My hydroponic garden is humming along beautifully! I’ve been completely swamped with lots of home and garden projects and shop orders so I’ve hardly had a minute to breathe let alone update the cart happenings here. And with my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary party here in just over a month I doubt I’ll be able to update the happenings very frequently, if at all. I’ve tried to put a post together a few times over the last few weeks, but I have been too busy to finish one. I will include photos I have taken over the last week as well as today’s.
Sadly, we’ve had our first casualty in the cart. We lost one of the African violet cuttings to rot and the other one just didn’t produce any roots so I gave up. I am assuming they didn’t take because I don’t think they like their feet wet and in the cart they are wet all the time. Also, one of the rosemary cuttings started looking like it was having some problems so I ended up transplanting both of them into some soil. They are doing fine now, and now that my rose bushes are out of dormancy, I plan to try propagating them soon too.
I’ve transplanted lots of the original seedlings out of the cart and started lots more for the outdoor garden. My original plan was to start most of my garden plants in the cart, but in actuality that really wasn’t reasonable considering the size of my garden. In the end I decided to start most all of my seedlings the “old fashioned way”: Jiffy pellets! I purchased a wonderful little greenhouse on wheels and I absolutely love it! I position it over a vent in my sunroom when the heat is on and with the sun beaming in it is the most wonderful little nursery! In addition to all of the seeds I started in the Jiffy pellets, I also have some transplants from the cart in the greenhouse (second shelf from the top on the left).
The tomato plants are growing beautifully and are a gorgeous deep shade of green like nothing I’ve seen before from even the healthiest of tomato plants. A few days ago I even noticed some buds! Looks like we should have some fruit growing before too long.
We had some delicious baked tilapia the other night with a fresh dill sauce. This was one of the original seeds I started and it’s doing quite nicely. Here’s what’s left of the dill plant after our first harvest.
It’s taken some time, but the parsley is coming along now.
How awesome does this lettuce and pak choy look?
Her are a couple “root shots” from back on the 18th. Notice how the lettuce has grown in the last week!
And the roots of one of the tomato plants, also from the 18th.
These are the first transplants from the cart. I love the tree bark plugs that we used to plant the seeds in in the cart. I just plopped them into the pots and added more soil. You can just see one of the rosemary cuttings in far back left. The other one is hiding next to it behind a bush basil plant. (Notice my raised bed garden in the background. It’s currently undergoing a major renovation. Hopefully in the next week the pathways will be mulch instead of grass…. hopefully!)
Here’s a shot from back on the 18th. You can see how much my lettuce and pak choy have grown since then! I’ve never grown pak choy before so I don’t really know when it’s ready for harvest or really even what to do with it. Do leave me a comment if you have some advice.
I am pretty new to starting my own seedlings. Last year was my first really successful attempt. I was pretty surprised when most of them actually sprouted, and in most cases, lived a long, full life producing a nice harvest! So, feeling like a pro I decided to start even more seedling this year. They are doing pretty well, but I think I may have overwatered some of them, but I am hoping for the best. I’ve started way more than I possibly have room for, but I went a little nuts when I ordered from the seed catalog. Everything just looked so good!
So there you have it. I have no idea when I will find time to post again. I am completely buried with projects and there will be a whirlwind of activity until after my parent’s party the first part of June . In the meantime, I plan to enjoy the fruits of my labor and look forward with great anticipation to planting my outdoor garden in a couple of weeks! Hopefully I will find enough time to put up a few pictures as I’ve had a few fun additions to the garden this year (you know you’re getting old when adding garden ornaments gives you the feeling of giddiness much like Christmas morning!)