Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Indoor Greenhouse Planting

Yesterday I started everything that I wanted to grow from seeds in a greenhouse planter in my living room.  It's on the same table as the kids Strawberry plants in front of a window with the blinds open.  I have mostly herbs in it with a few veggies.  Everything else I plan to plant will be from plants I buy.

Filling them with soil, seeds in the background with my labeled popsicle sticks.

All watered and planted with their labels.  The top and bottom half are the same, but wanted to label both to be safe, so there are 12 different things planted.

Top on, ready to grow!

I planted 8 different herbs; Mint, Sage, Cilantro, Basil, Thyme, Rosemary, Marjoram, and Oregano.

I also planted 4 different veggies; Carrots, Wax Beans, Spinach, and Kale (YUM!!!).  I'm not sure how well the carrots or wax beans will go growing in the greenhouse, or how they will do with transplanting, but if all else fails I have extra seeds I can plant into the ground in the Spring when it is warmer out.

I plan to also get, already started as plants, Broccoli, Heirloom Tomatoes, Watermelon, Banana Peppers (for the hubby), and Sweet Corn.  I might try some Cauliflower too.  I also plan to grow Onions and Potatoes too.  

I can't wait to get my garden going!!!  Are you planting a garden this year?


Last Weds the kids and I planted some strawberry seeds…well, actually some is an understatement, I think we planted about 75-100 seeds between the 4 kids LOL.  But I know not nearly that many will actually germane and grow into plants.

I found these Strawberry planter kits at Big Lots for $3 each, comes with the pot, soil, and the seeds, all we had to do was add water.  So of course I grabbed one for each kid, and they all happily planted seeds, even my teenager :)

I know it's a lot of pictures to look at, but I had to take pictures of all the kids!  I hope you like them :)

Riley waiting for the soil to absorb all the water

Riley's ready for seeds!

Itty Bitty seed ready to be planted

Riley helping to plant his seeds

Aislinn's turn!

Soooo tiny!

Jaidan's turn!

She did her own soil.

Lots of seeds!

Spreading them around.

Austin's turn!

Lots of seeds to plant!

He did his own soil too.

All done!

Ta Da!!!  4 pots of Strawberry seeds!

We are 1 week in now.  I have read mixed reviews.  1 person said it takes 21 days for the seeds to germinate, and someone else said 6-8 weeks!  Crazy!  So I guess we will just keep watering (well, more like misting to keep the soil damp) and see what happens!  Hopefully we will see something in the next 2 weeks or so!

Are you growing anything this year?  Just plants or are you starting anything from seed?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Riley's Valentine's

I know I did these same Valentine's for Jaidan last year, but they are so cute, and I thought they were perfect for Riley's preschool class so we did them again!

You can see my original post about making the crayons here, and you can see my original post on the actual Valentine's here.

I did do a few things a bit different this year.  Instead of cutting the crayons on the cutting board with a knife, I used a hammer and a bag.  Both ways are time consuming and I don't think either one is really any better then the other LOL.  Ok, well maybe I only did 1 thing different!  On to the pictures!

All ready to start!

Ready for the oven

Liquidy crayon goodness!

Heart crayons!

The finished Valentine!  Riley wrote his name on the back.

Did you do any DIY Valentines this year?  I would love to see them/read about them!