These pictures were taken on 5.19.14. I really hope that I get some potatoes. It has been seen that there were lots of flowers but hardly any potatoes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I wanted to share the process of what my garden looked like before the growth of the vegetables. There is a lot of work that goes into gardening. I had to get the soil ready and I also recycled my water jugs as a way to get water to the roots of the plants.
Here is my garden as of 03-10-2014
This is the garden as of 4-16-2014
I used many 18 gallon storage bins to grow tomatoes in. I wanted to be able to control disease. Heirlooms are more susceptible of getting disease. Planting the plants this ways keeps it at bay. Some are self watering and other just have plastic bottles buried near the roots so the plants can get it's water. It's more of an experiment. I want to see if self watering is better.
I went around the house to see what was taking up space. I found some old water coolers. I used those to plant peppers.
I used trash bags to grow my potatoes in. I was on a budget and figured that this might work. We will see at the end of the growing season.
This is what my garden looks like as of 5-21-14
Your probably wondering "why did she do that". Well.... I got to thinking. Tomatoes become top heavy when they start producing fruit. I tried many things but this seemed more efficient. We will see in the next coming weeks.
This will be my second year using these root pouches. The first year, I did not have good luck with these. When I watered the plants, the water would seep out on the sides and the plants were not getting enough water. The plants last year only produced one or two tomatoes at most. This year, I had to be smart about how the plants would get their water. I lined these root pouches with plastic black trash bags. Put holes in them and then filled it with dirt. The plants are doing way much better and now they have tons of flowers on them. We will see if I will be able to get a good yield from these root pouches.
I truly hope that I have inspired you to grow some food no matter the space.
It looks like the azomite and the pellets do make a difference when it is added to the compost. Just amazing! It does make a difference. I used the phosphate because potatoes loves phosphorous.
Left bag contents:
Organic rock phosphate
Right bag contents:
Organic rock phosphate
Here are some more pictures!
I will keep you all updated!
Planting In Anything
I am on a budget like most Americans. I walked about in my home to see what containers I could use. I looked at boxes....Heck I tried that last year with potatoes and that didn't work. I couldn't use boxes again. We had item sitting in the garage taking up space. I walked in my closet and saw bags I could use as well for gardening.
You can use anything to plant a garden in. You don't have to have that much space. Be creative!!!!!!! It can be done.
My mom gave me this treasure chest when I was 18 years old. I put things I wanted to buy for my very first apartment into this chest. My daughter has had her toys in this chest. Then....It was just sitting in the garage. Perfect for peppers.
We had previously used this to keep food cold while we traveled from Hope Arkansas. Again....I used this for peppers.
This is a small chest. We had two of these just sitting in the garage. This one was only able to hold one plant.
Large chest for two plants.
Used this a long time ago for my bras and socks. There were 4 in all. I laced the inside of it with plastic to hold some moister. I was able to fit one plant into it.
This small greenhouse was just sitting in the back yard taking up space. The wind would always blow off the tops. So I decided that it would be great to start growing tomatoes in this. I also included some basil along with 2 sunflowers.
Yes...I did use these...why not...? Again I used plastic bags inside to keep moister.
I am going to try these again this year. Last year, I had no luck. I had tomatoes growing in these. I had watering issues. When I watered the plants, water would seep out and not get water to the root of the plants. My tomato plants only had 1 to two tomatoes on them the entire growing season. This season....I am going to do things different. I laced the smart pots with plastic bags to hold in moister and more water. I also included water bottles. When it gets really hot in the south, it's really hard to get water to the roots. I put holes in the bottles. It will be easier to get water to the roots of the plants. I will keep you guys updated.
I used the 18 gallon containers. First year using these. We will see how it works out. It's all about experimenting.
Just look around and see what you have. See what is taking up space and see what it is that you are no longing using. You can plant basically in anything. Just be creative!!!!!
Making Kale Chips
My daughter will not eat kale as it is. I have to come up with creative ways for her to eat healthy foods. With zucchini and squash, the only way she will eat it... is when I make it look like curly fries. For some reason, she doesn't like the way leafy greens look. So mommy has to make the kale into chips.
Things you will need:
Few bunches of Kale
Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
Garlic powder or Garlic salt
1 or 2 lemon slices
I like to mix both of the oils together. I massage the oils on the kale leaves.
I put all my herbs, sea salt, chili powder and sprinkle unto the kale. ***Some people like it simple with only oil, salt and seasoning salt**** It's up to you!
Put all the ingredients together
Lastly squeeze fresh lemon juice on the kale.
Set oven temperature at 350 degrees. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.
Here it is!!!!!! Kale Chips! Enjoy!!!
The future belongs to the few of us still willing to get our hands dirty.