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      Thursday, April 15, 2010

11:48 AM - 04/15/2010

The topic: Finally…


I finally did it.

Last year we tried our hands at upside down plants.  A tomato and a pepper.  Not successful at all.  Brian used some sort of special soil and I did not know this. This special soil retained water. 

I overwatered said plants.

So, this year, we’re starting from seed.  Forget the upside down part.  We were saving egg cartons to start the plants in, but they’re the cardboard kind.  Then we bought some apples at CostCo and they came in clear plastic containers, with little compartments for each apple.  I thought these would be much better for germinating the seeds.   When the lids are closed, light still gets in and they’ll stay moist longer.  And they’ll retain some heat.  Both good for germination.

They hold fourteen apples.  In one I planted seven brandywine seeds and seven beefsteak seeds (both tomatoes). In the other I planted fourteen pepper seeds.  Since I’ve never had much luck with pepper plants I’m hoping the more I have, the better chance I’ve got of some decent peppers this year. 

I took pictures.  And if anything happens, I’ll take more.

I don’t claim to possess a green thumb.

You might want to try using peat pots for future plantings.  They’re cheap, readily available at garden centers and hardware stores, and convenient.  You never have to disturb the plant roots, because you plant pot and all.  The pot disintegrates (it’s eco-friendly) and the plant roots go right through it.  I’ve had great luck with this method.

Posted by Trudy @ Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 4:29:21 PM

I’ve seen those apple containers.  What a nifty idea!

Posted by Lisa @ Friday, April 16, 2010 - 4:39:31 PM

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Trudy, I guess you could say I’m recycling these containers since if I hadn’t used them for germinating, they’d have been tossed. And if they work this year, they’ll be okay for next.

That’s what I’m hoping, anyway.

Posted by lisaviolet @ Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 1:29:11 PM

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