Do you have a balcony or patio that get several hours of sunlight each day? Do you have a windowsill that gets several hours of sunlight each day? Container gardening can be very simple to start herbs or flowers and even a few vegetable varieties.
First, decide what you want to grow. Do you want an herb garden, veggies or fruit (yes fruit), maybe just a few bee-friendly flowers. I like to make a list that way I can go back and add to it or get rid of items if I change my mind.
Second, check out each variety to be sure they will grow using the methods available to you. Will your garden be container only? Will you use small, large or all shapes and sizes of containers?
|Carrots growing in a recycled container.|
4 large bags organic garden or potting soil
1 small bag Perlite (optional)
1 small bag Peat Moss or Coconut Coir (improves drainage)
1 cup organic bone meal (high in phosphorus)
1 cup organic blood meal (high in Nitrogen)
1 cup crushed eggshells (for Calcium)
Compost: 1 large bag store bought OR equivalent homemade
Do you live by the ocean? Check out Seaweed in the Garden.
And now to get started! When I'm ready to plant seeds I clear off a table and fill it will seed-starter materials. You guessed it...Peat Pellets.
|Each bowl is labeled so I don't confuse the seeds.|
|Purple Opal Basil|
On another subject...Mary's REAL FOOD Cookbook is OFFICIALLY available for pre-order sales now. You can purchase the book at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.
I had a wonderful time putting the book together and I am excited about the positive response so far. Have a Great Weekend!