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Official-The Organic Planting Mama's Momof2bratz 2 kids; Camarillo, California 3464 posts
18th Apr '13

I decided to put this post up for those of us who enjoy gardening and are trying to keep food costs down by planting our own food organically. You can come here and chat about your experiences, how excited you are, or need help in trying to figure out an organic way of dealing with pests or even need some insight on a good way for your plants to grow.



This is mainly for us veggie/fruit growers, but flower growers are welcome too.



I am no expert the whole gardening field, but I'm interested in gathering a group of us that enjoy chatting about growing and/or planting.



This thread is for the beginners to the advanced gardeners.



Any tips, helpful reads can go here:
- Economically friendly: Using containers from take out foods (poke holes), Yogurt cups(by Clk)...etc




-Indoor Lighting:
Fabulous tip from Smartass Preggo: "At first, until the plants are about 2 inches high I leave the light on 24/7. Then I mimic sunlight, so I leave it on for about 10 hours a day. Make sure you prop them up as CLOSE to the light as possible. At first you will want the dirt about 2 inches under the light. The closer they are to the light the slower they grow to reach the light, which means they have thicker stalks, which is good =) Then as they grow move them down and down"




- Pretty awesome site. Tells you quite a lot about herbs, veggies and others. Check it out. http://usagardener.com/
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Thanks everyone :)

ChristinaLynne Due October 7 (boy); 2 kids; Pancake, TX, United States 29248 posts
status 18th Apr '13

How exiting! I'm waiting for the snow to melt and be gone sonincan plant my garden. My son keeps asking when he gets to plant his yellow watermelon. :)

user banned Due November 7 (boy); 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
18th Apr '13

Waiting to plant my babies May 15!
This was last week they are much bigger now.
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Rette Mich 1 child; Texas 27603 posts
18th Apr '13

We will be planting as soon as I can get over this crap Ive got going on in my chest :(



But I cant wait!!! We are getting our heirloom seeds from here



Im so excited my Poppy loved to farm!

Rette Mich 1 child; Texas 27603 posts
18th Apr '13
Quoting Smartass *Preggo!*:" Waiting to plant my babies May 15! This was last week they are much bigger now. "


Is that newspaper? I saw an article about doing that and I thought we might try



user banned Vancouver, British Columbia 5643 posts
18th Apr '13

I'm for sure watching this. I don't have room to garden right now but as soon as we buy or build our new place I will be gardening for sure.

Momof2bratz 2 kids; Camarillo, California 3464 posts
18th Apr '13
Quoting ChristinaLynne:" How exiting! I'm waiting for the snow to melt and be gone sonincan plant my garden. My son keeps asking when he gets to plant his yellow watermelon. :)"

You could always start inside first. :) I personally don't know how fast watermelon grows (from seed i'm assuming) and i've never heard of sonincan. I must google.

Clk 2 kids; Dexter, Michigan 11944 posts
18th Apr '13

We live in an apartment so space is limited; however, I do container gardening on our patio area. I use basically any kind of container, as long as I can poke holes for drainage it will work lol. This year I am also growing herbs indoors by a window in fast food containers



. I am excited to be doing some strawberries this year on top of what I normally do. My husband loves strawberries so I decided to give it a try this year. What soil does everyone use? I've been using Espoma seed starter organic soil this year for the seedlings working good so far.

Momof2bratz 2 kids; Camarillo, California 3464 posts
18th Apr '13
Quoting Smartass *Preggo!*:" Waiting to plant my babies May 15! This was last week they are much bigger now. "


They look great and very healthy! What have you got growing on in there?

ChristinaLynne Due October 7 (boy); 2 kids; Pancake, TX, United States 29248 posts
status 18th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Constant Exhaustion:</b>" You could always start inside first. :) I personally don't know how fast watermelon grows (from seed i'm assuming) and i've never heard of sonincan. I must google."</blockquote>




I found a organic website to order from. No seeds. I have no idea how to start inside :(

Clk 2 kids; Dexter, Michigan 11944 posts
18th Apr '13
Quoting ChristinaLynne:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Constant Exhaustion:</b>" You could always start inside first. ... [snip!] ... I must google."</blockquote> I found a organic website to order from. No seeds. I have no idea how to start inside :("


Do you have sunny windows? Do you have any containers or something you can make containers from? You can use pretty much any container as long as you can poke holes in it for drainage, and it won't be eaten away the minute you give them water.

user banned Due November 7 (boy); 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
18th Apr '13
Quoting Constant Exhaustion:" They look great and very healthy! What have you got growing on in there?"


It's green peppers, red peppers, hot peppers, and tomatos.

user banned Due November 7 (boy); 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
18th Apr '13
Quoting Rette Mich:" Is that newspaper? I saw an article about doing that and I thought we might try "


No they are actually these little pods made with re-cycled paper. But I'm sure newspaper would work just as well =)

user banned Due November 7 (boy); 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
18th Apr '13
Quoting ChristinaLynne:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Constant Exhaustion:</b>" You could always start inside first. ... [snip!] ... I must google."</blockquote> I found a organic website to order from. No seeds. I have no idea how to start inside :("


Mine are grown inside under a lamp lol. They do extremely well!

Rette Mich 1 child; Texas 27603 posts
18th Apr '13
Quoting Smartass *Preggo!*:" No they are actually these little pods made with re-cycled paper. But I'm sure newspaper would work just as well =)"


I think we are going to give that a try!