Sunday, February 24, 2013

Seed Starting & Tillers

Well so far today has been very productive!  I went this morning to purchase my first ever tiller at Home Depot.  I bought a Honda FG110 mini tiller.  I am so excited to use it, I just have a couple more weeks to go.  Does anyone have this tiller and if so how do you like it?  I also did some seed starting today.  I started my peppers, eggplant, tomatillos, ground cherries and artichokes.  They are all covered and placed on a heat mat.

Pepper Varieties- Red Roaster, Cubanelle, Sweet Banana, Horizon Orange, Lydia Paprika, & Anaheim Chili
Eggplant Varieties- Lavendar Touch & Rosa Bianca

I am also getting ready to transplant my onion seedlings into individual containers hoping they will get bigger with more room.  I started them in the beginning of January and they just started getting second leaves.  They grow sooooooo slowly.   


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Winter Sowing

I just learned this year about a technique for gardening called Winter Sowing.  I stumbled upon a website called a couple months ago and it has opened up a whole new gardening experience for me.  Not only did I learn about the concept of winter sowing vegetables, herbs and flowers, but you can also receive FREE seeds.  Winter sowing is a germination method in which you start your seeds outdoors during winter using mini-greenhouses made of recycled containers or clear plastic totes.  The winter exposure creates healthy strong plants.  I planted some Broccoli, Cabbage, Pak Choi and Swiss Chard in milk jugs back in the beginning of January and some of the broccoli and pak choi started sprouting in the beginning of February.  I did a second planting in the beginning of February using a clear plastic tote with a clear lid and Solo cups.  I planted some perennial flowers, annual flowers, herbs and some tomatoes in the tote.  I checked the tote yesterday and noticed the Bachelor Buttons are sprouting already!  This technique has freed up some space in my indoor greenhouse which I use to start my pepper, eggplant, onions and other seeds that require warmth to germinate.  I use grow lights and heat mats for those seeds.  I only briefly described winter sowing in this post so if you are interested in learning more about winter sowing visit  They also have a group you can join on Facebook that I find to be very helpful and informative.  Happy gardening!

My First Post!

I am very excited to be writing my first post for my blog.  I have been thinking about starting a gardening blog for awhile now and decided to finally start one with the encouragement of my brother.  I am by no means an expert on gardening, but I feel I can offer some ideas and experiences that may help other gardeners. I have been gardening for 3 years in my two community garden plots that I rent every year from the county I live in.  Each plot is approximately 20x40.  I live in Pennsylvania, Zone 6b.  Gardening is such a rewarding, relaxing and educational hobby in my opinion and I look forward to sharing my information and experiences with you.