Tuesday, January 29, 2013

This song is stuck in my head!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Starting seeds indoors

Supplies needed to make a self watering indoor seed starter: one 2 liter bottle, duct tape, cotton rope, scissors, sharpie and a 1/8 inch drill bit.
Remove the label off the bottle and rinse it out completely.

Draw a line with the sharpie marker7 inches up and around the whole bottle and cut along the line.
Put duct tape around the bottom half to create a lip for the top half to rest on, making it easier to remove the top half to refill the water.
Drill a hole in the bottle cap.
Run the 12 inch length of cotton rope through the hole of the cap. Be sure to tie a knot so the string won't pull through.
The bottom part of the sting hangs down in the water wicking it up into the soil of the top half of the bottle.
Be sure to use a good potting mix that will absorb the water and keep it moist for the seeds to germinate.
Fill the top half of the bottle about 2/3 of the way up. be sure that the cotton rope is evenly wrapped through the soil to help keep all the potting mix moist.

Once it is filled 2/3 of the way level the potting mix to add the seeds.
Today I am adding Cosmo seeds that I got for free at last years home and garden show.

Spread the seeds across the top of the potting mix, then add another 1/4 inch of potting mix on top of that.
Finally add the water to the bottom half up to the cap and put in a nice warm and sunny spot, then wait for the seeds to do their thing.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Dissappointing Home and Garden show

I thought going to the Indianapolis Home and Garden show would be motivating and give me some good ideas for this spring, especially since we are still buried under all the snow from last weeks blizzard. Instead it was the typical Home show booths that you see everywhere and almost nothing to do with the garden side of the home and garden show. There were about 20 booths selling rain gutter protectors, another 12 selling vinyl siding, the random tupperware or Mary Kay booth and the typical Billy Mays wanna-be selling some crap that nobody needs.

After wondering up and down the aisles for 45 minutes of pure disappointment we came across an older gentleman selling some really cool looking hummingbird feeders. I stopped to listen to his pitch, he explained all the benefits of the bird feeder, how it keeps ants and bees out of it, he hit it with a hammer to prove it was a quality product and even offered us a deal if we bought it from him today instead of buying it from his wife online at http://www.birdwatchers.com/cgi-bin/shopper?preadd=action&key=LMBLSPOM&reference=/cgi-bin/shopper%3Fsearch%3Daction%26keywords%3Dhummingbirdfeeders%26searchstart%3D0%26template%3DTemplates/SearchResult.html.

It was a little more than I would normally spend for a bird feeder so I walked away and checked out the rest of the booths. After another 15 minutes of disappointment with people selling garage floor paint or the best cooking pan in the world, I went back to the bird feeder booth and bought one. The passion he had for his product and his sales pitch was good enough for me, now I can't wait till spring when all the hummingbirds come back to see if this feeder is as good as he said it was.