Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter Garden - 1 week update

One week into my indoor garden experiment and there is already lots to see. Lots of growth, a bit of a disappointment, but also a nice surprise.

Of the three herbs I've planted both the dill and the basil have sprouted.  The dill is now much taller than the plastic top so I had to remove it.  The basil right now is just a collection of leaves peeking through, but it's there!  No sign of the parsley yet.

What I've found disappointing is that nothing has sprouted from my lettuce or my spinach.  I only put one seed in each pod, so if nothing comes up next week I'll add a few extra to each pod and see if that helps.

The nice surprise is my living lettuce.  When I bought it I put it into a glass cup with a bit of water and that kept it fresh all week.  Once I finished it I decided to experiment and see if I could get more leaves.  I added a couple of drops of the fertilizer that comes with the pods to my lettuce water and sure enough, I now have some little leaves coming up!  If I can do this I might not have to bother with growing lettuce.

I had another nice surprise this week.  I've gotten another grow setup with some jalapeno and tomato seeds as a gift so that's really going to give me everything I could possibly need.  They take longer to grow but once they are producing you can have fruit for up to 8 months which would be fantastic.  No more buying expensive tasteless tomatoes!

And of course my sprouts are amazing.  The ones on the left are my broccoli sprouts.  They always grow well but I'm sure the lights from the other plants are helping.  The ones on the right are the sandwich mix which are much smaller seeds, but these are greening up nicely as well.

So as you can see, my garden experiment is truly on it's way.

 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw


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