You may remember me talking about greenhouses last month, well, I bought one. No, not one of those lovely larger outdoor beauties (I WISH), but an indoor zippered greenhouse with shelves. They have them at Big Lots for $20. Here it is with my starters going strong:
And HERE is my heirloom tomato plants growing heartily! If it looks like there's too many in each cup, that's because there is. We gardeners sometimes plant more than one seed, just in case one doesn't germinate, then 'thin' them. Well, I hate thinning...not because of the work, but because I HATE throwing perfectly good plants away. So, tomorrow my bestie is coming by with her starter cells, and as I thin the weeker ones out, she's going to plant them into her flats. This way, none will go to waste!! I HATE waste!! Don't they look lovely?! They're gorgeous!
Friday, April 15, 2011
I love the smell of basil...so I grew at least 5 varieties last year, and have started about 7 or so varieties for this year. Below is the picture of the dried and bagged seed harvest of my basil plants from last year. I think it's safe to say I have plenty of basil seeds, lol...especially since each tiny pod holds no less than 2 tiny black seeds, with some holding up to 5! If you're in need of some basil seeds, let me know...maybe we can do a seed swap or something.
You've heard how marigolds among your plants help to keep the bugs away, but did you know that basil does an even BETTER job? The marigolds work from the roots, not the greens or flowers, so they help keep those kinds of bugs that like bore, or head for the root and such, but BASIL will help keep your garden smelling WONDERFUL, AND once mature, will keep the mosquitos to a minimum for while you're working in the garden in the evenings, plus many other bugs. I planted a gorgeous boxwood basil about every 2 feet along the outside of my raised bed on both sides of the tomato bed....and you know what? we had NO bugs in our garden AT ALL! none, zilch, and only occassionally had to swat a mostiquito...the basil works perfect. Also, keep a pot of basil growing outside on or near your patio, for when you entertain, to help keep the mostiquitos away (or even a small pot sitting in the center as a centerpiece).
|I have Boxwood, Lemon, Thai, Cinnamon, and SOME reg. Sweet Basil.|
This year, I'm adding Spiced Globe and Licorice!
Posted by Debbie Hewitt at 5:50 PM
ughhhh, why me??? seriously! and since it's so early, I know that it's a nest, and the babies probably don't even have hair on them, so I have to leave them for a bit. ughhhh, whyyyyyyyyyyy me????? The fense this year will be double reinforced with rabbit wire...we have chicken wire halfway up...we'll move the chicken wire to the top half of the fence and put the tougher and tighter (and more expensive) rabbit wire on the bottom half of the garden...which means, a very busy weekend!!!
Posted by Debbie Hewitt at 5:35 PM