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Self Watering Seed Starting Kits

I found something interesting today related to seed starting.  The older I get, the more I think I should simplify. I was looking around on line for some cool indoor containers that would be fun to grow basil seeds and found this cute little kit.  It seems a bit pricey, but it looks sleek and contained. This unit is self contained and includes: a grow light a self watering system with water reservoir cartridges of special soil with seeds already embedded in them (evidently these are re-usable)   How it works: According to the video, you pop in a pre-planted seed thingy that has the perfect amount of nutrients, special soil, etc. all in a cartridge of sorts. pop in a cartridge, fill a reservoir with water, and plug it in. Self watering seeds are a go.   Who Could Benefit from a Product Like This: It could potentially be awesome if you are one of those crazy busy people who wants fresh basil, but can’t handle one more thing to remember to take care …

An easy way to keep soil from leaking out of the drainage holes in your flower pots.

A New Way to Prevent Soil From Leaking Out of Flower Pots

A New Way to Prevent Soil From Leaking Out of Flower Pots Well, new to me anyway. While visiting with family over the past weekend, I learned a great new tip passed down from my hubby’s grandma, down to his mom, and now to me.  It’s the coolest thing I’ve learned all summer!  Yes, I am a nerd, but I know you will come to appreciate the genius in the simplicity of this tip.  Are you ready? Coffee Filters!  Yes, coffee filters! They make an excellent screen/filter to place over the hole in the bottom of your ornamental flower pots.  They are readily available in most kitchens, and they filter the water through the pot without leaving that filthy muck under your pots throughout the summer.  Thank you, Grandma Mary!  You.  Are.  Awesome! What a great idea!  I think everyone should be giving this a try.

I Garden Because I Can….Pun Intended

Why do you like gardening? This is a poem I wrote about what gardening means to me, during the summer of 2012, when my family and I took on a huge garden plot…we planted around 100 tomato plants, thinking only a few would survive…but almost all of them did! I was in over my head, and it was so much work, but it was an experience I’ll never forget! Since then, I have taken on much smaller gardens, only planting about 6 tomatoes a year.

Starting Basil Indoors

How to Start Basil In Your Kitchen I just got a question from Shaina about how to start basil so she could have fresh herbs in her kitchen.  Basil is an easy one to germinate, or start from seed.  And fresh basil tastes wonderful in so many dishes.  So this one is for you, Shaina, hope this helps:) First and foremost, you’ll need some seeds!  Below are links to where you can order some of my favorite varieties!  And there are tons of different kinds of Basil! As I was hunting for links for Basil seeds and looking at pictures of this delicious herb, I began smelling Basil!  I told my family, “Man, all of this talk about Basil is making me so hungry, I am starting to smell it!!!”  Then I walked into the kitchen and realized that my son, Harrison, was eating his breakfast, leftover angel hair pasta with basil pesto mixed in!   Getting Started Potting Soil Prep:   One thing that nobody seems to tell you is that potting mix is …

What to do before bringing your house plants, like this hibiscus, indoors, in the fall.

Houseplants: 8 Things to Remember When Bringing Them Indoors For the Winter

Fall is here, and the house plants you set outdoors for the summer are looking beautiful….how do you continue this beauty trend after you bring them indoors for the winter? Read more…