lettuce. Something about tying it up and forcing it to head.         Ideas?

All my plants are in organic soil, and I use organic fertilizer. No I do not go to a store and buy fertilizer. I use trash! Ha ha, no I don’t compost. Not that I don’t want to but it’s not ideal for apartment life. I use coffee that is not consumed, used coffee ground, used tea leaves, and the water left after steaming vegetables. I have only had one plant complain, Basil. Basil was not a fan of coffee and it went and killed itself … I mean I killed it.

So I will be making two of these in the next week or two and I could use some help. I want to plant edibles or herbs in the top row of both of these, the rest can be whatever.

What do I plant?

One will be in indirect sunlight all the time, but it gets fairly warm. The second one will get more sun and super hot. I would love to hear your suggestions.

Do you have an indoor/outdoor garden? Do you use your wasted items in it?

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