Sunday, August 10, 2008

Seeds and Rain

Here's a picture of my gardening experiment for 2008...all of this except for the cannas were grown from seed this year. In mid May I labeled popsickle sticks with the name of each flower, and basically, tossed all the seeds around in different spots. Part of me didn't think they'd actually grow!

I really don't know what to do with this area right now. It's more congested than I like, and next year I will space the plants out a bit more if I can. For now I may just leave it as it until next spring, then do an overhaul.

I've also been saving milk jugs like mad.

These are for my 2009 garden experiment! I thought I'd try winter sowing, where you use milk jugs or other household things to make mini-greenhouses. You put your seeds in these containers and leave them outside during the winter and, hopefully, you get plants a little earlier than you might if you'd waited until after frost to sow directly into the ground. I've already started collecting seeds from some of the plants I already have too. Can't wait to see what happens! If all goes well, I can envision dozens of milk jugs lining up along the back of the house next spring!


Lyn said...

Hi Valerie, it is a good feeling growing veges or flowers. I have been growing snow peas in a pot on the verandah. I am hoping DH can make me a raised garden bed, so I can grow some veges. I have been drying out some pumpkin seeds.The milk bottles are a good idea, thanks for the tip. Warmest Regards Lyn

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Libby said...

Oooh - I like that milk carton idea. Not so much for winter protection in my neck of the woods, but anything to protect my little plants from the various vermin that like to invade my space *s*

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a great idea. I can't wait to see how it goes.