My First Time Container Gardening – Week Nine

I had a couple surprise this week when I went out on Saturday to check on the plants.

July 30 2016

I still have to clean up the leaves but the plant is doing good. Next year I will only be doing two per pot though. I think they need that extra root room.

July 30 2016

July 30 2016

They are starting to mature and very much turning pink! It is a pretty cool process to see. I will be double checking to see how to tell when these guys are mature for picking. I think a few of the will be ready by next weekend.

Now I had mentioned that I had two tomato plants that may or may not make it. They also needed to be separated from the pot they were sharing. To my surprise not only did both of them come alive but there was a surprise third tomato that also came back to life. I have one Black Yum Yum and two Juane De St Vincent.

July 30 2016

So many mistakes that I need to correct for next year. These are the Juane De St Vincent tomatoes. Separating them was quite the experience. I think they will make  it though as I checked on them not to long ago and the looked very well.

July 30 2016

In the white pot is the Black Yum Yum, I decided against name plate stakes since I only have a few plants. These pots are borrowed from my Mother as well. They are self watering. Now the plants will end up coming into the house since I had a lack of time perception. No matter what I am still happy with how things are going and only slightly disappointed on the amount of mistakes I have made, Also all the poor plants I have lost.

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Review: Edible Antiques – Heirloom Seeds

When I started my gardening series I said I wanted to do a current review of Edible Antiques. I approached Stacey about this because I just really want to share her company. Now this was not the first time I purchased seeds from her but the last time was in 2014 which does not work for a review. So let’s get started.

This is a small business with superior customer service. I also want to say that it is a Canadian company but on her page it does say she will ship internationally (with some restrictions).

First when you go to website it is extremely easy to navigate (just go check it out for yourself). Now I have read everything on the site but I am here to talk about the purchase, process and product. Once you click on ‘shop’ you are brought to the products page. Very simple and everything is in their appropriate groupings. Very simple to find the type of vegetable seeds you are looking for. The pictures are a joy to look at too ha-ha. Checking out is simple; all three major credit cards and Paypal are accepted. Offering a secure check out.

The items I ordered were sent out 2 business days after I placed the order. Back in 2014 Stacey had emailed to let me know when my items were shipped. However this time I emailed her first. So, I cannot say if she still does this. If you do have any questions or concerns she is quick to get back to you. I have been really slow about replying though. Every time I plan to do it I get distracted by something else (I am sorry!). Everything on her end has been good. We did have a hiccup though, as mentioned earlier Edible Antiques is a small business, a one woman show if you will. So, a couple of the seed packets I ordered were out of stock. I was promptly notified and refunded. Again amazing customer service.

I received the seeds on June 6th I believe. Sometimes Canada Post is on par with delivery times.

Edible Antiques 2016

Is this packaging just the most gorgeous thing you have every seen. Very personal touch to them along with the packaging being made out recycled cotton and agricultural byproduct. This means that you can put it right in your compost if you do not want to keep them (I probably will).

From beginning to end I loved purchasing from here and I plan to again next year. Please go check her out, I’ve had nothing but good experiences so far!

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My First Time Container Gardening – Week Zero

Last week I had put up a post on how I was going to do a container garden series this year. Even more exciting since I will be doing it from beginning to end; instead of just pieces here and there for other people. So here it goes!

Now I do not have everything, I still have some seeds I need to purchase and pots to order. Below is a photo of what my ‘not a waste of time or money’ project looks like so far.

Seedlings Started on May 24 2016
Seedlings Started on May 24 2016

Now I really tried to put the names on the picture through various photo editors but they all kept crashing at the save point. So, I gave up.

Starting from the beginning, I borrowed the tray from Mom (I am the first one to use it :D) plus a clear plastic dome top. I am using Jiffy Peat Pots and Schultz Seed Starter. I opted for Shultz because I do use their plant food which I quite like. Those were purchased at Canadian Tire.

Now for the plants. Starting from left to right.

Tanya’s Pink Pod Beans – Pumpkin Moon (Fall 2014) **See Note Below

Thelma Sanders Squash – Free Gift from Edible Antiques (Fall 2014)

Sugar Baby Watermelon – Pumpkin Moon (Fall 2014) **See Note Below

Ground Cherry – Purchased from Edible Antiques (Fall 2014)

I will be purchasing four more varieties of seeds from Edible Antiques again. I was very pleased with service I had received. While I did not have any issues I did 100% feel like I would get results if there had been a problem. I will hopefully be doing (pending approval) a full review with the new purchase.

Right now there really is not much to show. I planted two of the last three in case one does not come out healthy. I will be planting six to eight bean plants which made four seem like a safe number. Another four will be started after these ones get put in their container.

I will stop this here. I also want to note I will add other pictures to this post sometime in the next couple days. It is late and I wanted to get this done. Fingers crossed everything turns out good!

**Pumpkin Moon Farms were purchased by another company since I have order from them. It does seem that the purchasing company was already established. I however have not and will not be ordering from them this year. There is a possibility in the future as I would like to continue purchasing heirloom seeds with in Canada. If you do have any experience with the new owning company I would love to hear about your experience.

 

 

New Pen Friends (Hopefully)

I went and registered for International Pen Friends about 3 weeks ago now. I had found a few links to the website based in Finland and I decided to give it a go. I was only able to find one review (this may have just been me and not the fact there is not any out there). I got nervous because this is a paid subscription. I took my chances. Well, I am an impatient person to begin with so waiting for an email just made me that much more nervous that I was ripped off.

Yesterday I in fact received my list of new pen friends. I am quite excited. I have 2 out of 15 written up to this moment. I go to the post office tomorrow and I am hoping to get two more letters done tonight. That means I should have five to send (I did not make it to send my other pen friends letter).

So far I have these following (including my current friends)

2 x USA

1 x Hong Kong

2 x Australia

2 x England

1 x Belgium

4 x France

3 x Germany

1 x Italy

1 x Qatar

I would say I got enough of a selection. I was not looking for any where specific anyways. There are also a few males in that list. I have yet to write to any males (besides my cousin when he was incarcerated) so that will be a new experience that I am looking forward to.

I am not about to assume that all 15 are going to right me back but it would be amazing if they all did. I mean the first letter sets the impression but I like to babble so I am not sure how well they will get read. I also believe that my address will be given out to 10 people in the same fashion.

I still am waiting to hear back from my one pen friend though to see how she liked her parcel. I know that it was much larger than anything that had been sent before but I had to make of for months of not writing back.

I need to get back to work so I can get on my way back home. I have chores and letters to do!

Weekend Plans

I forgot to look for the thread for my napkin and placemat set. I know I looked at threads a few weeks ago and had picked up a couple candy coloured ones. I just cannot remember if I actually bought them or not. I do have to go by the store to drop off paperwork (we do their books) and I need to pick up batting for the place mats.

If it turns out that I did not purchase any thread then I have another project that I can do. I have Ford truck fabric (purchased during my last relationship) that I have nothing to do with. I decided that I would sew some PJ pants for my oldest nephew. I am not sure how much fabric I will have left. Might be able to pull off a shirt as well. It is going to be a little difficult as I do not have him here to do basic measurements. My sister is no help in that department either.

I also noticed that there is at least one uncut piece of fleece in my sewing bin. I figure I should do a pair for one of nieces and hope there is something else there for the other niece as well. I have plenty of zippers I am just not  sure about the elastic…I should have looked at this stuff last night.

Hopefully I can get a few things done this weekend!