“I’m not really a career person. I’m a gardener, basically.”

Roses

Roses

And with that I’m back home, in the place I love the most.  My garden.  1 month (almost to the day) later… Our guitar shop http://www.cowtownguitars.com has successfully relocated to the Arts District, we’ve hired an employee and my days are free again to play in the dirt.  Our grand opening party was last First Friday (you can check out photos here, courtesy of http://www.onethirtyeight.org) and other than a few more indoor plants to re-pot and some raised beds to assemble in the back yard… my work there is done.  Mostly…

I’ll just leave you with some photos of my gardens over the last month and pick up where I left off last month, in the next few days.

Hollyhocks, Iceplant, Daisies and Gnomeo

The Gnomeo Garden

Bougainvillea and Lettuce

Bougainvillea and Lettuce

Herbs, Lettuce, Zucchini, Squash, Eggplants, Artichoke, Onion

Herbs, Lettuce, Zucchini, Squash, Eggplants, Artichoke, Onion

Lettuce, Tomatoes and Basil

Lettuce, Tomatoes and Basil

Zinnias, Iris, Iceplant and Tybalt

Zinnias, Iris, Iceplant and Tybalt

Front flower garden

Front flower garden

Another front flower garden

Another front flower garden

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Growing in the garage!

After the hound dog had her way with the last round of seeds I started… I gave it another try.  I am happy to report that this time its been a resounding success!

Even if I’m not going to grow my tomatoes COMPLETELY by the book (literally Leslie Doyle’s book about growing Tomatoes in the desert).  I did learn how to start seeds in the garage from her workshop and it produces AMAZING results!

I started with the $0.11 Seed packets that I’ve been getting at the Dollar Store on Decatur & Charleston.  This time I planted Zinnias, Bachelor Buttons, Daisies and Sweet Williams.

For Steps #1 – #4 check out my previous post about starting seeds here.

Today we’ll pick up at what to do after they’ve sprouted-

Step #5: Brings us to germinated seeds in less than 48 hours after the containers were placed on top of the shop light in the garage!  WILD!!  After you’re done marveling at how fast the sprouts came up…  you should take them outside during the day and put them in a sunny spot to “Harden Off” as they say in the gardening world.  Sounds funny to me.

Step #6: Today I made some more starter soil (Tomato Lady) and filled the used 6 pack containers from the veggies I bought over the weekend with it.  Poke six holes with a pencil in the dirt in each section of the 6 pack.

Step #7: Ever-so-gently… being carful to only touch the leaves or the roots (not the stem) pick out each sprout and  replant it.  Rinse & Repeat!!

Step # 8: After its full, drench it with water from a spray bottle and set under the shop light in the garage during the night and outside in full sunlight during the day.  Eventurally when the plant is more established we’ll leave it out full time until we replant in the flower garden.  Viola!!

Later this week: we’ll revisit the compost and delve into the world of House Plants!