Category: Gardening

Our Garden – May 2018

Our Garden – May 2018

Our plants are flourishing!

I think it’s been about 7 weeks since I started these seeds. They did very well when I hardened them off and transplanted them into their containers. We have had lots of hot and sunny days. This has been great for their growth. Since being outside, they have more than tripled in size. The back of our house gets the most sun throughout the day, but when it rains too much I hide them around the side of the house where there is more protection. We had a couple days where I was worried they would get crushed by the rain and blown by the wind. 

6 tomatoes

9 peppers

lots of beets!

1 zucchini

2 cucubers

15 peas

2 parsley

3 things I have learned this month

Plants are more resilient than we might think! I had to replant my peas plants about 3 times because they were outgrowing their containers. I never realized how much space each plant would ACTUALLY need. I am going to replant my cucumbers and peppers because I have crowded the containers too much.

Just like last month – ONLY water if they are dry. Even if the dirt looks dry, stick your finger down and make sure it is. Because it has rained so much I haven’t needed to water any of the plants for about a week. I went out today to check them because it had stopped raining and I noticed that even though the dirt looked dry, they were still wet. 

I also only water in the morning before the hot sun comes out or later in the evening. Some plants will get burned if their leaves are wet in the hot sun. Other plants will have troubles growing their roots because they are too warm and wet. 

You might lose some plants.. I noticed that some of the plants in my beet container had shriveled and died. I picked them out so they don’t clutter the pot. I’m not sure if they will grow back or why they died, but their will be some plants that don’t survive the transplanting. I think their roots were damaged when I replanted them. Just be aware that you might not be able to save all your plant babies.

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Our Garden – April 2018

Our Garden – April 2018

1 week after planting seeds

Check out my previous article for tips on seed starting. 

After planting the seeds I watered them everyday. I noticed some sprout up and others were taking longer. Because we live in a basement suite, I put them on our kitchen counter where we have lots of sun coming through the window. I also put the on our bed once Mike is awake – the window in our bedroom has the most light in the house. Beckett can’t reach them here either! He almost pulled them off the table because they were too close to the edge. 

3 Things I learned this week!

The seedlings need to be watered. But NOT everyday. This creates mold and fungus on the soil and can rot your seeds and roots. I lost all of my onions, and all of the seeds in my green planter because they were too wet.

The egg cartons keep the soil wet and moist for a lot longer than I thought. – TIP use your finger to check if the soil needs to be watered. Put your finger in the soil about an inch to see if there is enough moisture. It’s okay if the soil looks dry. It might not be dry deeper down where the seed and roots are. 

I also learned that not all seeds will sprout. Even if you plant 2 seeds together, they may not germinate. If seeds are too old, not the right temperature, or too much water, they won’t sprout. So make sure to plant extra if you are worried. I planted 3 cucumbers seeds and 4 zucchini seeds. 2 cucumbers sprouted and only 1 zucchini sprouted. So I am hoping to be able to plant some more once we can buy more soil.

Check your local Walmart, Superstore, Home depot, or Canadian Tire for soil. Some stores won’t carry any soil until later April or the beginning of May. I found some soil at Home Hardware $6 for a tiny bag. Barely enough to use for starting seeds. When we went to Superstore to buy more soil for transplanting the sprouts, it was $4 for 40L!!! I could hardly believe it. 

Next stage

The seeds are about 4 weeks old in this photo. I moved the peas to a bigger container because they were growing right out of the egg cartons!!