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Grow food from scraps!

A short time ago I saw a link that a blogger had written suggesting that we all try and grow food from scraps (containing a seed or stem of some sort) I thought I would try the most basic and simple and went for the tomato. I was sceptical I must admit, this all self sufficiency is all new to me and so I decided to humour myself and give it a go! here’s the link for my original blog with a step by step tutorial of how I got my results and below you can see the progress of the little tykes trying REALLY trying hard to stand tall ūüôā stay posted for the next update as they are transferred to the Vega patch!

Tutorial of the step by step process

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Here are my babies after a couple of weeks! they will be transferred to 5inch pots in a week or so depending on their strength ūüôā

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Grow your own Tomatoes, from a Tomato!

Did you know, that from slices of Ripe juicy red Tomatoes, you can grow a whole plant FULL of them! no? me either haha until I found the method of Pinterest and HAD to have a go! to test the method myself of course and to see if it actually IS that easy.

 

So here it is… all you need is

1 Red ripe juicy Tomato

A tray for seeds

Good compost

Cling film

A sunny window sill to start them off.

 

Step 1…Slice your Tom into equal slices.¬† You don’t want to use the end slices as they won’t hold many if any seeds in them. I ended up with 4 decent slices.¬† (FYI you can do this cherry Toms too!)

Step 2… Fill your tray pots 2/3 full of good compost.

Step 3… place 1 slice into each pot and cover with about 1cm of compost (I did not know if I should compress the compost.¬† So to play safe I decided to not compress)

Step 4… Give the tray a good dash of water

Step 5… Cover with cling film

Step 6… Place in¬†a sunny window sill if its still quite chilly outside (these plants need heat and moisture)

And that’s it! I’ll update as soon as I see some magic start to happen!

How to Compost at home

Hello again lovelies!

So it turns out that my beautiful vegetable patch needs some awesome fertilizer! and….. having explored this “necessity” it turns out that it can be quite costly, depending on where it comes from.¬† And given the purpose of my adventure is to keep the cost of being self sufficient as LOW as possible, it means there is only one way to get hold of THE best fertilizer for as little as possible and that is to make it myself!!¬† yes now I did some research and it can take a little time to start mixing in the finished product into our veg patch and so I will have NO choice to buy some fertilizer this harvest but toward the end and no doubt next spring I will have a good pile of incredible compost/fertilizer to start my next harvest off perfectly.

All you need is a compost bin. Yes, I know that the huge 220L bins A-cost about £25 pounds, and B- they are HUGE! I certainly do not want one that big taking up space in my garden!

So I went onto Amazon and got this baby

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Its so cute! comes with a free Bio bag to so you can get started right away! it cost ¬£13.49 and with free delivery too! what’s not to like about that?

Link for the Compost bin !

I just needed to research a little bit more on what I put in it to create compost and I stacked it next to my other indoor recycling bins outside.

This is a great way to get the family involved in your eco bin, but if like my kids, and your children just see the shape of a bin and put anything in it, let me suggest a little list on a white board instructing them what can and what can not go into the composter.¬† I also recommend that you buy a small bag of play bark to get your balance of greens and browns (its ALL about the balance of greens and browns you guys!) greens being the stuff that would technically come from the house, browns being leaves, twigs etc…

I struggled with that as we have absolutely NO leaves or twigs are anything SO, I bought a small bag of UNTREATED kids play bark and stacked it upside of my garden shed and that then was my BROWNS.  Always the same amount too! if you go, for example, what would be 1 cup of browns, to one cup of greens and so on.. the balance will be right.  It would hurt to plop in a few of THE best compost producers Mother Natures gives us and that would be the good old earth worm.  Turning the mush is required at regular intervals.  And before you know it you have the best fertilizer available and it cost you a few pounds.

Follow my Composting Photo blog (up this coming Monday!) and if you are composting this harvest, let me know how yours is getting on.

Below is the white board my family use to know what and what not to put in the composter x

Sewing Seeds

If you thought that growing your own food could start off to be pricey, time consuming and overall a bit scary…you couldn’t be wrong.¬† Seeds are easily accessible in most shops this time of year, from Aldi, Tesco or even Pound stretchers.¬† Obviously your local garden centres also.¬† I got mine for 39p a packet from Pound Stretchers and I got such a great selection for just a couple of pounds.¬† I also got those trays that green fingered genius’s use to germinate there seedlings before they hit the big kid playground that is my raised vegetable patch. (I’ll get to that later)

Some seeds go straight into the vegetable patch (sow direct to garden) some need a little more TLC to get started and that’s why I got some of the trays.¬† But since I was planting seeds anyway, I added the direct sew ones in them also to give them a better head start.¬† Once I get some shoots I’ll get them into the raised bed and let mother Nature do her magic!

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Propagator Trays

Always use lollipop sticks of you are a forgetful person, like me, so label exactly what seeds you have planted and WHEN they need to either be moved into the vegetable patch outside and the month of expected harvest (when to pull out, clean and EAT!

 

 

 

 

thBe sure to water your seedlings EVERY DAY… they must be kept well watered as they simply will not germinate, a good soaking every night will do the trick.¬† NEVER water ANY plants, flowers etc. in sunlight, they will scorch and wilt.¬† Not good!

 

The great thing about the Propagator trays is, if you don’t have a glass house (green house) then they can be put on¬†window sill or balcony and not be to much in the way! the sunlight and heat will give them a great start.¬† As long as you label and follow the little handy calendar on the back of the packets there is no reason why you can not¬†successfully grow your own herb garden right on your window sill or balcony!

(I bought one of the pop up greenhouses, on sale at pound stretcher for¬†¬£14.99 and its huge! Its great for all of my seedlings as I don’t like cluttered windowsills.

 

And that’s where I’m at right now, My trays have been in my greenhouse for 3 days, I even made a tray full of wild flower seeds, to see if I can make some beautiful bedding plants grow for me too!

So stay posted you guys and I’ll be on Sunday with my next update and photos of my Vegetable patch and pop up greenhouse! And if you guys are sewing right now, send us some photos and I’ll post them on the website forum!

Ted