Happy Thanksgiving Everybody:-)
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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Thursday, November 6, 2008
I told you that the lettuce sprouts quickly:-)
I keep my seeds in my grandma's old recipe box. I staple each seed packet to an index card and file them alphabetically. That way, they are easier to find.
The index card includes information that I would like to track. Obviously, the name of the seed goes on top. Next, I record the date that I started the seeds or the "Sown" date. Then, I write down when they "Sprouted". Once they are big enough, I notate when they are trans- "Planted" into a bigger container. And finally, I celebrate the "Harvest" date.
Next, I place the tray under my grow light. This is a two-shelf unit that my husband built for me in our basement a couple years ago. The pots go on the bottom shelf and the light hangs from chains on the top shelf. The chains are adjustable so when your plants grow, you can raise the light. Lastly, the "walls" of the shelving unit is curtained in relective paper to keep the light and the heat in.
This is what it look like when the curtains are closed:
So, there you have it. By next week, I should have some pictures of sprouting plants! Wish me luck:-)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
This week, we tackled tree trimming. Although the apple tree produced apples this year, they were really small. The tree itself hadn't been tamed in years so, we decided to lob the top off and hope for bigger apples next year.
I don't have before pictures (our server has my older pictures held captive:-) but, here is what we cut off:
And here is what is left of the tree:
It's kind of hard to tell from these pictures but the goal is to make it short and fat. We have achieved short and in spring, hopefully, it will fill out to fat:-)