Balcony Veg Patch

Gardening try #2


Supplies needed:

  • Soil – I use Coco compost (£1)
  • Water
  • Spray bottles x 2 (£1)
  • Seeds – (0.29p – £1)
  • Plant food – (£2)
  • gardening sheet – (0.50p)
  • gardening labels & pencil- (£1)
  • zip lock bags x 30 – (£1)
  • jumbo kitchen towel – (£1)
  • propagator – (0.50p – £1.50)
  • planter/ plant box/ vertical garden/ stackable planters (still looking)
  • And space where you will have your garden (balcony/veranda)
  • Craft animal stuffing or pet wool bedding (£2)
  • peat pots x12 (£1)

Some of these things I had leftover from last year but most of it I picked up from the like of discount stores and £ shops.

I use Ccoco compost which you add water to and it doubles 14 liters of soil, also love it for starting a garden because it retains a lot of moisture and not to mention that its made from Coco husks. A coconut tree produced on average 160 coconuts per year and can live more than 60 years. The soil ‘brick’ I buy only needs 5 husks to make into compost.

I have two one for water and the other with a solution of water and plant food.

I was pretty late in germinating my little seedlings this year! But I went to Lidl, they have a great selection of individual seed packets that start from 29p! I think I will not use them this garden cycle, however. I did take a trip to my local discount store and managed to pick up a multi-seed pack that had a wide variety of seeds which I was really pleased with.

So if this is your first time gardening and don’t really know where to start then you can follow along and join in!


Day #1 – See slideshow

Get your jumbo kitchen towel, seeds, plain water bottle, scissors, pen, zip lock bags and garden sheet.

Lay the garden sheet on a flat surface.

Take 2 pieces of kitchen towel for every two seed packets then once counted out cut in half down the middle of the perforated edge so that the towel opens up to put the seedlings in. Once you have done this open up the individual piece of kitchen towel and spray the bottom half of the towel, then open the seed packet and sprinkle the seeds on the wet towel, cover with the top half and wet again. Now lift the towel up and lay in the zip lock bag close it and label it – so you know what it is you’re germinating if you’re doing a lot. And you repeat this for a number of seeds your want to germinate. (see slideshow)

Once you have done this open up the individual piece of kitchen towel and spray the bottom half of the towel, then open the seed packet and sprinkle the seeds on the wet towel, cover with the top half and wet again. Now lift the towel up and lay in the zip lock bag close it and label it – so you know what it is you’re germinating if you’re doing a lot. And you repeat this for a number of seeds your want to germinate.

I myself started germinating 26 but that’s just me because I like a challenge.

Next get your propagator (if you’re using one if not then containers and plastic wrap) and line it with either the craft animal stuffing or pet wool bedding, then cover with a pillow case. Add the closed, label zip locklock bags and fold the pillowcase over so it covers them. Then add the propagator lid and sit it in a dark, warm place.

If I have learned anything from this project its patience haha

So check your seedlings daily and open the individual bags to introduce fresh air to them, and in about a week – 10 days you should be ready to transfer into pots.

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Day 2 & 3:

Hey guys quick wee update on the germination process!

I have resprayed each of the individual seed pockets. Some are already starting to shoot but some still think it’s way too cold so I introduced my hot water bottle to them in the propagatpr, and yes I probably shouldn’t do this but it seems to be working for me. So far starting to sprout we have:

  • Pak choi
  • cress
  • lettuce x 2 (two different types)
  • cauliflower
  • radish x 2 (two different types)
  • mizune

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I hope this helps and if any questions, please ask away in the comments and I will get back to you 🙂

 

 

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