July 27, 2012
Hi There, fellow gardeners!
I 've been really inspired by this blog to try and turn my brown thumb green.
I stumbled onto this site on a random google search for a nursery and boy, was I in luck!...and it turns out a live just a few kms away from the GG Gardening store!
Felt compelled to give it a go.
So, Here I am.
Its my first post and I'd like to say Thanks a million to GG and his partner for their awesome work.
I loved the little store NOT because it had everything you need to start off but because I felt welcome and the genuine eagerness to help you along.
I hadn't taken a huge amount of cash with me but I managed to spend almost all of it!Hopefully, I can use my credit card the next time I go there.
We have a sliver of land running around the house we rent...but I wanted to use our first floor balcony which we barely enter..cos there is no view as such from it except the facade of 3 neighbouring houses and its fairly hot and sunny.
To start off I bought:
2 packs of coco peat
1 insecticide spray- organic( thought a lot about panchagavyam..but didn't like the prospect of imagining cow's pee on my spinach leaves)
1 pack of 50 'tablets' to help plant growth(called 'growtabbs') and something to aid flowering( Orchid Boon')
1 tray to grow seedlings in.
1 black plastic sheet that can be folded into a container, complete with its own set of screws,washers, 2 bits of rope (it hold it all together) and a couple of 'trays' to stand them on( to help the container drain properly).
and the exciting bit :
chose some seeds:
veggies/ herbs/ greens
3) seedless cucumber
7) red cabbage
3 flowering plants: pansy, gazania and tithonia.
a potted strawberry plant.
and a finally a seedling of capsicum( duly warned that it needs extra care and attention..therefore didn't start with the seeds). i'll wait to see how i get on with this first. 🙂
I was itching to get started the same day but it was only 3 days later, i.e yesterday that i could actually get my hands dirty!
Began by clearing out the balcony..kept the big plastic container and seedling tray close to the drainage pipe in the balcony.
Brought a few heavy pots filled with soil from my back garden..( the grave where my old plants died a sad death)... and half a sack full of what a gardener sold to me as as 'manure'(but what looked like dried up dirt from a gutter- complete with plastic wrappers, plastic threads, cement blocks, stones..and grey-balack mud/filth). 🙁
I had a pale yellow baby bathing tub for which i have no further use..and inspiration struck. I hated to throw it away cos it has memories attached to it....yes, I am a hoarder! It can't really be used again/ given away as the base is rough/ slightly torn.
decided to use it to fluff up the coco peat..added plenty of water to the open end of the pack..and scraped the stuff as it got moist and loose.
dumped all the soil from the various pots into the big black plastic box...there were plenty of earthworms..which i guess will be good for the plants...
dissolved some of the growth tabs in a mug of water and sprinkled it over the mix of soil and cocopeat..hoping it'll do the job for now..cos i got a shock and a half when i discovered the true contents of the 'manure'.
It will take me a few days to get my hands on some manure/ compost...but in the meanwhile i filled some pots and the seedlings tray with the re-constitited mix.
The strawberry was potted first, then came the li'l capsicum seedling and a final attempt at resurrecting a red geranium (with a cutting) which was beginning to rot at the root end.
and today I plan to make a few labels and attach them onto...? maybe toothpicks..or sth similar..and then plant my seeds and keep my brown fingers crossed!
I am wondering if I should involve my 6 yr old son in the planting bit cos he'll surely enjoy it..but i am still a bit wary as he can get a bit carried away...( a year ago....my heart sank when he cheerily called out to me saying...''mamma- can i have extra points for mowing that 'lawn' in your pot?''..and i found a whole row of grape hyacinths (that had managed to survive my brown fingers) snipped through the middle...they were hardy though and did flower eventually!)
As for that swindler maali who sold me the dirt instead of the crap...I only hope I can find him again to return that sack full of garbage and give him a piece of my mind.
I hope I persevere long enough ..that I find myself coming back here to update you on the progress of my little veggie patch and garden, post pics etc..
Thanks again to GG and his partner !!
March 14, 2012
July 27, 2012