Garden Update: Plant Massacre, Sunflower Bloom, Huge Taters and Perfect Compost

I’ve been on hiatus taking care of some personal business, but here is a quick update on the progress of my garden.

 

First, let’s start with the massacre that took place a few weeks ago. Most of my crop was destroyed by an innocent mistake from an overzealous “caretaker”. 

 

 

One of my sunflowers finally bloomed. The rest are sure to follow.

 

 

Look at this huge bucket potato!

 

 

My compost bin is a huge success. Everything completely decomposed. 

DIY Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

Since I started my gardening journey, instead of throwing out old bottles and cans I’ve been saving them I finding different uses for them in my gardening. So today was the day I decided to do something.

I took 3 bottles I had laying around to use to make plastic bottle greenhouses. 

Why make plastic greenhouse bottles? Well, because of the greenhouse effect of course. The bottle traps the energy from the sun and raises the temperature in the bottle. Some plants grow well in warm temperatures and some seeds require warm temperatures to germinate. 

There are many different uses for plastic greenhouse bottles. So go grab some bottles and have fun trying different techniques based on the materials you have laying around already.

Here are some pictures of what I came up with:

If you need some inspiration,  here are some via Pinterest

Germinating Pepper Seeds – Jon’s Garden

This isn’t the same pepper where the seeds in the Petri dish came from. The seeds in the petri dish did come from a store-bought pepper though. If you zoom in you can see some of them have germinated. I’ll give them a couple more days before I plant them in soil.

Removing the seeds is simple. Of course, you have to cut the pepper open, scrape off the seeds onto a paper towel. Allow the seeds to dry in the open air and store them in a dry place if you don’t plan on planting them right away.

 

Using Eggshells In Your Garden

So I was simply looking up how eggshells can help with gardening and I also stumbled upon something interesting – eggshells are good sources of calcium for humans.
 
One thing I’d like to point out when researching this subject if the article you are reading about eggshells doesn’t tell you to grind the eggshells into a powder, immediately stop reading. Chances are the person who wrote the article doesn’t know much about what they are talking about and/or are just regurgitating information that they heard or read from another misinformed or unreliable source.
 
Why do I say this? Well, for instance, putting cracked eggshells in your garden to use to fertilize the soil simply is not going to work as intended. The larger the pieces of eggshell, the longer it takes to decompose. So the nutrients you think you’re adding to the soil aren’t going to have any effect on whatever you are growing because the shell isn’t going to breakdown in time to even release those nutrients into the soil.
 
Think about this – what will melt faster an ice cube or an iceberg?
 
https://www.growveg.com/guides/using-eggshells-in-the-garden/