Bunnies on selvage. Love it.
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- Travis County Planting Calendar from the county webpage
- Vegetable Varieties and more from Texas A&M Horticulture
- How to avoid Monsanto seeds by Garden of Eatin'
- Seed Organization by I Wet My Plants
- Planting Guide by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
- Build a DIY Lighting System by You Grow Girl
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- Neil Sperry's Complete Guide to Texas Gardening - a great guide to local gardening; not exclusive to vegetables
- Grow Great Grub - barely looked through this but I love it already; great resource for veggie growing with gorgeous pictures
- Rodale's Vegetable Garden Problem Solver - my absolute go-to book when something isn't right in the garden
- Seed To Seed - seed saving how-to book
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- Jiffy Self-Watering Greenhouse and Jiffy peat pellets - my favorite seed starting method. DO NOT buy these online; go to Walmart or Home Depot and get them for half the price.
- Miracle-Gro Organic Potting Soil - Don't get me started on cheap potting soil! My old soil ended up not wetting. At. All. And nearly killing my tomato seedlings. This stuff is great and has been moist in an open bag on my patio for a month.
- Mater Magic - great fertilizer for tomatoes and other veggies such as peppers.
- Soaker hose of any kind with a faucet timer/programmer. Makes watering the garden effortless and consistent.
- Flickr - picture sharing
- Folia - log and track your garden, ask questions, and follow other gardeners (follow my garden here)
And here is what is on my gardening wish list:
- Soil test kit - can you believe I've never tested my soil? I really need to do this!
- Rooting hormone - so that I can take clippings from friends' plants and start my own
- Siphon mixer - for easy mixing of fertilizer while watering in one. Would this work with a soaker hose? Not sure.
- Texas Organic Vegetable Gardening
- Grocery Gardening
- Square Foot Gardening - yes, I am doing square foot gardening and have yet to buy the book. Oops.
- Alaska Fish Fertilizer - have heard great things about this; once my bottle of fertilizer runs out, I'll get this one next
What gardening favorites do you have?
Doesn't it look great? The second bed is planted as much as it can be at the moment. I have thirteen tomato plants and 5 bell pepper plants in it right now. I'm waiting for the squash, cucumbers, and pumpkins to get a little bigger before I bring them out. I also have three more tomato and three more bell pepper plants that need some more growing. Now we have to get some sort of support in there for everything, especially since I'm doing square foot gardening - everything has to grow up! I'm going to do this style of support for everything; I found some cheap wire fencing at Home Depot, so I just need to find some free bamboo.
|1. Black Krim Flower, 2. Squash & Cucumbers, 3. Jalapenos, 4. Boxwood Basil, 5. Tomatoes, 6. Potted Jalapenos|
One of the tomato plants that I transplanted is already flowering. Woohoo! Grow little plants, grow!
So far, so good. The second garden bed is weeded and full of dirt. Next up is putting in the soaker hose, and then I'll get to start planting.
This is what our seed station looks like right now. Lots and lots of plants growing (some are Sarah's). This is by far my most successful time seed starting ever, so I'm pretty excited.
|1. General Lee Cucumber, 2. Purple Beauty Bell Pepper, 3. Cherokee Purple Tomato, 4. Canteloupe, 5. Emerald Giant Bell Pepper, 6. Pumpkin, 7. Ananas Noir Tomato, 8. Mexican Sour Gherkin Cucumber, 9. Red Bell Pepper, 10. Royal Chico Tomato, 11. Hazelfield Tomato, 12. Basil, 13. Green Grape Tomato, 14. Poona Kheera Cucumber, 15. Poona Kheera Cucumber|
Everything that sprouted has grown extremely well. I've definitely learned the hard way that a windowsill is not enough light. (Those grew too leggy and all died.) Shop lights do the trick!
|1. Cilantro, 2. Carrots, 3. Peach Blossoms, 4. Pear Blossoms, 5. Pear Blossoms, 6. Lettuce, 7. Spinach, 8. Spinach, 9. Peas|
It's going to be a busy week of gardening; I'll be back once everything is planted to show you how it looks!
A very, very long time ago I bought a Moda Oh Cherry Oh charm pack on sale. It sat in my stash for a long time until I finally figured out what to use it for - a fun table runner! I originally planned for this to be done for Valentine's Day, but I didn't end up making that deadline. Now I'll just think of it as a spring table runner. As per usual, the quilting tape that I used is on sale in the store.