A book?!?

on Wed, 03/14/2018

So just recently I had some folks here locally talk about how good I am at growing seedlings, how well I do with a little apartment garden, etc. Their thought was that I could write a book to help others be able to do the same. Funny thing is that while a blog came to mind, which is why I originally started this site, I hadn't thought of writing a book. Odd since I've looked so hard for such a book for myself and never found one.

They said that with the ability to be able to grow your own food becoming more of a necessity, this book could really help a lot of people - as well as the earth. So here I go. I've already worked out an outline and am writing the introductory chapter. But what I want to know is this - what do you wish was included in the book? What questions do you have? What do you wish you had known earlier? Feel free to post them as comments below. : )

No seedlings this year

on Wed, 03/14/2018

I've decided this year I've got to take some time off from growing seedlings. Our apartment has become pretty cramped with my workspace for my job and an extra family member, so there's just really not enough room for them. I'll grow some outside for myself, but no thousand seedlings for sale this year. 

Hopefully next year we'll be in a house and I can get back to growing.

In the meantime, I hope to write up more blogs on how to's, tips, etc. 

Seedling shelves

on Sat, 03/04/2017

This is the shelf I have. It's a Husky 5 shelf heavy duty shelving system. It can hold up to 1,000 lbs per shelf, so it's more than enough for some plants and lights. Once we get the shelves rearranged, there will be about 1.5' between each shelf, which is more than enough.

The only complaints I have about it are:

  • It's 48" wide, so it's 2" shy of being able to fit 5 trays on it. As such, I let the trays on each side stick over an inch
  • I wish it had one more shelf, as that would be perfect. I haven't been able to find a replacement or add-on shelf anywhere for it.

I wish I had seen this one when I bought mine, as I would have liked gotten it instead.

It's the same brand and same type of shelf. The only difference is that it is 60" wide instead of 48". That means you can fit 6 trays on each shelf.

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New additions...

on Mon, 02/27/2017

Ordered several new seeds today, so soon I'll have some new items to add to the inventory. Also ordered two different kinds of strawberry roots, so I'll be able to sell strawberry plants this year as well. One I've grown before and it is VERY prolific - it was still growing strawberries when it snowed here in November. The other grows very large, tasty berries. I'm looking forward to trying that one out.

Click read more below to see photos and descriptions of the tomatoes, eggplant, strawberries, greens, and more that we'll be adding to the site.

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Added more lights

on Sun, 02/26/2017

Since it was time for the peas to start popping up, I needed to add lights to the third shelf where those plants are sitting. So on Friday I ran to Home Depot and picked up everything I needed to add two more lights to the shelf. I now have three shelves of plants with 2 lights on each. 

And it was a good thing, too, as by Saturday morning there were a whole bunch of peas that had popped up. Now they'll have the light that they need.

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What to do with old soil?

on Mon, 02/20/2017

A question I see a lot from people who container garden is what to do with the soil from last year that is in their containers. Do they get rid of it? Reuse it? What? It seems like every year once we get close to growing season that this question comes up.

There are a lot of options. If you have a compost pile, you can dump all of the old soil that doesn't have plants currently growing in it, bulbs that will come back each year, etc. This gives it a chance to be reinvigorated by the nutrients it picks up from your compost heap. But what if you don't have a compost heap?

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Welcome! About this site...

Zucchini seedlingsWelcome to my blog on container gardening. I live in an apartment and as such don't have the option to plant anything in the ground. As such, I gave dozens and dozens of containers surrounding my patio filled with herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

I started out with just a few planters of strawberries around my garden. Then I added a few hanging baskets of flowers for our daughter. Each year I've expanded and expanded my garden. I've been buying bigger and bigger containers and adding new plants. I've found some things that have worked well for me - like the Asian finger eggplant that produced probably 100 eggplants - and things that haven't - my rapini never grew and it's just too cold for melons to do well.

I hope to share what I've learned thus far, tips, and more through this blog. I also hope to hear from you about what has worked for you.

Be sure to check out the photo galleries! Lots of photos there showing what I'm growing, how the plants are doing and more!