Monday, May 4, 2015

Stacking Vertical Gardening Containers! Why Didn't I Know About These?

Stackable Vertical Garden Towers
Stacking Vertical Garden Containers
Growing space problem solved. I can grow so much with these 5 Tiered Vertical Gardening Planters. I'm excited.

I cannot wait to get these delivered. I'm tempted to order 20 sets, but I will have to settle for two or three right now.

Each tier has four planters - that's 20 plants in a space I could normally grow only a few. The top has a reservoir to fill with water, which drains down and waters each pot. This is perfect. It's genius. 

You can put these in the garden, on the patio, in the greenhouse or in the house. Water trays are also available to catch the leaks. 

5 Tiered Hanging and Stacking 

Indoor Outdoor Vertical Strawberry Planter

This is what I've been looking for! Think about how much you can grow in a small space with these, and how easy it will be to harvest. They will be perfect for strawberries and lettuce, but you can grow peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and lots more in them. I've been reading through the product reviews and people are happy with this. I'm so glad they are. My gardening prayers have been answered. 

Watch for these garden towers in my gardens.

Happy gardening,


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Sprouting Alfalfa? Save That Water

Sprouting alfalfa? Save that water.
Sprouting alfalfa seed? Save that water
and feed your garden.
Alfalfa sprouts are quick and easy to grow. They also require soaking, rinsing and draining throughout the growing process. Save that water! We are in a drought, you know.

Drought concerns aside, the water from sprouting seeds has a few nutrients that will help your garden grow. Alfalfa tea is a rose grower's favorite nutrient, but it isn't just for roses. Use it in your container and vegetable gardens. Alfalfa tea provides nutrients for the life living in your soil. I use it weekly in our container gardens to keep the soil nutrient-rich and the plants green and healthy. We also use alfalfa tea on flowering plants to encourage more blooms.

The first soak - when you hydrate your seeds - will produce a dark brown water. That's the good stuff. Dilute it with fresh water 5:1 and pour it into the soil. Remember, we are feeding the soil, not the plants. The soil feeds the plants.

Subsequent rinses and drains will provide a nominal amount of nutrients in the water. Use the rinse water straight up. I usually save it in a container until I have enough to water a few plants. Once you have rinsed and drained the sprouts for a few days you will have saved quite a bit.

So let's get to it. Sprout alfalfa. Grow alfalfa. Click here to buy alfalfa sprouting seeds. 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Drought and the California Mentality

This morning, while speaking with someone on the phone, the topic of gardening came up. Huh! Go figure!

Through the course of this conversation it became clear that this avid gardener I was speaking with has either no clue or no care about the California drought. Most likely, it is no care or concern. Her statement to me this morning was this, "I am not letting my grass and landscape die because of this drought. I have invested too much money."

And so there you have it. The California mentality all wrapped up into 2 simple sentences. And it all comes down to money.

Money people have spent on landscaping.

Money people have spent on landscaping and plants that have no purpose other than to look pretty and have no business growing in Southern California.

I have not blogged in a while because I have made a decision to not say anything until I have something to say.

Today, my gardening friends, is the day. I have something to say.

And I have one question for you: What is your garden doing?

In other words, why is it there? Why is it growing? Does it have a purpose other than looking pretty? Is it a responsible use of resources?

Does it really all come down to money for you? The money you've spent? Are appearances all that important? Will you feel the same way when you are paying for water to be trucked in so you can brush your teeth every and flush your toilet?

Get over the perfect landscape, people. Do yourself and the rest of us a favor and start thinking about the future of life in our state. Your lawn is not going to feed you. And, eventually, it will die because your water will either be cut off or too expensive to waste on growing grass and ornamental landscape. .

Rant over. Thank you for reading.
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