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That’s the tankless water heater I got. It hooks up to your hose and a propane tank and BOOM hot water!
First pic is now, second pic is when I put the trellis up to grow the morning glories on, third pic is before I painted the tub, first pic is when I just got it and barely had any set up.
I’m not some influencer, it’s nothing fancy! I love it so much though and plan to keep adding to it :)
Check out https://www.coursera.org/ Its an "education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free" They literally have thousands of college courses covering all topics/interests. A few upcoming farm/agricultural/homesteading type courses included Chicken Welfare and Behavior, Sustainable Agricultural Land Management, Livestock Health Management, and Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage. The first time I discovered the website I spent almost 3 hours browsing through courses. Ive been hooked ever since!
I use these and they work great.
I just have them zip tied to metal shelving. They're cheap, lightweight, don't get hot and are LED so less electricity useage.
I have 2 sets that I use for my entire set up, 2 per shelf.
I plan on using them to start my seeds indoors here shortly but they've worked great for my succulents, some even bloomed. People say you have to have the colored lights but you definitely don't.
I just have mine on a timer so I literally don't have to worry about a thing. I'll definitely have to pay more attention once I get my veg seedlings started, at least for water.
Here's something fascinating about that.
Beatrix (née) Jones was one of the first female professional gardeners. Her family is where the term "keeping up with the Joneses" comes from.
Here's an amazing documentary about her and her gardens, which still exist today.
Beatrix Farrand's American Landscapes (Amazon Prime - US):
Those cats look like they're close to pupating. If you want to help them out, get a mesh laundry basket, turn it upside down, and put it over the plant.
They'll pupate on the underside, where they'll be protected from predators and the weather. (You can also move it to a more protected location.) You'll be able to release the monarchs once they've eclosed and their wings are dry.
Type of hamper: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007CXQQ6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_PUZ0CbG238KT9)
Loosen the roots with your fingers or box cut it, then replant in a bigger pot. An air pot if you don't want this to happen again.
Sure! They are these, or something similar. Ceiling curtain rod brackets. https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Ceiling-Mount-Bracket-Set-Black/dp/B01MRT552R/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1547180489&sr=8-1-spons&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=ceiling+curtain+rod+brackets&psc=1
I need ladybugs so bad. I live in a highrise so theres little to no chance they show up on my balcony garden.
Anyone got a plug? I can pay top dollar man. I just need that fire LadyBug. I dont even need an ounce, just a few grams of the good stuff. Please baby I need em fast!
Edit: it appears, and I'm not joking, that you can buy live ladybugs on Amazon! They have great reviews. I will be trying this soon. Seriously though, how do I introduce ladybugs to my balcony garden?
NAYE Garden Grafting Tool,Pruner Kit with Rolls of Grafting Tapes and Rubber Bands,Plant Branch Twig Vine Fruit Tree Cutting Scissors Shear https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079M6W6WV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_q4-RCbF47A86M
Found this on Amazon. I think this is it!
everywhere - it's called a Spiralizer.
They have a million knock-offs at this point, too. A friend of a friend was the woman who designed this product. Super useful. I'd recommend getting one with a sturdy base that has a suction cup or some other way to prevent it from moving around. Sometimes you need to put some force into it to get the noodles.
I use an electric one now because it only costs a couple bucks more and requires substantially less effort.
You'd be better off replacing them with these. The "blurple" LED grow lights are more gimmicks than anything. Plus, they're way too far away to be contributing anything to your plants.
I just use bright "normal" white LEDs. They look way better and the plants still like them.
I'm so sorry this happened to you. For rodents and critters you can try this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CLXG7P5?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
For birds put up some pine wheels or a spinny things and maybe even a motion sensor fake owl.
I know it doesn't help now but as someone who has dealt with depression my entire life , I would like to offer to send you some mammoth sunflower seeds at the end of the years harvest. I can't promise that mine won't see a similar fate but the offer is there if I'm successful.
I do actually! It's called the Aspect and I got it off Amazon. It's a little more expensive but it's definitely worth it since it looks good in my office and I have to see it everyday lol. (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071CML3QC/ref=twister_B071G3HD8W)
FYI the person responding to you with all the links is part of the "reddit Monsanto brigade" who search reddit all day to defend the company and its products. No joke. All they do is shit up the comment threads
Their other buddies will be along shortly, guaranteed
The grow lights were originally set up for the benefit of Shirley, the most spoiled workplant on earth. She is a GMO designer plant from Papua New Guinea who stubbornly refuses to blossom. You can see Shirley in the background. So when I got the amaryllis bulb from a friend, I sort of snuck the bulb in on the side of the grow lights, and it got only a portion of the red-blue light spectrum. That, however, was enough to get it to grow wildly. One morning the flower bud had grown so high during the night that the tip of the bud was enmeshed in the grow light, and it was pushing the grow light up north of where it normally hangs. After that, I had to keep the main stalk away from directly under the grow light.
I didn't want to post the link because the rules say no advertising, but if it is okay, here it is. It was recommended to me by one of the lighting engineers at work: 75 Watt LED Red-Blue Grow Light
This is my all time favorite scam. Purple Peter Pepper. It's literally a photoshopped eggplant.
> If I don't personally run around and organize an EVENT then no one will independently work in it.
This is, in a nutshell, every community garden ever. Every community garden I've ever encountered has one or two spark plugs at the top will make everything go. They are supported to varying degrees by people lower down in echelon, but ultimately a successful community garden is going to have a manager at the top of wants to get stuff done, and who insists upon it, and has the people skills to make it happen..
The best and most cohesive community gardens are those that are grouped around a central organization such as a church, scout troop, neighborhood watch group, and similar social units where people already have strong social bonds towards each other in the sense of cooperation. These are the most successful operations.
It's the ad hoc loosely organized gardens such as those composed o, for example, f people who happen to live in the same apartment complex that fail, since nobody wants to pull weeds in July, and nobody feels a sense of commitment towards the larger project as a whole.
So you want to know whether to give up. That is completely up to you. If you feel like you're flogging a dead horse, and you enjoy flogging dead horses, and keep going. If you feel like there's something worthwhile here other than flogging a dead horse, then keep going.
If you haven't read this book yet, it has some good insights. I receive no financial compensation for this, it's just a nifty book.
Check these out as well: Cat massacre https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01JV40GSQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_q9g9Ab4Q660TD
Sleeping cat: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078HTR998/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_d-g9Ab7E8T4ZX
I have the Godzilla gnome and a unicorn one on my list as well!
Not OP, but I originally got a Monoprice Select Mini V2 printer when I wanted to mess around with printing. It's ~$190 new, makes some pretty good quality prints for its price point, and works out of the box. I have a friend that told me it does have some issues that may come up with long term use (which can be fixed), but I had a great time with it before I upgraded to a better printer. If you have any questions about it, I'd be happy to answer them.
Edit: Here's a link to the manufacturer's website for more info. It can also be found on Amazon.
Home Depot/Lowe’s for soil and fertilizer but all the other amendments, Amazon. Here are the grow lights, I used 2.
i recently picked up this book from the library about wildlife friendly gardening. it was a super great resource and the pictures are so pretty as well :-)
If you're worried about wrecking the little sprouts you want to keep by pulling up the other little sprouts, you can try this technique from Square Foot Gardening (which you might want to check out to feel more in control of your gardening experience and avoid over-planting in the future): Take a pair of scissors and snip at ground level the sprouts you don't want to keep. That way the developing root systems of your keepers won't be disturbed!
Here it is, if anybody's curious.
It's a roller hook system that you can adjust. You just wrap the tomato plant around it as it grows. Its worked great for me the past 2 years.
Ohuhu Greenhouse for Outdoors, Large Walk-in Plant Greenhouse, 3 Tiers 12 Shelves Stands Green House for Herb and Flower, 4.9 x 4.7 x 6.4 FT https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F8QXVC5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_BBOtCb1M27A2J
you should really use daylight lights, not grow lights. It's a common mistake most people do.
The reason why they're pale and grew really fast is because once a plant break ground and starts growing, it is immediately looking for a light source.
The first set of leaves on a seedling actually do not absorb any UV light and do not create any photosynthesis. The leaves are strictly there to measure the amount of light that the plant is receiving. If they aren't getting the appropriate amount of light they will get long and "leggy". They will still grow, they will just need to be braced and supported. amazon link
If you have a florescent lamp, the T8 light bulb is pretty much the go-to bulb for seed starting.
Grow lights that aren't "Full spectrum" and have no daylight rating are usually for established plants that you are keeping indoors or utilizing hydroponics
I would suggest getting a full spectrum LED light, especially if you live in an area that still have cold weather/snow. That way you wouldn't have to switch from daylight bulbs to grow bulbs and since they're LED you can get the light extremely close to your seedlings without burning them.
Thanks! I followed the conditioning process outlined in Joel Karsten's book. I used some generic lawn fertilizer on a few bales, and tried alfalfa meal on others. The alfalfa meal bales seem a bit behind those I conditioned with the generic fertilizer. Blood meal is another option, but I'm vegetarian and wasn't super excited about that option. I started conditioning about one month before I intended to plant my starts into the bales.
These bees are solitary, so they take these cuttings and use them to line little holes in which they live. They are boring insects so they cut into brittle trees or make small holes in the ground and then fill them with leaves to hold their eggs and sleep in.
While the leaf cutting is not good for the plant, it doesn't cause any serious issues and is primarily cosmetic. These bees carry tons of pollen on the bottom of their bellies and are some of the best pollinators alive today, so they are much more beneficial then they are a pest.
You can actually buy housings for them on Amazon for pretty cheap. They are incredibly docile bees and won't sting unless you squeeze or swat at them. The males don't even have stingers!
Whoa I googled Univent automatic opener. I didn’t even realize this was a thing! Now I just need to get better at carpentry and I’m off to the building salvage place.
Link for the lazy: Univent Automatic Vent Opener Standard - Lifts 15 Lbs https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083IZG0A/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ieoNCb25WK75W
I think I found these on Amazon for those interested.
I recommend eating it with Chicken. It might be hard to get this ingredients in the states, like epazote, a great herb for stews and soups, but even a approximation with make a dish worthy of the gods.
I was thinking black krim. I grew those for a couple of years. Delicious, but required a lot of trimming of the fruit to get the tough bits out.
I got a free Kindle book on Amazon, Home Vegetable Gardening by FF Rockwell. Written in the 1900s, he recommends 15 to 20 feet at the end of each row so the horse and plow can turn around.
Wow, that’s amazing.
https://newatlas.com/tomtato-tomato-potato-hybrid-plant/29241/ But the article says the flavor of the tomato is not great. And Amazon will sell you the seeds https://smile.amazon.com/Tomtato-Harvest-Tomatoes-Potatoes-Natural/dp/B01MZCJ9Y6/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Tomtato&qid=1555023101&s=gateway&sr=8-1
I stumbled upon Radius Garden ergonomic hand tools on Amazon, and they look like they might be helpful. The reviews are full of people with arthritis or other issues who said they can garden for longer with these tools.
I know you don't have to get down to ground level, but I love my garden kneeler. I have terrible knees and hips and the kneeler helps tremendously with getting up and down from weeding.
That's him. And I've been informed it's 10 years since I set this garden up using his book.
This comes up a lot on this sub reddit and here is my warning: most grocery produce is grown from hybrid plants which will not grow up to look or produce anything like what you bought. Secondly, things like potatoes will be sprayed with anti-sprouting agents which will hinder long term growth. Lettuce bottoms can sometimes spit out a few extra leaves if planted.
With that said, you can certainly try anything from the grocery store that has a seed inside of it. Onion roots can be planted (see: http://www.instructables.com/id/Grow-Onions-from-Discarded-Onion-Bottoms/?ALLSTEPS ). Potatoes can be grown, but see my warning above.
Personally, seeds are cheap and I can get a much more reliable end product knowing exactly what I'm starting with. I suspect you'd spend more money buying spare produce to tear up and try planting than you would buying decent quality seeds.
You should stop thinking of "containers" as pots you buy at a garden center or nursery. You can turn anything into a container provided you add drainage holes.
Storage bins? Check! Buckets? Check! Metal trough? Check! Large tomato sauce cans? Check!
You say you live on a military base, right? I imagine there are tons of food grade buckets somewhere on that base. Unless there's a farm out back where everything is being grown fresh, it probably gets shipped in there in huge quantities in buckets and barrels to feed all of the military personnel.
Here's the search string for "containers" on Instructables to get you started. It may not be "pretty" but "pretty" costs money and is overrated.
Do you have nextdoor.com where you live? It's sort of like facebook but it's limited to your neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhood. It would be a good place to give surplus away rather than having people pay for it, if your goal is to service low income families. Those prices are a bit high for "low income" families.
Green potatos will make you sick to your stomach if you eat them. The green is actually chlorophyll which indicates the presence of a higher level of toxins. Here's a good link which explains it better than I can: http://www.snopes.com/food/ingredient/potato.asp
The thought is that you can peel away the green and then be OK. That would not be my choice, especially if you're serving them to infants or to frail adults.
I'm not sure about adding more dirt - it's worth a try....
I feel the same way! Everyone I know must think I’m a nerd.
Here’s what I use to water my veggies, and I’ve noticed a huge difference in a week or two. It is the smelliest stuff ever, and it brings all the cats from the neighborhood around, but it’s totally worth it.
Good luck, I love passing on tips and things I’ve learned :) even if it’s on Reddit!
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Fire ants are very different from regular ants. A lot of people are giving advice that is not applicable.
Regular ants are attracted to sugar/sweet things, hence the borax traps mixed with corn syrup or sugar water. Fire ants ARE NOT attracted to sweets, they are attracted to fats. They will not consume and bring back to the hive any bait that is sweet. Borax will NOT work on fire ants. I live in the land of fire ants and have been battling them for almost a decade. I've tried every DIY suggestion I could find to avoid pumping poisons into my ground and none of the home remedies work.
If you want something safe to use near/in an area where you are growing edibles the only option that will actually work is spinosad. The best formulation I've been able to find is Come and Get It. (It's much more effective than drenches, which I've also tried). Before you sprinkle it around mounds, make sure you test to see whether the ants in that mound are actively foraging - I use corn chips placed near the mound and check on them in 1/2 hour. If the ants have found the chips and are bringing them back to the mound, it's the right time to sprinkle the Spinosad.
Yeh I got this from Amazon:
Jebao XTP-8000 Compact Super Eco Energy Saving Submersible Dirty Water Filter Pump 8000L/H GS/CE approved https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B016H1TT7K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_s6M6ybF0TJ4DF
It pumps the water back up to the top from a small pond at the bottom.
I use a heat mat and a humidity dome over my seedling trays. I also put humidity domes over my clones (varieties of hot peppers and cannabis). I found the heat mat on amazon for about 12$; it’s not adjustable, but it does speed germination of seeds. The model I got was like this one;
Chick weed! It's yummy!
I grow lettuce indoors year round under fluorescent lights (I used standard 48" T8 bulbs), so yes you can definitely grow lettuce inside.
Nearly anything can be grown indoors with the proper equipment. If it fruits(flowers) it will probably require specialized lighting to get the same yield as outdoors, but it can be done.
Depending on how much light the space near your windows receives you could probably grow all sorts of lettuce and other greens (kale arugula spinach etc) and just about any type of herb.
If your windows are tall you could consider vertical gardening setups like these:
OP didn't grow these. Do a reverse image search on all of OP's posts and you'll see that he/she is just posting images to this subreddit for karma.
Sounds like it. According to this page the fastest growing H. Whipleii on record grew 10" a day. It does mention bamboo in the paragraph about fastest growers.
I just got a cheap one - here’s a link. Portable Plastic Bathtub Big, Japanese Soaking Bath Tub for Shower Stall, Inflatable Flexible Adult Size Foldable Blue https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L8S4GM9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_56JA7DAA687GRZX0GAZ8
The heater though is amazing. It hooks up to a propane tank, and works much better than plug-in water heaters. I got one of those originally and it took hours to heat the bath. The propane one does a great job and costs about $1 in propane for a tubful.
Make sure there are rocks of various sizes in it. So they can get closer to the water instead of sitting on the rim
You can also buy a solar fountain to put in it to create a more natural splash and sprinkle for them
I purchased it off Amazon, here's the link.
All you have to do is cut out a 6" section of your downspout, then slide the diverter in place.
Thank you! It’s the AP24 whitening toothpaste Nu Skin AP 24 Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014QSCIW4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_.8KwFbNEZENER and my parent’s investment in my braces as a teenager.
Made some self-watering containers from directions I found online.
I've got a few types of tomatoes, jalapenos, serranos, bell peppers, strawberries, cucumbers, and a mix of herbs. All heirloom varieties, so far pretty successful for my first year starting from seed!
Both terms are still used extensively. Here is a quick search of peer-reviewed scholarly articles with the term "global warming".
You're being pedantic.
Please take this stuff with a grain of salt. Some of the 'traditional' companion planting stuff is actually from early 1900's and based on pseudoscience called sensative crystallization. Some of the info is good, some is completely bunk. When researching this stuff use terms like 'insectary plant','allelopathy' and some of the others are slipping my mind right now. Another way of telling how plants grow together is looking at things like whether or not their roots will compete (this is awesome http://www.soilandhealth.org/01aglibrary/010139fieldcroproots/010139toc.html). If one of them is a nitrogen fixer then you don't have to worry about nitrogen competition, etc. Thinking critically about these sort of things is a lot more useful then some of these depricated companion planting lists. The one linked here seems to be better then most but just be alert! The world needs all the lerts it can get.
Here's a cool native, perennial companion plant. It suppresses weed seeds through subsoil biochemical warfare (allelopathy). It's drought resistant. It's an insectary plant as it attracts lady bugs, pirate bugs, etc. It's also a trap plant because it attracts bad bugs as well and keeps them off your sissy veggies that can't handle a good bug beat down. Oh and it's pretty! Evening Primrose http://www.ehow.com/facts_7641290_evening-primrose-companion-plant.html
Could they be stag beetles? They look big. Or do stags only go for wood logs? (stag beetles are endangered)
Actually, I wrote a free handout (pdf format) for work a while back, just uploaded it to google docs for anyone who is interested. Keep in mind that this doc is written for beginners and doesn't include a lot of the fine-tuning aspects which will be necessary later on in the project for those who are interested in trying this out. Also, the method listed in that doc is not the only correct method of doing so. Just google "setting up a nature aquarium" on google and you will likely find a bazillion resources & forums on the topic. I specifically recommend the Nature Aquarium World series of books by Takashi Amano for those who want some lovely plant tank porn as well as in-depth specifics on how to do it all. The author comes off as a tad pretentious and there is very obvious "hidden" advertising in the books but he definitely knows his stuff.
It looks like powdery mildew, I've had good results using Daconil your local Ace hardware should carry it. I also recommend using a biological fungicide as a soil drench and spray. Ace hardware: https://www.acehardware.com/departments/lawn-and-garden/lawn-care/fungicides/7098213 Biological fungicide: https://www.amazon.com/Southern-Ag-Garden-Friendly-Fungicide/dp/B014174BZM/ref=sr_1_13?crid=1P70SE17PK8AU&dchild=1&keywords=biological+fungicide&qid=1621882746&sprefix=biological+fun%2Caps%2C193&sr=8-13
Buy BT. I use it for this purpose it kills caterpillars. This stuff Southern Ag 13022 Thuricide BT, 16oz Caterpillar Control https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004QJ33B4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_TQ1EAXKKQBJJ2D88NK80?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 and get a gallon size sprayer to mix the BT properly. This is safe for all organic gardening and animals. I use this and highly recommend it…
Milkweed is so needed! My overgrown pollination garden is an eyesore at times but the amount of monarch butterflies on our street in is super noticeable. I just added this to the plot and the neighbors understood https://www.amazon.com/ROOLAYS-Seasonal-Butterfly-Caterpillar-Colorful/dp/B07SPZ2JSW
It's tailored to Colorado and the intermountain west obviously, but it's a good resource
Nickand... Thought they might be cheap and not work well, but they work well. Only my second growing season with them so I can't speak to the longevity quite yet.
I think the set I bought for the top was:
6 Pack LED Shop Light 4FT, T5 Integrated Single Fixture, 22W, 2200lm, 6500K Super Bright White, Linkable Shop Light, Utility Shop Lights, Corded Elect https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XQDP5X9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_JCQFWL4zmNi3l
And for the bottom:
Barrina LED Shop Light, 40W 5000LM 5000K, 4FT Integrated Fixture, V Shape,T8 Light Tube, Daylight White, Clear Cover, Hight Output, Strip Lights Bulb for Garage Warehouse Workshop Basement (Pack of 6) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G2Q4VZN/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_i_jA0.FbME2476J?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Looks like a common steel wire adjustable shelve. You can find them at most big box stores.
plain old potting soil has no animal products. Have you gone to a hardware or gardening store, ever?
It probably needs more light to have enough energy to flower. Assuming a plant isn't sick and isn't parched for water, if they're just scraping by they may be slowly starving from light deprivation.
Orchids can get by without direct sun, but they need really bright indirect light to thrive. My mom has some in a west facing window so they get direct light part of the day and they rebloom nicely. I would err on the side of more light not less, even some direct sun is ok as long as they aren't scorched.
My windows face north so I've got 6 of these on timers covering a variety of plants. I overwintered petunias using them last year and the petunias bloomed throughout winter non-stop.
After trying other "purple/pink" lights which sucked, I found these lights actually work and you can probably grow anything under them indoors.
I've got 2 pots of 2 orchids each, and on a 9 hour timer plus some ambient window light, they rebloomed beautifully, with one having multiple stems of flowers and another white orchid with flowers lasting 6 months. I couldn't believe it. The light really woke them up.
And with an outlet timer or smart plug, you can set it and forget it. I've got mine set up to turn on before sunrise and off around noon so the bright light isn't bothersome in the evening.
If your orchids won't rebloom, try a grow light.
Know when to say 'I don't know" and then know where to look for the correct answer.
Nothing worse than bullshitting your way through an incorrect answer.
Suggestions would be to have the store purchase a book or two on pruning and common plant problems that you can use for reference.
Also, know what grows well in your area rather than what is just brought in by the corporate offices so you can recommend specifics.
Every year I take all my Swiss chard and make like a Kashmir Spinach type of curry with Homemade Paneer and freeze it all in portioned freezer bags. Then all winter I have quick meals that I can just add a couple more veggies, protein, a grain and I'm done. If you love curry this is a gooder!
I've never tried it myself, but with those tall raised beds it would be perfect... and you can buy less soil or compost.
http://www.sunsurveyor.com/ I'm just going to leave this here.
Also, any of the surveying tools used for solar panel placement are great for garden planning. With these tools you can estimate total solar exposure over the course of the year for any location in your garden. And - you don't have to wait for a particular time of day.
Make one of these, put the basil into it, keep the bottom part full of water.
My herbs are going nuts in these this year.
You'll want to prune to make a bush. Do this by understanding this: everywhere two leaves are growing opposed to each other will branch in a Y when you pluck just above them.
So, only trim back the plant to an intersection where you would like the branch to Y-split. By always leaving a mature leaf set below your trimming point, you'll always be doubling the branch. This will result in a very bushy basil eventually and thus more basil for cooking. Some suggest you can take the plant all the way back to just one of these nodes on every harvest approximately every 4 weeks. The size and shape of the plant you get will reflect your pruning habits.
My experience with common herbs, in general, is that if you start with a good well-draining dirt with good compost content then you should need no fertilizer.
Any store bought potting soil, preferably fertilizer free (no Miracle Gro!) will be great for basil. When you transplant to the self-watering pot, just use unfertilized potting soil and think about maybe a supplemental fertilizer when the plant is much larger.
Herbs love water. They suck it up. I cannot believe how often I have to refill my self-watering cilantro. This self-watering system ensures that they always have as much water as they want, preventing the traditional death by dehydration that ends so many lovely herbs' lives, making this set up as user friendly as possible for a newbie.
Enjoy the fresh basil!
You'll have to do more research but this is the first place I read about this, see what he says about HT (heat treated) pallets. But please note that he is not talking about growing food, I did a quick search on google but results were inconclusive as to whether it's food-safe. http://www.instructables.com/id/Pallet-Adirondack-Chair/step2/What-to-look-for/
A google search for HT pallet wood lead me here, it's Australian but I think the codes are international which will help you identify HT wood. http://www.rgang.org.au/displayfile-ID-90420.asp
I made a bed out of cedar fence planks, they weren't cheap but a small one was affordable.
The Dover edition (1973) is a reprint of the second edition, published 1940. First edition is 1935.
GMO has a very specific meaning that includes genetic engineering. here is the dictionary.com entry. here is the wikipedia entry. Selective breeding is not genetic modification, it is trait selection.
A weed is any plant you don't want.
A rose bush in a wheat field is a weed, and vice versa.
Some plants are an officially declared weed due to their effects on the environment eg: food crops, native vegetation and animals.
There are apps to upload pictures of plants to get a name and more information.
Full disclosure: I know a little about a lot so I'm generally not very helpful or useful on any subject.
The flowers are pretty though. Happy gardening.
Get yourself some BT. This stuff Southern Ag 13022 Thuricide BT, 16oz Caterpillar Control https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004QJ33B4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_GGBCVA0Z7QP03H8MYW26?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 It’s perfectly safe for an organic garden. I just had issues with these buggers eating up my growing Brussels sprouts. Get a gallon spray like this VIVOSUN 1 Gallon Lawn and Garden Pump Pressure Sprayer with 3 Water Nozzles, Pressure Relief Valve, Adjustable Shoulder Strap https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y81DTTJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_M97AKHPZR3T9ERB96ZHD and follow the directions on the back of the BT for proper mixing.
Have you considered a weed torch?
I switched over to one a couple of years ago and love it.
I know you said UK but just for an idea here's the one I have.
We are trying These this year. Cheap and reusable.
Never heard of them before now. Crossing our fingers.
A floating solar fountain would be a nice addition to that pond: https://www.amazon.com/Solatec-Solar-Fountain-Black/dp/B077215M1R/
It is quite simple, really.
The most important part is that you always are very careful. You need to wear nitril gloves (latex does not keep you safe!) and if you are doing for the first time, maybe even eye and breath protection. If you get some of the powder in your eyes or in your breathing ways, you are in for a world of hurt.
Want to see something even more amazing?
10 lbs wheatgrass seeds, $22.99. $2.29/lb.
1 lb wheatgrass seed, $8.95/lb.
The joke is, that the second one is labeled "non-GMO" and "organic".
There are no GMO seeds available to home consumers in the U.S. You have to be a farmer, and you have to sign a contract, and you have to buy in bulk, and you don't order it from Amazon.
"Organic" is up to you, if you want to pay 4x as much for organic. But you're not consuming the seed, you're consuming the leaves that grow from the seed, so whether the seed was produced organically or not is more of a political or ethical decision than a health decision.
I feel like I really struggled with houseplants until I purchased a moisture meter. I tried to follow the guideline of sticking a finger into the soil to determine how damp it is, but I think my fingertips lack that level of sensitivity because I would do it and think, "Yup. That's dirt alright."
The meter changed everything and really kept me on top of watering properly. I got one on Amazon for about 10 bucks. https://www.amazon.com/Moisture-Dr-meter-Hygrometer-Outdoor-S10/dp/B00PTLGKSQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1521342631&sr=8-1&keywords=houseplant+moisture+meter
Make sure you’re giving it a thorough soaking every time you water. Sometimes people thing ‘moist’ means spritzing the top of the soil... but that won’t get the roots the moisture they need.
For my plants that need high humidity and moist soil, I usually water (until it drains out of the bottom of the pot) once a week, or whenever the first couple inches of soil feel dry. My more high-maintenance plants get a Plant Watering Spike so I don’t have to worry about forgetting them.
Edit: not sure why my link didn’t work, but search plant watering spike on amazon and you’ll see it.
Edit 2: ok figured out the link. Lol, it’s been a long week :)
Ok, I did a little bit Google-fu and found this Amazon listing with the same photo selling them as "Penis Passionfruit seeds" Reviews are not overly good....
If you're wondering what to do with all that zucchini (as many of us have), you can use it as a substitute for apple in a pie.
Here's one recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/zucchini-apple-pie/
To me, it tastes exactly the same as apple, since the spices and sugar tend to overwhelm any of the apple flavor.
Asian persimmons have bigger fruit on naturally smaller trees. They're quite mainstream in Asia, not so much here because they don't ship well over long distances. I bought a persimmon at a grocery store once, it was terrible. Asian persimmons have a beautiful twisty growth habit.
Persimmons are like catnip to deer, and they are a pioneer tree that grows in the empty fields deer feed in; herbivores won't eat the leaves. so you need to make a choice between growing a tree that is a great fruit producer, which can contribute seeds to a future of agriculture, or a native tree that will spread via wildlife and restore the wild population.
Yep! Its a 2 litter bottle cut in half and the top flipped. Then I drilled 9 holes in the cap and put a small strips of a cotton shirt into 4 of them. That way there are 4 wicking and 5 draining.
I found that if you have less then 5 draining to the bottom reservoir then it will take a very lone time to refill it. Also 4 wicks keeps the top part very wet. Going forward I will use less wicks.
I wish I would have made this one instead, but I don't a a karma kitten.....
Is your ground workable? Did it ever actually freeze last winter? You can plant cruciferous veggies pretty much as soon as you can turn the soil. Here's a more complete list of what you can plant early.
Actually, chocolate, by itself, isn't all that attractive to animals. Its the fat and sugar. I've used cocoa hulls in a dog accessible garden. They'd sniff it, but I don't think any actually considered eating it. Unless it contained dog poop, of course.
Here's Snopes on it.
I have this sprouter, it works well and is a fun way to get into gardening. You can grow and eat sprouts anytime of year since it's indoors. Make sure to buy her some seeds too. Victorio VKP1014 4-Tray Kitchen Seed Sprouter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FVPP04/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_.2ZHub0N0KZJV
You don't grow them from seeds, you grow them from leaves, it's a LOT easier. Use any kind of Crassula, Sedum, or similar. /r/succulents can point you towards the easiest species.
I'd start somewhere around fall 2018, depending on when in 2019 your wedding is. You will need lots of very bright light, and this isn't something you're going to do on a windowsill. So you'll need something like about 10 T8 fluorescent shoplights, or else the services of a greenhouse.
>I'm worried about it being submerged.
It's supposed to be submerged. You keep the broad end down, touching water. Most people allow about an inch of water to cover the broad end.
Follow the instructions on the internet.
It's worth noting that USDA Plant Hardiness Zones are solely a measure of the average minimum temperature in the winter, they don't say anything else about the climate. If you want to know about stuff like frost dates and general temperature trends, you should check out this site.