Thursday, January 21, 2010


Weren't we just in the midst of a bitter winter freeze a few days ago? How can I already be behind schedule on my spring gardening chores?

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musingegret said...

Love the renderings! I had marvelous success planting basil in a 5 gallon bucket last summer. It got bushier and bushier and the smell everytime I walked by it was so beguiling. Also consider pepper plants; I had one that produced little yellow slender fruit about an inch-and-a-half long. (don't remember the name)

At Home Depot I picked up a seed sprouter kit that worked! It was about 10" square and had 36 little indentions (like an ice-cube tray). Each cube held a dried, compressed pellet of material that magically blossomed into 'dirt' (growing medium) with the addition of water. I stuck a few jalapeno seeds into each and covered with the clear plastic lid and set it near a window. Voila! In a week I had little sprouts; they didn't get a chance to produce though 'cause I didn't plant them till summer's end.

Keep an eye on Craigslist--last year there were a couple of folks who were selling various herb seedlings for way cheaper than Wal-Mart or Depot.

Good luck with your sprouting and take pics!

P.S. Like you I can't beeeleeeeve the change in weather---isn't it wonderful?

Hill Country Hippie said...

I picked up a similar kit last week.

Hill Country Hippie said...

Oh yeah, and if you don't want to buy a kit, just cutting the bottom half off of plastic soda bottles and setting the tops, with lids, over individual small pots works pretty well too.

Anonymous said...

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musingegret said...

Becky, what a nifty idea about the half-pop-bottle-lids over small pots. Another frugal way to re-use plastic. I've been saving the big coffee containers from Sam's to cut down and use as grow pots come spring. Hadn't even thought about the clear plastic. Thanks again!