Gardening Update for me! 2018


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Hey all, figured i'll post some updates in case any new gardener is also looking for advice and/or would like some information.

In July/Aug, I planted Basil, Radish, F1 Spinach, and buttercrunch lettuce indoors. I planted them indoors next to a windowsill. Just yesterday though, I placed an order for a rack and 4 grow lights (T5 full spectrum 35 watts) to see how my current plants will do under these circumstances; esp in the winter




Update on Seeds: all of the seeds I have used germinated and has had 100% growth rate for me with miracle gro potting soil, which was mixed with gardening soil (forgot brand but ill get it)

Genovese Basil has just germinated

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M650JL9/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Breakfast Radish is doing VERY WELL! 100% germination in about 1 - 2 days

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0176J79HE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

my butter crunch lettuce has all seeded as well but its been a month and they seem a little small. Could be sunlight and needs fertilizer which I added a few days ago

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XQ7CT7W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Also planted my F1 spinach and all sprouted, but leaves seem small after 3 - 4 weeks.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004P8IUS2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I also ordered a bunch of other different seeds. I will post updates as they comes and links where I got them.

Just so you guys know, these are not my seeds, not my products; just random suppliers. I also ordered from rareseeds.com


Hopefully this info will come in handy and perhaps my own journal when I need to look back at it. I also might do some youtube for fun. Ive always been interested in gardening since I was young but space and money did not allow me. Now that I have a very good job and my own place, I can farm away :) Oh BTW this is Colorado Springs, Colorado where I am planning and experimenting!
 
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forgot to mention, temperature in my house is 74 - 72 days - 60ish at night
 

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Would love to see your handiworks rather than links to businesses! Please upload the fruits of your labour! Dying to see them!
 
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these are a bit older. Took these photos a week and a half ago.
since then, I planted a lot more "cool weather crop" lately its been pretty hot in Colorado for this time of year, so I am now planting carrots. Heard they do well this time of year around August/October

They are set downstairs for now since I'm remodeling it I don't mind the mess for now.

as of now 8-28-18 plants are much larger and I really need to move the onions.


- i moved the butter crunch lettuce to a bigger pot, so ill post some photos of that. growth started to pick up about a week ago. just went

- Romain Lettuce (from scraps) - started it in water then moved in a pot, growing pretty large and very green. Grows fast!

- Basil, Radish is growing well, especially cherry radish. Holy heck it grows fast!

- ill probably split the onion today when I get home and hope for the best

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yesterday - I planted Carrots, chives, Cilantro, culinary Basil, carrot, 2 different type of radishes as well. I also set up a small green house for container gardening, but I think I am also going to add a raised bed when I figure out how I am going to build it (have bunch of rabbits and hail)
 

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these are a bit older. Took these photos a week and a half ago.
since then, I planted a lot more "cool weather crop" lately its been pretty hot in Colorado for this time of year, so I am now planting carrots. Heard they do well this time of year around August/October

They are set downstairs for now since I'm remodeling it I don't mind the mess for now.

as of now 8-28-18 plants are much larger and I really need to move the onions.


- i moved the butter crunch lettuce to a bigger pot, so ill post some photos of that. growth started to pick up about a week ago. just went

- Romain Lettuce (from scraps) - started it in water then moved in a pot, growing pretty large and very green. Grows fast!

- Basil, Radish is growing well, especially cherry radish. Holy heck it grows fast!

- ill probably split the onion today when I get home and hope for the best

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yesterday - I planted Carrots, chives, Cilantro, culinary Basil, carrot, 2 different type of radishes as well. I also set up a small green house for container gardening, but I think I am also going to add a raised bed when I figure out how I am going to build it (have bunch of rabbits and hail)
Very nice! Well done!
 
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Very nice! Well done!


thank you!!! :)

I do have a question if anyone has experience with Radish. So, in my seed starter, I planted 2 - 3 radish seeds....issue is ALL of them germinated. should I split the plants or just go ahead and transplant them as is
 

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You can thin them out or if you have land or if you like them very much, plant them on!
 
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I see your Onion experiment is doing well cut in half. Looks like later on, might be able to split that one again.
 
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Ya I just split my onion. Seems they are doing ok. I got about 7 onions. So far no issues and seems healthy. Let's see if a bulb forms lol.

So here is an update of my garden. Just bought a green house and also making new planter boxes


In Colorado it was high 70s and looked like my lettuce didn't like it and seemed to wilt. I brought it back inside and seems to perk back up

I transplanted my radish and seem to be doing well

My scrap romaine lettuce no issues at all so far. But wilted at 80 degrees but it's back up again

And all my onions I split are doing well. Only issue is I'm hoping the nights don't drop below 40s within the next month. Think it takes about 4 months for it to bulb up completely

More on my seedlings and planters coming up soon!!
 

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Very nice. They are coming on nicely! Keep up with the good work! You can do Full Image so that we can enjoy your labour of love in full glory! Well, my eye-sight is failing! Hehe! Very selfish of me! But nice lettuce and I could eat it tonight ..
 
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oh yes! definitely! haha. let me see if I am able to add it to full image for next update.

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9-4-2018: I ordered some seeds from ebay. 1 of them being from china, so a little nervous about it. It is a strawberry seed and some lettuce mix. Anyhow, I also ordered from a USA supplier and getting ready to start my raised garden bed mix for my early winter harvest (hopefully) tried some carrots and greens along with kale
 

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Haha! I ordered giant strawberries from China. They turned out to be alpine and inedible. Small and useless. Clematis seeds Sieboldii, and they did nothing and I realised that they looked like men's sperm heads. They turned out to be woodchips. Hoya seeds turned out to be Cleome with thorns. But I do have some good ones. Be very careful. All these people have 100% records, too!
 
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wow incredible :( yeah im not sure how these guys have 100% records. so weird on how they scam people. Ill definitely keep you guys posted on the Chinese seeds!

Also, think about buying an apple tree graft and raspberry tree as well! keeps posted ont hat. doing some research on the best time to plant them, sun, soil, etc
 
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wow incredible :( yeah im not sure how these guys have 100% records. so weird on how they scam people. Ill definitely keep you guys posted on the Chinese seeds!

Also, think about buying an apple tree graft and raspberry tree as well! keeps posted ont hat. doing some research on the best time to plant them, sun, soil, etc
If you want to buy an apple tree, might be a good idea to buy a Pink Lady, or Gala. One with a name that you really enjoy eating. I have come to learn from my mistake that I ignored the potential height and spread of the tree. I have one huge cherry which took up so much room and I had to keep keeping the height down. If you like, find out more about the height of the stock on which the tree is grafted. A stepover one or one trained on a fan or an espalier tree can be a better choice

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A stepover tree is a good choice

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Or a patio tree

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Or one with 3 kinds of apples ..a designer family tree


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So don't rush, but do some research - find out the hardiness, sweetness, yield and disease resistance. Happy shopping!
 
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oh wow!! thank you so much for this!!! I really appreciate it!! definitely will research this and place my update here!
 
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9-6-2018

going to start making videos. Might be easier for me lol. Im going to make series on experimenting on fertilizer. Also bunch of other stuff. if anyone is interested!

Small garden update


going to try out a fertilizer experiment
 
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Hi all so just another update 9 30
My radish seems to look good! Pretty large but had voids in the middle so I think I harvested them too late?

Just transplanted my basil as well 9 29 2018
In a homeade wood bed

A little worried on the basil since it's going to be cool season soon. But heard they are a little cold hardy

And got a new seed dome which I will be transplanting soon to my green house!
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