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Starting Your Garden Indoors

Welcome to our second week of gardening inspiration! This week I am focusing on starting your garden indoors. With seeds or bulbs. Last year when I planted my garden I thought I had given my bulbs enough time to get going, But I was wrong and sadly my Gladiolas did not bloom 🙁 I came upon a post about starting your bulbs indoors in a bit of water and rocks. So this yea I will doing this 🙂

Starting bulbs indoors lets you force the bulbs to make them flower out of season. Crocuses, daffodils, tulips and irises are some of the bulbs that can be started and grown in vases with gravel. The bulbs must be chilled in the refrigerator before planting and exposing them to warmth. Use larger vases for large bulbs or a multitude of bulbs.

All you have to do is get a vase, or really any container. I prefer a clear vase because I can see the bulb and the growth of the roots. Before you put the bulb into the water, you will need to cool the bulb. Place the bulb in a cool, dark area for four to six weeks. You don’t want the bulb to be sitting in water so you want to have rocks propping the bulb up and to keep the bulb from sitting directly in the water. If the area is too warm, the bulb will produce more leaves than blossoms. When the flower stalks appears, place the vase in a warm display area. Do not use the same bulb next year for forcing, because most of its stored energy has been used up. Throw out the bulb or plant it outside in the garden.

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Starting your seeds indoors:

For most seeds you dont need to start them early. But with some, like corn, squash, and mellons I would recommend starting early. For beans, and corn its easy enough you can simply put them in water and when they begin to sprout you can plant them in any small containers; when they have a nice stalk/sprout to them (and its warm enough outside) you can transplant them to your garden.

With other seeds simply get your containers ready with soil (peat-moss) and make sure its nice an moist. You can add fertilizer if you wish but I would wait until they are actually growing. Use your finger and push down the soil, you can drop in a seed , or more if the envelope says to. Cover the seed with the soil, dont push it down to hard. Then give it a good watering. Place the container/planter in a nice warm sunny area and watch everyday for the first signs of life 🙂

A great site to visit for more information is : http://gardening.about.com/od/seedstarting/a/SeedStartingFAQ.htm

 

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As always if you want to please send us photos of your little garden, or large gardens 🙂 We love seeing your projects!

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Herb Gardens – Welcome to Spring

Well today is technically the first day of Spring…… Mother Nature you are a cruel lady!
Well today starts my six weeks of garden inspiration
You can have a garden no matter what size of home you have. Gardens can be on the wall, hanging, in pots, in the ground. If you have something that has a hole in it…. you can grow a plant.

This week I am going to focus on herb gardens indoors. Something you can start right away and not worry if its going to get killed by frost.

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Growing herbs indoors is an easy and rewarding hobby. From a few plants on a windowsill, to a complete indoor lighting and watering setup, growing herbs is fun! Here are 7 you need to know to grow a healthy garden indoors.

1.  Light

Keep herbs healthy by providing 14 to 16 hours of artificial light, or 6 hours of natural light a day.

2.  Temperature

Keep indoor garden temperatures fairly constant, between 15-20 degrees is optimal

3.  Air Circulation

Herbs need to have proper airflow to keep bacteria and pests at bay. Be sure to keep the air moving in the room that contains your indoor herb garden.

4.  Soil

Indoor gardening soil has to be light and have exceptional drainage. Buy potting soil specifically, or make your own using 1 part bagged potting soil, 1 part sand and 1 part peat moss.

5.  Fertilizer

Indoor herbs require a a different fertilization schedule than those grown in an outdoor environment.

You can grow your herbs in just about any container. A few things to look out for would be insects, water drainage, and enough sunlight.

6.  Water

Indoor herb gardens require careful attention to watering, no matter if your herb likes extra moisture or drier conditions, a plant sitting in water is never good.

7.  Pests

Although herbs are not bothered as much as vegetables and flowers can be, in an indoor garden, the artificial conditions can increase your pest problem. To prevent pests from ruining your indoor garden, keep a close eye on your plants and use a soapy spray at the first sign of infestation. Handpick any pests that you see and provide sticky traps to control the rest.
**the above 7 steps are taken from herbgardens.about.com

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If you have pets you will need to keep an eye on your plants. Animals attract tiny sucking insects that will hover and crawl around your plants. You can get rid of them with tepid soapy water.Using a spray bottle simply mist the plant, make sure to get under the leaves as that is where bugs like to hide and lay eggs.
Water drainage is essential, you need to make sure that your herbs are not sitting in water.
During the winter, (and if you do not have direct sunlight in your home) I would suggest getting florescent lights as they will provide proper lighting for your herbs.

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Herbs grow very well indoors. They take no more time and effort than a regular houseplant once you decide on the best location for them. Use the different areas in your home to grow herbs with different needs. You will soon have delicious herbal additions to your home with little fuss.

 

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If anyone reading this has an indoor herb garden please feel free to take pictures and share them with us! You can email them at homereuseables@gmail.com or facebook them to us!! We would love to see them. Also next month we are planning a Tea Cup gardening class 🙂 Using tea cups from FIND Edmonton, we will be making herb gardens. Price to be determined.