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Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
9:49 am
I have my first sprouts. The roma tomatoes win the sprouting race.

Again, I'd take pictures but I'm having technical difficulties.

The beans seem to be the runner-up. I don't think I pushed them down far enough when I planted them, because they've all risen to the top. One bean has a root that's readily visible. A few more beans are starting to split open a little bit.

I think having more soil on top would have weighed them down, so that they wouldn't push themselves upward when their roots started to grow. I'll have to sprinkle more soil onto them.

The big boy tomatoes and the cucumbers are still dormant.
Monday, March 16th, 2009
10:27 am
Flats with cats
My cat walked all over my starter flats.

So I have started my windowsill garden, like, a week ago. I took photos and planned an informative, illustrated post, but then a combination of technical difficulties (my computer went kaput) and laziness (I can't be bothered to log into Flickr on my husband's computer) prevented me from following through.

So let me do the type-only version of my windowsill garden so far:

I'm starting with the seeds that will eventually go in my backyard garden: big boy tomatoes, roma tomatoes, cucumbers, and string beans.

I bought a 40-count flat of peat starter pots and I salvaged a black plastic tray I got from a nursery that is designed to carry 6 nursery flats.

The peat pots are in 10 rows of 4. I broke off the last row of 4 so it would fit in the tray. The tray is great - it's long and thin. It hangs off a narrow windowsill just a bit, but if you weigh it down with soil, it should be all right. Just don't bump it too hard. And keep your cats off it!

So now I have 9 rows of 4 peat pots on a nursery tray. I filled them all with potting soil. Then I planted my 4 kinds of seeds in the 4 columns. I wrote labels on some old envelope stickers I had lying around, and I stuck the stickers to the tray.

I had also saved the nursery flats, so I put the four oddball peat pots in it and planted some extra roma tomatoes in them.

I laid out an old dishtowel along the windowsill and put my flats on it.

Fortunately, the cat didn't knock the flats off the windowsill; she just warped it and left pawprints in three of the pots. I don't think it's going to set me back very much. Nothing has sprouted yet, but I expect I'll see sprouts by the end of this week.

Next: indoor lettuce, chard, and arugula.
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
9:41 pm
Welcome post
Welcome to the windowsill garden club!

I haven't seen any seed packet displays in stores yet; they usually start showing up in February. So we have a little time to gather our supplies and introduce ourselves.

I'm hai_kah_uhk. I do have a yard, and I have a garden in my yard. I grow carrots, string beans, tomatoes, and strawberries. Before I bought my house, however, I lived in a series of tiny apartments, and my gardens were limited to my windowsills.

My biggest windowsill success was with Swiss chard. One year, a single medium-sized pot of Swiss chard kept me supplied with sandwich greens for an entire summer. It wasn't enough to make salads out of, unfortunately. If I'd planted 3 or 4 pots of chard, I bet I could have grown enough for two salads per week. I've wanted to try it ever since. That's one of the reasons I started this community.

Last year I grew lettuce and kale, but the bugs shredded them so badly I hardly got a bite for myself. I guess I could try using pesticides, but it seems easier to bring my garden back indoors where the bugs can't get it so easily.

I'll write a proper 'getting started' post later this week. Meanwhile, if anyone else wants to post an introduction, please do.
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