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…