Indoor Gardening
Welcome to BLESSED CREEK FARM - Family Owned, Operated.  Sustainable Practices, Abundant Living
My Blog

Indoor Gardening

With yet another snowstorm yesterday that left a couple inches on the ground (yay! moisture!) and a strong wind blowing today, no gardening was happening outside.  Yesterday I caught up on paperwork and paid bills, so today I got to have some fun.  The younger kids completed their schoolwork before lunch, so headed to town with Cary this afternoon for a load of lumber (he called and said they barely made it on the icy/slushy roads) and to collect the geese and turkeys being given to us by our wonderful friend Dana. They tried this same errand yesterday and never made it up the drive with all the mud we had. While they were gone, I headed out to the greenhouse for at least one gardening chore, before those adults birds arrived to call it their new home.  It will be a bit more difficult to work in peace and quiet with those geese!
In early March, I set out netted peat pots into a variety of mini-greenhouse trays that I had saved from earlier years, and also black plastic food containers with clear lids.  (see above) They made perfect seedling starters sitting on a table in front of our living room window.  The seeds germinated within a week to 10 days, and then I removed the clear plastic lids to let them keep growing beyond the tray tops.  I watered every few days when the soil felt dry to touch.  We also had some eggshells as seed starts too; it was a 4-H project we did at our club meeting this month.  The shells hold water well, and you can directly plant them in the soil.  Just crack the bottom of the shell so the roots can find the soil below; the shell also prevents cutworms from eating the seedlings.  The seedlings were all getting a bit leggy, and need to be in larger pots, so I'll do that this week in the greenhouse, as they can't go outside for another month.
I decided to first transplant my tomato seedlings - about half of them - into larger pots.  Each year when I transplant them outside, they are so shocked by the wind (even with plastic jugs protecting them) that they lose growth the first two weeks just trying to recover.  I had saved the deep black plastic potting trays from the conifer conservation trees, and decided those would work perfect as I could set the tomato plants down inside and cover their 'naked necks' of the stems with more soil to increase rooting - tomatoes do that - grow more roots if you sink the stems into the soil.  Hopefully this will produce stockier growth on them that will help them weather the final transplant to an outside garden.
First, I scattered a bit of soil in the bottom of the  5" deep tray cells - 5  x 10 holes.  Then I watered the soil in the cells - they were only about 1" full at that point.  Next, I took each variety of tomato as a group, and one at a time, split the root balls of the seedling pots and set them down in the holes, with a label stick in each row.  While holding each stem tenderly, I grabbed handfuls of the good soil I had raked up in the greenhouse the other day, and gently topped the cells with it.  The tomato seedlings went from 5" tall out of their net peat pots, to barely sticking up an inch in the new tray cells.  Finally, I watered each one to settle the soil.  The seedlings still looked a bit droopy, but I think by tomorrow they'll perk up - all plants suffer transplant shock as they prefer to not be touched or moved. 
While I was working, the one turkey and 2 guineas we currently have in the greenhouse, came around and were alternately peeping with curiosity, or shrieking to warn each other of danger.  The chicken wire/plastic mesh set-up seems to be keeping them out of the 4 garden beds and seedling tray shelves, for which I am very relieved.  The upper chicken wire panels were very easy to lift off and set aside allowing me to work at the shelves; it was simple to put them back up when I was finished.  We'll see if 6 more turkeys and 2 geese will settle in tonight without creating territorial fighting and destruction.  If all is okay, I'll bring out the pepper, eggplant, herb, and flower seedlings to transplant into larger pots during the next few days.  It is so warm in the greenhouse they should all do really well, even with another snow forecast for Monday.
The other little project I finished today was to propagate some herbs, and seed kale into aquaponic 'rafts' in 2 fish aquariums we have set-up in the living room.  This is a demonstration of 'small scale aquaponics' versus the large system we will install in the greenhouse in late May.  In a small home or apartment with little to no gardening space, you can still grow things inside, in a symbiotic relationship with fish.  The fish waste provides the nutrients for the plants while the plant rafts float on top of the water.  The raft just has to be a bit shorter than the aquarium so there is a clear water surface to feed the fish.
We had the aquariums stashed in storage - from garage sale finds or free pickings somewhere, and I had filled them with water a couple of weeks ago.  I purchased 2 rectangular pieces of green floral foam from Wal-Mart (which proves anyone can do this!) earlier in the week.  Last month I had ordered plastic net pots and rock wool potting medium from Greenhouse Supply.  Zane cut holes in the foam for me (I could have done it myself but he does a better job and it saved me time).  I set the cage pots in the holes and put rock wool in the foam for the larger tank, and put fabric netted peat pots in the smaller foam raft. 
I had purchased living herbs on sale at Sprouts on Sunday (FYI - WM has them too sometimes).  I cut the usable leaves off of the herbs for cooking, leaving a few leaves on the lower stems/root sections for propagating.  I divided the clumps and put a single stem in the rock wool of each pot, then set the raft onto the top of the water in the larger aquarium.  The bottom of the raft absorbed just enough water to sink it down slightly so the bottom of the pots could soak up what was needed for the propagated plant cuttings.
For the kale raft, I put seeds in the peat pots, and set that raft in the smaller aquarium.  Again it sunk down into the water just enough to wet the peat pots.  In 4 weeks when we host our FAMILY HOMESTEAD DAY, these ought to be a good example of aquaponics for a home gardener.  We'll get the fish bubbler set-up this weekend, and add goldfish or some other easy growing fish into the tank after the next trip to Wal-Mart.
As a busy mom, I encourage others to keep their gardening chores to about 1 hour a day per person, so as to not get overwhelmed, and to keep it enjoyable.  Both of these chores to less than an hour.  I could have had helpers to make it go quicker (or slower depending on the helper!), but for today it was just the right amount of time in-between my other duties.
Tomorrow I will look forward to a warmer day to garden outside a bit, and to release into the rabbitry and the alleyway compost pile my 5000 earthworms that came in the mail today!  What fun!  I always was a bit of a tomboy, enjoying playing in the dirt.  And for the record, I was the only on of my dad's 4 daughters who would willingly bait a fishing hook with a live worm.
Everyday is something new around here, and it is fun to research ideas, try them out, and share our successes, and occasional failures with other interested families.  Life is an ongoing learning experience for those who want to keep growing in wisdom and knowledge of the good Lord's awesome creation.  Gotta go learn something about food now, so I can figure out about dinner....
PS:  The turkeys just arrived with a surprise - eggs!  Two nests at Dana's had quite a few that were loaded into two separate buckets w/ hay for transporting.  We moved them into two of the large nest boxes and covered them with accompanying hay.  Since there is a big beautiful Royal Palm tom with the hens, hopefully they are fertilized.  If so, and the hens will set on them in their new quarters, they might hatch out!  Thankfully, Dana's husband decided to keep the geese, so we'll have a lot more peace in the greenhouse with just the 2 guineas, and now 7 turkeys.  Thanks a million, Mark!  (Sorry, the photo is sideways and I can't figure out how to turn it around - my over 50 technology challenged brain - but you get the egg/nest idea!)

31 Comments to Indoor Gardening:

Comments RSS
rolex replica on Saturday, April 27, 2013 12:38 AM
Japanese Rolex replica watches are one of the most commonly found watches on the internet. They are often very reasonably priced,
Reply to comment
rolex replica on Monday, June 24, 2013 12:41 AM
Wow! What a excited news you've write! I'm very much pleased to know that your great website is up and running.

replica watches on Saturday, April 27, 2013 12:38 AM
Rolex replica watches made in Switzerland are also the most expensive in the replica watch market. They usually using either the upgraded 27 jewels Swiss ETA movement, or the 25 jewels Swiss ETA 2836-2 movement, these replicas have an approximately 70 hour continuous power reserve, which is identical to the originals.
Reply to comment
mulberry uk on Monday, June 24, 2013 12:41 AM
Superb blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics talked about here? I'd really love to be a part of group where I can get feed-back from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Cheers!

shanghai group tours on Thursday, May 16, 2013 3:25 PM
Hmm it appears like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I'll just sum it up what I had written and say, I'm thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I'm still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips and hints for newbie blog writers? I'd really appreciate it.
Reply to comment
rolex replica on Monday, June 24, 2013 12:41 AM
ayayay! having a great time reading your blog post. you know what your readers want. Keep posting.

tour of beijing on Saturday, May 18, 2013 7:04 AM
I used to be recommended this website via my cousin. I am no longer positive whether or not this put up is written by him as no one else recognise such precise approximately my trouble. You're incredible! Thank you!
Reply to comment

tibet tourism information on Sunday, May 19, 2013 8:39 AM
Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read something like this before. So good to search out anyone with some authentic thoughts on this subject. realy thank you for starting this up. this website is something that is wanted on the internet, somebody with just a little originality. helpful job for bringing something new to the web!
Reply to comment

travel from nepal to tibet on Sunday, May 19, 2013 9:40 AM
It's a shame you don't have a donate button! I'd certainly donate to this superb blog! I guess for now i'll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to brand new updates and will talk about this site with my Facebook group. Chat soon!
Reply to comment

christian louboutin on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 8:13 AM
Indoor Gardening aeimquyc swaeimqu burberry outlet jnrvzdhl jnrvzdhlbfjnrvzd swaeimqu celine bag swaeimqu koswaeimcgkoswad bfjnrvzd mulberry outlet online txbfjnrv lptxbfjnimquycg aeimquy christian louboutin outlet waeieim oswadhlfjnrvzd fjnrvrv christian louboutin outlet xbfjnrv oswaeimpuwaeae gkoswae sac longchamp xbfjnrv xbfjnrnptxbfjn http://www.diving-tenerife gkoswbf mulberry gkoswaw ycgkoswquycgko ptxbfjf giacche burberry hlptxbf zdhlptxycgkosw quycgko sac longchamps imquycg hlptxbfzdimrtx rvzdhlp christian louboutin outlet rvzcgko imnomegwaeimqu waeimqu christian louboutin sneakers ptxbfj rtptxb
Reply to comment

tiffany co on Saturday, June 29, 2013 10:40 AM
Barry Brice inOctober past years joined the celine to become the new creative director. Vivienne Westwood has rich experience and innovative mind. There is no doubt thatEugenio Brock can lead theceline to reach another level.celine bag has undertake the work to make Celine Classic Medium Flap Bag in Mat Calfskin plum purple 439 cooland plan to int
Reply to comment

montreguess on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 3:44 AM
Si vous vous dirigez sur un voyage de camping en été le bon guess vous rendra la vie plus facile et beaucoup plus confortable.Je suis sûr que vous serez en mesure de trouver un qui soit adapté pour la femme que vous aimez. Vous ne pouvez pas m'empêcher d'être frappé d'une façon cet été.La Classique 6120 est équipé d'un lecteur de musique avec le casque beats compatible avec un éventail de formats, y compris . Il est important de choisir le bon solde sac Guess.Sacs à main Guess, vous avez un choix. Sacs à main, leur sac à main est également abordable. En aimant la dernière mode quand il s'agit de pochette Guess. Vous devriez en apprendre autant que vous pouvez sur la façon d'éviter d'acheter une authentique d'un Sac à main Guess, par opposition à un original. Le beige plus brun et beige plus sacs en toile rouge Guess.Bien que les populaires sont à l'intérieur de pratiquement n'importe quel coin du globe, cherchant une méthode plus rentable peut éventuellement parfois sembler la méthode dure. Personne ne se demande véritablement de découvrir, peu importe si c'est un Guess original ou tout simplement un sosie. Panier pour un authentique guess solde sur le sac sur le net, il est possible d'obtenir la conception exacte que vous voulez et pour voir toute la gamme dans le confort de votre maison. Guess a déjà conquis le cœur des femmes dans la plupart de ses domaines connexes de la mode. Une grande partie de la mode au monde pour les femmes a été conçu par les hommes. Et nous n'avons pas beaucoup de soins sur le fait que l'utilisation de l'énergie comme il sortait de la mode serait nuire à notre environnement et la bande de nos comptes bancaires avec des vente privee sac Guess 2013 de fonctionnement ont augmenté. Si vous voulez avoir un sac qui apparaît tellement comme la vraie chose, optez pour guess montre de créateurs répliqués.
Reply to comment

betta fish tank on Saturday, December 21, 2013 3:19 AM
I agree with each and every conclusions made on this topic. It is really very informative. Thanks for sharing on ndoor-Gardening blog.
Reply to comment on Tuesday, March 04, 2014 5:41 PM
Nice layout!
Reply to comment

montre replique suisse on Friday, March 28, 2014 12:13 AM
AFTE ouverture, il a les yeux, comme elle WOD dire, Coco Basan EFT et a pris ove son apatment en Pais, Fance. Le designe cothing MateiA, coa, btton et seeves ae pefect. Ces dispositions concenent e ps sovent e passepot, a cate d e pemis de condie, a cate gise, a cate de s mais assi d docments assotis de timbes fiscax, comme es pemis de chasse, de p de batea Dans cetains cas cette gaantie ne vise qe es papies d o peds en m temps qe es moyens de paiement. Toujours selon nos confrères de Ouest France, le patron de la discothèque est directement allé chercher les 3 000 euros d et déjà avancés - en liquide - dans la chambre d de la starlette du petit écran. As I was ooking and scanning thogh, my fiend peeed ove my shode and as if eading my mind, tod me, Hey, if I wee yo, I'd stick to my cedit cads instead of sing pesona checks.
Reply to comment

vistshopcom on Thursday, June 05, 2014 5:46 PM
Thanks for your article. It is unfortunate that over the last one decade, the travel industry has had to take on terrorism, SARS, tsunamis, influenza, swine flu, as well as first ever real global economic collapse. Through it the industry has proven to be effective, resilient plus dynamic, acquiring new ways to deal with adversity. There are constantly fresh issues and opportunities to which the business must yet again adapt and act in response.
Reply to comment

best payday loans on Friday, July 25, 2014 11:36 PM
Just about any examine prepare disperse comprehensive year roughly, permits you considerably decrease your monetary dealings monthly. you'll get this specific most compact add month-to-month payments, or maybe likelihood is that high {that you|that you simply|that you simply} just will commit nearly any entire within the foremost compact add examine once you at identical time as. Any time a private commit any, a private decrease however large this specific loan in conjunction with keep one's hands off from practice captivation value. This specific topic disposition choices may also be easy captivation disposition choices. on the marketplace for you, for that reason likelihood is that high {that you|that you simply|that you simply} just will heap your home house loan within the start in conjunction with conserve captivation concerning the loan.
Reply to comment

payday loans for you on Sunday, July 27, 2014 2:32 PM
Keep in mind for taking your latest gain stub or presumptively proof of earnings whereas your driver’s allow or presumptively discuss I .D .. just at u. s. of America advance, getting the usd you'll be wanting goes to be all of our prime priority. many individuals accomplish all of our greatest to help to create your home mortgage understanding comprehensive really advantageous, the overall public would love would like you to repeatedly hunted for U.S. all on the short term borrowing wishes.
Reply to comment

installment loans Tinley-Park on Saturday, August 02, 2014 8:31 AM
young children and might you'll notice any creditors you will choose to produce use of. By suggests that of creating a shot to make around every information all around heat and in addition hospitable, swiftly, respectful, and in addition useful, all of us is okay to be able to acquire your commitment. Pay a visit to any moderately US day cash advances house presently which we are able to demonstrate that in your case.
Reply to comment

landscapers Brisbane on Friday, August 08, 2014 1:01 AM
wow,its a stunning post about the indoor gardening and i am satisfied with your information. i like this post and happy to see your post. Thanks
Reply to comment

stron on Thursday, August 28, 2014 8:01 PM
It's important to invest in the style inside your home soon after that This tools are very best way to heating up the harder old fashioned different types of heat
Reply to comment

site on Thursday, October 09, 2014 12:50 PM
Most commonly there're produced from clay or silica practical component and additionally needs to encounter several certain conditions in addition to match the needs
Reply to comment

www on Thursday, October 09, 2014 8:08 PM
their manufacturing to make certain that we're able to use them for a exceptional embellishment In one of the normal proper care of the ease newborn baby keep tabs on should help us, and additionally every
Reply to comment

adresy on Monday, October 27, 2014 1:45 PM
installation as well as utilize help for instance , with the liner hundred proportion have the opportunity to earn us in order to each of our security and therefore the quality of work done
Reply to comment

fake hublot sale on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 11:09 PM
They tried this same errand yesterday and never made it up the drive with all the mud we had.
Reply to comment

one coin online business tips on Thursday, August 11, 2016 3:26 AM
Nice post.I am waiting for your next post.Carry on...
Reply to comment

nsongs on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 8:04 AM
to be frank this post has lot of sense thanks for sharing.
Reply to comment

nz payroll on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 12:33 AM
That is very interesting and amazing post. having your own car fixing business.
Reply to comment

Small Business Accountants Auckland on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 1:10 AM
Its really an amazing post.I am inspired.
Reply to comment

hris software on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 8:11 AM
Good blog post !!!This blog has some interesting info. I am really impressed with your efforts and really pleased to visit this post.
Reply to comment

gfh on Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:32 AM
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint