Archive for April, 2009
Today instead of writing an article, I’ve decided to show you what I am going to plant on my balcony. Balcony and two windows allows me to plant vegetables and herbs in one-room apartment. I am going to grow cucumbers, tomatoes, dill, onions, sage and so on. I’ve already made some preparations and installed a container on the balcony. I plan to buy and build some more in order to plant all vegetables outside when the weather gets warmer. So do you want to see my one room flat? Then watch these videos.
On the 30 of March I wrote that you can grow tomatoes upside down. You can do the same with cucumbers and peppers as well. The idea is great and it saves a time as vegetables grow faster so you can harvest them about 4 weeks earlier. You can make upside down tomato planter from a bucket or you can buy it on Amazon.
Today I want to write about planting vegetables upside down as I saw a lot of questions on the gardening forums about that. The instructions are simple.
1) Grow seedlings from home garden seeds. Grow seedlings for big types of tomatoes, pepers or cucumbers. Small sorts will die.
2) Insert the plant into the basket/bucket/upside down tomato planter. You can put it in plant first, or root first. If the plant has a very small root ball, put in root first. Stop at the base of the plant, just beyond the roots. Hold the plant steady.
3) Add potting soil. You can ask someone to add it when you hold the plant. Then spread the roots into the soil so the plant will stay put and after that add more soil.
4) Water the tomato plant from the top of the bucket every day. Note that upside down tomato planter will become heavier as the tomatoes grow on the plant. So make sure you hook them properly.
Garden gnomes are very popular in Europe. According to Wikipedia the first garden gnomes were made in Germany in the mid-1800s by Philip Griebel. In general it is cute statues. But today I’ve found something more useful. Actually this is not a garden gnome. However I think it is even better solution for the garden. Why? Well, just imagine: dark night, the thief knows what you are sleeping on the second floor and plans to go through your garden, brake a lock and enter your house in order to get something precious from the first floor. He climbs over the fence in your garden and sees this …
So why we should spend money on expensive security alarms? We can buy this cute garden zombie who’ll guard us better 😉
It is currently on Amazon for 89.95$.
Let’s cut the long story short: a few weeks after struggling to find the cheapest paper pot maker, I found a letter in my inbox from the nice guy from USA who makes a next generation paper pot makers! They are even better than the wooden ones as
1) They are made from vinyl, NOT from wood so by buying them you save a forests. 😉
2) They are VERY cheap in comparison with the wooden ones. So you save your money!
3) Other pot making devices require you to struggle getting potting soil into the pot, properly moistened and compressed without damaging the pot you just made. So you save your time and nerves!
He offered me to become a dealer and of course I agreed. I’ve made a new page where you can buy Next Generation Paper Pot Maker for just 9.93$! This is an amazing price for such gadget and it is currently the lowest price on the Web!
So from now on if you are looking to buy one this is the right place to do that. I am not kidding and I am so sure this is the lowest price that I promise to send you the difference back if you’ll find this tool any cheaper. However I do not recommend you to do that as it is waste of time. You could spend it in the garden 😀
The other news a wanted to share with you all: I’ve reduced the price for home garden seeds from 5$ to 3.99$ in order for you to be able to save a dollar because of the financial crisis. 😉 And the shipping is FREE by the way.
At the end I want to thank all people who has signed to my RSS feed and who has requested to receive updates via email. That means someone likes what I am writing about and it makes me think that the popularity of organic living will continue to grow. Thank you all! Let’s force the world to change!
Sorry for 1 week break – I took a break from my Internet life and went fishing. Unfortunately I didn’t catch anything – the weather is still too cold and windy. Also I almost lost my wedding ring – it went off my finger and flew into the river while I was shaking the dirt off my trousers. So I had to take my shoes off and go into the cold waters (the water was about -5 C ) in order to take it. Anyway, let’s go back to our home garden seeds, plants and soil.
I wrote about upside down tomato planter recently and gave a link to Amazon where you can buy it for 13.99$. The price as affordable however for those who count their pennies I’ve got a video that shows you how to make your own upside down tomato planter! All you need to have is a bucket, soil (I recommend to use organic potting soil for best results), coffee filter or newspaper and a knife. Enjoy the video, guys!
Ok, guys, first of all I want to write some facts about cucumbers: according to Wikipedia cucumber originated in India. It has been cultivated for at least 3,000 years in Western Asia, and was possibly brought to Europe by the Romans. The first records of cucumber cultivation
in France are dated by the 9th century, in England – 14th century, and in North America by the mid-16th century. Cucumber contains loads of rare vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C. It also contains Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc… Impressive isn’t it? Ok, now, let’s talk about planting cucumbers.
You can grow cucumbers in container or in your garden. Before taking them outside I would recommend you to plant home garden seeds inside and wait for a seedlings.
1) Before planting them in the garden you have to find a sunny place as cucumbers like sun. They also require growing space so you need to bear that in mind. If you have a small garden and don’t have enough space you can use vertical structures such as trellises.
2) Cucumbers like warm weather. The average temperatures should be about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. So plant cucumbers in the late spring or early summer when there is no risk of frost. Remember that even a light frost can kill these vegetables.
3) What soil to use? Cucumbers are not picky about type of soils but you have to make sure that your soil is well-draining and has a pH of around 6.5. I would advice to add organic compost to your garden soil before you plant cucumbers. It will reach the soil with nutrients and your cucumbers will grow strong and healthy.
Have a look on my home garden seeds for sale!