Plastic Container Planting

One of the most important things to remember when using plastic containers as planters is to drill holes. You don’t want too much water to collect in the container. Holes will allow excess water to drain out of the container. This is especially important if you keep the container outside. The excess water, if left in the container, could cause root rot

I planted my cucumber plants in this container.

What Is Root Rot?

Root rot can have two sources — one is a prolonged exposure to overwatered conditions that can cause some of the roots to die back due to a lack of oxygen. As they die, they can start to decay or rot away. The rot can then spread to healthier roots and kill them as well, even if the soil conditions are corrected.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Treating Root Rot 

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

4 Gardening Product Recommendations | Jon’s Garden

You aren’t going to get any long, drawn-out posts about how my cat likes to smell daffodils while sitting on the window sunbathing. I like to get straight to the point. You are here for some recommendations and I’m here to give them to you. 

One of the most important gardening aids I have bought so far – a heating pad. Some seeds require cold temperatures to germinate while others require some heat. This heating pad has proved to be invaluable for germinating and is a must-have for any gardener to germinate indoors, year-round.

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Next up are these plastic nursery pots. I use them in combination with the trays at the bottom of this post. 

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Seed starting trays. Also used in combination with the trays below. Great for starting seeds.

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Plant trays! Every gardener needs them. 

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I’m Growing A Cherry Tree – Jon’s Garden

I think I might be a little obsessed with growing things. Everything that produces a seed that comes into the house I need to immediately plant those seeds in the ground.

Well, the lady brought cherries from the market yesterday so now I’m in the process of germinating 14 seed from the cherries she’s eaten already. Also, there is a mandate in the house to NOT throw away the seeds until I have inspected them!

So now I have 8 seeds going the stratification process.  Seeds need to go through the same processes they would normally go through in nature. For cherry seeds, they go through a cold period and that is simulated by putting the seeds in the refrigerator. I had to do the same with my apple seeds. You can check out how they are doing here.

The other 5 I’ll just experiment with other forms of germinating in hopes to speed up the process.

How To Geminate Cherry Seeds

This was unintentional. These potatoes I left outside so that they could grow sprouts. Well, they had rolled off the deck onto the ground after a very windy night. I knew what happened to them but didn’t care much. I figure nature would take care of things plus I had given up on them since the other potatoes outside had started growing sprouts.

Well about a month goes by and I’m outside cutting down a bush. I look down and guess what I see? These two just chilling. I pick them up and BEHOLD…not only are they sprouting but also have roots growing. Into the bucket, they went. #JonsGarden

Bucket Potatoes – Jon’s Garden

Looks like my potatoes are ready for the bucket! Planted two of them. I’m only looking to get 5 maybe 6 potatoes out of them.

I bought some 5-gallon buckets from Lowe’s. Drilled holes in the bottom, which is very important. The holes allow for excess water to drain out of the bucket and helps prevent overwatering. Often we believe a plant isn’t getting any water because the soil on top is dry. More often than not that is simply not true. Always check to see if the soil is moist underneath the top crust.

Not much care will go into these. You can set them and forget them.