Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Apartment Gardening.

While being optimistic about having a community garden plot, I've begun planting seedlings.  My favorite thing to grow seems to be yellow bush wax beans because once they sprout, it seems they get instantly huge.  I have already given away a couple bean plants and plan to give away a few more.  Sadly, I don't have any pictures of those -- in this next batch of bean seedlings I'll be sure to take some pictures.

While reading Real Simple magazine, every month they have a feature called "Five new uses for..." and in April's issue it was "Five new uses for eggshells."  One of the five new uses for eggshells is as a seedling starter.  So, I thought I would give it a go.

This is what I started my seeds in -- biodegradable containers that can be planted directly into the ground.  Well, I was thinking the seedlings need to be thinned out soon.  So, I transplanted some of the marigold seedlings into eggshells.

We'll see how this goes.  I'm hoping it works well.  According to the Real Simple article, the eggshells can be planted directly into the soil and the eggshell will decompose and nourish the soil as well.  Right now, the marigold seedlings I transplanted are looking a little droopy.  I gave them some more water so hopefully they'll perk right up in no time.  Maybe we'll get some humidity and then the plants will really take off!  Last week when the weather was pretty humid for a couple of days it seemed like all of the plants really shot up.

The planter Travis gave to me with four types of cherry tomatoes, two types of oregano, parsley, and cilantro are doing well.  Except for the cilantro which I've managed to kill.  I'm not very upset about it though because I think cilantro tastes like feet/body odor.  Sean is the one who wanted the cilantro.  Gross.

This is a random plant I picked up at Ikea.  I can't remember the name of it right now, but it definitely likes its new home in a full-sun window!

The only plant that is not doing very well is the lemon tree.  It looks in pretty rough shape.  I'm still holding out hope, but I have a feeling that hope is going to be crushed real quick.

As you can see, I've been busy with my apartment gardening.  Right now I have some more bean seeds folded in between a wet paper towel to kick start the germination process, they'll be ready to plant tomorrow afternoon.  I will post pictures of the bean seedlings once they sprout.  Have a good night!

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