I needed something that would hold my potted plants off of the floor while they grew indoors during the cold weather months. I came across this 3-shelf rack from BJ’s that was on sale at the time for $15; the rack needed no tools to put together so I gave it a try.
The instructions were really easy to understand and it came with everything I needed to put the rack together correctly.
These eight black plastic disks are of no use to the assembly of the rack as they were only used for packaging and should be discarded.
You will need to screw the four bottom poles to the four top poles in order to create the four legs of the rack.
After finding the desired location of where you want your bottom shelf to be, attach two of the plastic tapered locks to the grooves of each of the four legs making sure the arrow is pointing towards the shelf. Tip: This step is easily done with the rack lying on its side.
Once the plastic tapered locks are placed on all four legs, you may now put your rack in the upright position and push down on the shelf until it sits securely in place over the locks.
Continue the previous step for each of the remaining shelves until you are finished and have reached the top of the rack. Your rack is fully assembled and you may use it however you choose.
I used my rack to hold a few of my potted plants while they grew indoors during the cooler weather months.
Let’s Talk: Have you ever repurposed something? What was it? and why? Let me know in the comment section below.
Today’s smoothie of the day contains two ingredients that I’ve never tried before til now which are Wheat Grass and Alfalfa Sprouts. The Wheat Grass and Alfalfa Sprouts were available at my local supermarket and thought it would be a great time to give them a try by adding them into one of my smoothies.
Using the ingredients pictured above I created my smoothie of the day in the amounts as follows:
2 Celery Stalks
2 Handfuls of Baby Spinach
About 1 Handful of Wheat Grass
About 1 Handful of Alfalfa Sprouts
About 1/3 of a Pineapple
2 Cups of 100% Orange Juice
Place all ingredients in your blender and blend until the consistency is smooth and free of lumps.
Once you’re satisfied with the texture, pour your smoothie into a container of your choice and enjoy immediately or after it’s been chilled in the fridge.
Let’s Talk: Do you have a favorite smoothie you like to make? Is there an item you would like to try in a smoothie that you haven’t tried yet? Let me know about it in the comment section below.
My tomato plants were growing too tall to be on my fire escape and the cold weather was approaching. In order for me to continue to grow my tomato plants for as long as I could before they died, I had to create indoor lighting that would mimic the warm sunlight they were used to.
I covered 2 tri-boards with some Mylar film to reflect the light to parts of the plants where the clamp lights couldn’t reach. I used a pair of curtain rod extenders, that I already had, to clip the clamp lights to once they were hot-glued to the back of the boards.
I purchased a pair of reflective clamp lamps and a 4-pack of 100 watt light bulbs to use as my indoor lighting.
This is how everything looked when fully assembled. I also had the option of adding some Mylar film around my setup creating a more reflective environment for my plants.
Let’s Talk: Have you created indoor lighting? If so, what were some of the tools you used to create your setup? Write them in the comment section below.
At one point I was growing sixteen different fruits and vegetables at once. As of today, Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 I’m currently growing nine different varieties of fruits and vegetables. Some of my plants either never sprouted, got eaten by bugs, died from transplant stress, or died from other environmental issues. As sad as I was to lose my plants I knew that it was common in the learning stages of gardening and that I had to keep trying till I grew my plants to harvest.
I’m growing a bunch of Prizehead Lettuces in a wide-mouth bucket for the leaves and not for the actual lettuce heads.
I’ve sowed three Calabrese Green Sprouting Broccoli plants but am thinking about discarding the two weaker ones.
I have four Dwarf Blue Curled Vates Kale plants that are doing well.
My four White Spine Cucumber plants are growing so fast that I have to re-pot them as soon as possible to avoid losing them.
I want to give my two Early Summer Crookneck Squash plants the best chance possible for producing by potting them each in an eighteen-gallon tote.
I topped/pruned my three Sweet Banana Pepper plants to encourage the side shoots to grow; this process will create a more stable and bushier plant.
I’ve started four Lemon plants from seed using the seeds from my grocery purchase and I don’t know the exact type of Lemon plants I’m growing.
The seed that I planted stated that it was a seed of an Aster plant but after it has grown some, I believe it to be some sort of vining Tomato plant but I’ll wait to see what happens.
I’m not sure of what type of Tomato plants I’ve grown but one of the three plants are definitely of the Cherry Tomato family; another grocery purchase that I took the seeds from and sowed out of pure excitement.
Lets Talk: What vegetables and/or fruits are you growing in your garden? Let me know in the comment section below.
When I first started my container garden I pretty much just planted whatever seed that I could get my hands on. My experiences, both good and challenging, led me to come up with a few things that would be beneficial to know when starting your first container garden.
Find Out Your Planting Hardiness Zone.– “USDA Plant Hardiness Zone is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree Fahrenheit zones.” On this site, I simply input my zip code and was told that I had a hardiness zone of 7.
Experiment. Figure out which plants thrive in cool weather and which plants thrive in warm weather. If you purchase seeds, read the back of the packets for valuable information. Some packets will tell you how deep to sow your seeds, how far apart the seeds should be from one another, the sun requirements, and an average of how long it will take for your seeds to mature and be ready for harvest.
Do Some Research. You aren’t the only person who has decided to start a container garden and you won’t be the last. I learn best with visuals and have subscribed to many different YouTube channels that offer gardening videos. I’ve noticed that whether others are gardening outdoors directly into the ground, or in containers, all information given can be of some use.
Get A Bang For Your Buck. When starting something new you never want to spend a ton of money upfront especially when you’re in the learning stages; it’ll be money down the drain. Think outside the box and head to your local discount store and purchase items that can be repurposed as something useful in your garden. I personally use large buckets as plant pots. I use 8 and 16-ounce plastic cups to grow my seedlings and to transplant up in. I use food storage containers to hold my transplants in. I have even used 12-inch wooden dowels to stake my tomato plants.
Have Fun! As a beginning gardener you’ll have more challenges than successes but take it in stride and learn from them. I enjoy seeing what works and figuring out why something didn’t. I believe that as long as you have fun gardening, your passion for it will only get stronger turning your thumb a little bit greener.
Lets Talk: What were your challenges in developing your Container Garden/Outdoor Garden? Let me know in the comment section below.
When the school year comes to an end and the summer begins most teachers worry about their students losing most of what they have learned during the summer break. Some children slide backward academically when they aren’t engaged in reading and math activities during their summer break. I’ve personally dealt with my children falling victim to the ‘Summer Slide’ in reading and have found a way to keep them engaged and actively learning without them even knowing it.
I call this activity “Find and Define”. All you need is an age-appropriate Crossword Book and a Dictionary. The task for your child would be to first find the words listed in the puzzle and then to define each word using the Dictionary.
I tried this with my children and they didn’t have a problem with the extra step of defining the words they already located in the puzzle. Your child will not only learn a new word but also the meaning of that word; a win-win situation if you ask me.
Let’s Talk: Do you have a way to help your child(ren) avoid the dreadful ‘Summer Slide’? Tell me about it in the comment section below; you will be helping parents and children alike.
I know, I know I’ve been away for some time but I fell in love with a new hobby of Gardening. One day I had this incredible urge to grow something. I sort out seeds from my purchased groceries and local discount stores. I have sowed some Tomato seeds, Lemon seeds, Cucumber seeds, Radish seeds, and Turnip seeds in containers. My goal is to produce my very own fruits and vegetables at home.
Below are a few pictures of my Container Garden and the progress I’ve made so far. I will be updating you guys from time to time on my experiences with the various plants that make up my garden.
Let’s Talk: Have you ever wanted to start your own Container Garden? or have you done so already? Let me know in the comment section below.