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!

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Growing our own Uncle Tony repellant!

Here’s a garlic growing trick I learned from my friend Casey.


You start out with a regular piece of garlic.  Peel it and push some toothpicks through the top.  Fill a shot glass 3/4 full and set the garlic inside.  Like this:

3 or 4 days later this is what your garlic will look like.  Its a good idea to run fresh water over the garlic each morning if you think about it…

Next I selected a sometimes shady spot in the garden, dug individual holes for each section of garlic and planted them (roots down).

Now we wait…

I’m excited to see how long it takes until we have garlic.  I’ve read some opposing information on when it will reach maturity (based on zones).

This is what I found on Helpfulgardener.comYou will have garlic in a few months. If you do not pick all your garlic then leave them in the ground all winter they will be fine. The plants will turn to seed probably late August. The plants will flower and make sets you can pick the sets and save them to plant next year.

Sounds good to me!  We’ll have a vampire free yard YEAR ROUND at this rate!

Next: we’ll check out the flower seedlings in the garage…


The re-education of Roxie Amoroso.

Today I got schooled… and loved every minute of it.

We hit the ground running, picking up Lopez and heading out to Broad Acres swap meet.  Where I scored a sweet pitch fork ($4.00)… and heard a fantastic story about an urban youth holding another fellow up by the neck with the afore mentioned implement of death.  Plus, a lovely gift for Gilby.  Lopez picked up a Muno shirt, SCORE!

Leslie Doyle

Image courtesy of sweettomatotestgarden.com

I was pleased when we were heading back to the Hotel Amoroso with enough time to spare for me to finally catch one of the weekly workshops that Plant World offers on gardening.  Todays theme: Leslie Doyle – The Tomato Lady.  The hour I spent listening was awfully educational and embarrassingly humbling.   The experience was free and I’ll go over all of the notes I took in tomorrows blog.  Until then, you can visit her website the Sweet Tomato Test Garden.

After a quick trip to the dollar store where I picked up some fertilizer, flower seeds & peat cups for seedlings cheap ($4.00)!  Oh, and Tamales I bought out of a ladies trunk in the parking lot for tonight’s dinner, we reconvened a the house.

With the usual suspects just happening by, we had an impromptu Mexican Fiesta and everybody stuck around until I announced I was finally putting on the documentary DIRT!

Dirt

Dirt! the Movie

I’ve been talking so much about.  Please watch this movie.  Even if you’re not a gardener, even if you’re not an environmentalist and most of all it you’ve lived your whole life in a city.

Its a simple reminder that if we’re all doing the best we can, we can accomplish a lot.

Thats it for tonight.  Its the weekend, and I love my family too much to stare at this screen much longer.  Hope you’ve planted well this weekend.  I ironically do LESS gardening on the weekend than I do during the normal week.

Tomorrow: we’ll go over some of the tricks that Leslie Doyle has up her sleeve when it comes to planting in Las Vegas.