More than two weeks down the line and I am ready for the next garden update. For those who haven't seen the amazing transformation of my container garden, you can check it out here. Now let me introduce you to my lastest additions to the growing garden.
Two watermelon and two pepper seedlings
It's time to transplant the seedlings. I was late in doing this and I lost one of my watermelon seedlings to mold. This is the disadvantage of using an egg carton. In the future, I want to try using eggshells instead.
All the seedlings were transplanted into pots which contained blueberries earlier in the week. It's always a good idea to only use plastics which are food grade safe! I used potting soil and added drainage holes at the bottom to ensure the soil is never too wet.
Pepper seedling transplanted
I used a spoon to gently remove the seedling from the egg carton and placed it in its new home. I continued this for the remaining pepper seedling, and the two watermelon seedlings.
DIY a growing pot and a mini greenhouse
These 5 litre water bottles were just gathering dust I decided to try my hand at making a mini greenhouse to see what the results would be. I took the one bottle and split it round about the middle, keeping a section uncut to create a hinge. I then filled the bottom with soil and wet it thoroughly after adding drainage holes.
Last year I had great success in sowing gooseberry seeds thickly in a pot and then weeding out the weeker plants. I though to try that luck once more with the mini green house.
Gooseberry seeds for days
Once sowed, I added a thin layer of soil, closed the lid, and left it in the sun. I water it now and again, and it seems to be working well as I see condensation every day. I'll let you know as soon as something starts to sprout!
I am very excited for the latest seedlings I am growing. I had great success with the Burpless cucumbers last year and I wanted to try them again this year. Their seeds are in the six furthest sections in the carton.
The central six contain a bush bean I'm very excited to try. Originally I wanted to get some sugar snap peas, but I couldn't find any. But when I spotted the beans I knew I had to try and grow them. Looking forward to how they grow.
In the last six sections, there are the seeds of what is known as a rainbow cherry tomato mix. I have no idea what to expect from these seedlings. All I know is that I wanted to grow tomatoes one way or another, and these looked awesome.
In the final 5-litre container I added a few cantaloupe seeds and took the top off. I have no idea why they're blue, I can only wager a guess that they have been treated with something to keep their longevity. I am trying my lucking growing melons at this time of the year because it's still surprisingly chilly in the mornings. So wish me well!
As of now, I'm waiting for my seeds to sprout (spoiler, the beans and cucumbers are doing great!), and getting ready to harvest strawberries as my plants are out of control as of right now. If any fellow gardeners want to give some suggestions of plants I should try, I'm listening.
Soon, I'll need to get more containers to grow in, as I am running out of space in my container garden. Looking forward to what summer will bring me in terms of harvest!