Saturday, April 16, 2011

We'll See How This Grows

If you remember, I had mentioned a few weeks ago about how I was building a few raised garden beds in an attempt to grow more produce at home. Now that the garden beds are underway (see how I built them here) I just need to figure out what to put in them. Our apartment dwelling friend picked up one of these Jiffy Greenhouses for $9 at one of the big home improvement stores and asked if we could start some seeds and throw them in one of the garden beds for him. We were more than happy to accept on one condition; he could not expect any vegetable miracles from us as this is our first garden and we're not exactly or not even close to having one green thumb between the two of us. Nevertheless heres where we are as of now:


This is the type of greenhouse our friend gave to us. First decide what seeds you're going to plant in the "pellets". We went with tomatoes and sweet green peppers. Add 5.25 cups of warm water, pouring it lightly over the pellets (the pellets will expand in size once water hits them). Then pull the netting back and make a small hole in the center of the soil.

Then throw in 2-3 seeds per pellet and cover very lightly with soil.

Place your dome on top of the tray, store in a dark warm area and let sit for a couple of days. We checked ours on the third day and to our surprise this is what we uncovered:

We've got a long way to go considering that only 5 of the 23 pellets have germinated but it somehow already feels like an accomplishment that we've managed to see any life at all giving our track record. Hopefully more germination will be happening soon!

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