We have lived here for nearly eight years and still have flowers blooming that we have no idea their name. They are just beautiful and that was good enough for me.
However if I want to have more of them I guess I need to know their names so I can order some. Like these little blue and white stars growing in the front of our house.
Glory of The Snow
After searching for a while and looking at pictures I finally found them. They are commonly called Glory Of The Snow and then there is their scientific name which I can’t really pronounce, Chionodoxa Forbesii.
We have a few around the yard but the first to come up were those right up against the house where the soil warmed up first. As soon as the snow melted a bit up came the crocus and right behind them our Glory of the Snow.
These little guys are only four inches high with blue and white flowers that look like tiny stars. I love how the white starts in the center and changes to a dark blue as it reaches the ends of the petals. One of our best spring home garden flowers.
The Glory of the Snow is started from blubs but I wasn’t able to get any this year as everywhere I checked they were already sold out for this year. I will keep checking and order some as soon as I find them.
I moved to Moncton, New Brunswick back in 1980 but it wasn’t until about 25 years later that we finally had a place we were allowed to dig up the yard, because we bought our own property.
In the time that we have been living and home gardening here in Moncton I have only every seed just a few butterflies. I think they were pure white and pure yellow. Nothing else but I want that to change.
I grew up in the 60s seeing lots of butterflies but when I started gardening I expected to see a lot more butterflies than I am seeing so I have to do something to draw them to our backyard and vegetable garden.
Monarch butterflies are my favourite but I know there are other butterflies that would match their beauty, just haven’t seen them here. I’ve had to start learning more about butterflies and how they live in order to change our yard to plants and flowers that specific butterflies, like the monarch, likes.
We Are Planting A Butterfly Garden This Spring
Went out looking for some seeds to start a butterfly and hummingbird garden. I will be planting them in the backyard where I can watch them from my office window.
I found a few packs of seeds that should do the trick, now I just have to create a couple of new flower beds for those seeds.
Of course I won’t get as much work done in my office if I do this but hey I’m retired and can move as slow as I want.
I have been thinking about the plants that butterflies like to get nectar from but I didn’t put any thought at all into the plants these butterflies use to lay their eggs on which are called host plants. So glad I have been watching videos to help me learn what I need to get and keep butterflies in our yard.
Example: We have black swallowtail butterflies in New Brunswick so I need host plants for their eggs and for the caterpillars to feed on before they eventually become the adult butterfly. Just this morning I learned they love the carrot family so carrot tops, fennel and Queen Anne’s Lace.
However, to host Monarch butterflies which have been my favourite since childhood I will need members of the milkweed family as a host.
I’ve Learned Which Butterflies Live Here
I couldn’t tell you how many varieties of butterflies there are in North America or my own province of New Brunswick so I’ve very happy we have Internet to do some research to see how many we have here and which ones frequent the Moncton area.
Learning which butterflies we have will help me pick the right nectar and host plants for our yard and garden.
Butterflies In New Brunswick Canada
I used the Maritimes Butterfly Atlas to find the butterflies in New Brunswick and then those that frequent Moncton where we live.
Common Branded Skipper
Long Dash Skipper
Pepper and Salt Skipper
Common Roadside Skipper
Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
Eastern Pine Elfin
Northern Spring Azure
Great Spangled Fritillary
I’m excited about this year’s gardening and hope to see many more butterflies than I’ve ever seen and if I can find their host plants locally I’ll be seeing more and more butterflies every year from now on.
Just watched another video that I found very informative and had to share it here.
It’s the middle of April and I’ve been itching to plant something but that’s going to be at least another month so I decided to plant some tomato seeds today.
I’m looking out my office window and thinking it would be a great day to go fishing but fishing season doesn’t start here in New Brunswick until tomorrow the 15th. Once I start fishing my mind stays there for a few weeks so it’s now or I’ll be waiting another week or two to get seeds started.
Six Kinds of Tomato Seeds Started
I went out to the garden shed/garage to get some seed trays then realized I had brought them in last fall. They were in the mess I call my work bench. Gotta get that cleaned up but for now I’ll just use the kitchen table. I’ll try to get it all done while Jenny’s at church today so it’s not a mess she’s going to see. Hopefully.
Lots of Tomatoes This Year
I really enjoyed having tomato preserves this past winter and want even more for next winter so I’m planting lots of tomatoes, 6 different varieties and at least 6 of each.
Last year I stewed tomatoes and made yellow pear chutney so we could enjoy it through the winter. They lasted pretty good but not enough for the entire winter and spring. I’ll be making so much more this year and maybe even enough to share a few jars with friends.
Making Plant Markers
I have been using popsicle sticks as seed markers but they tend to rot quickly and ink bleeds as soon as they get wet. They are okay for indoors but I am using a mini blind to make a bunch of plastic markers.
The mini blinds were old and broken and headed for the yard waste pickup next month. And I would have chucked if I hadn’t read that article that mentioned the idea. I love repurposing and this is great.
They were easy to cut with kitchen scissors. I cut them into about 6 inch pieces so I will be able to make hundreds of them from this one bling. We have a couple of other we were going to toss so we have years worth.
I will have to pickup a smaller tipped permanent marker so that I can write a bit smaller so they don’t look goofy.
I live and home garden in New Brunswick, Canada, not New Jersey USA. Just thought I’d clear that up as I get as many questions about garden south of the border as I do from Canadians.
Whoever I’m talking to about starting a vegetable garden I still ask the same three question when asked when I start my vegetable garden come spring.
Are you planning to plant seeds directly in your vegetable garden?
Or is your goal to start your veggie garden from seed indoors?
Or will you be purchasing plants that have already been started for you?
I ask these three questions because the starting times will be different. If you are planting the seeds in the ground you have to wait until the threat of frost has passed or be willing to protect your garden from frosty nights.
If you are buying plants already started you can wait until you are ready to plant your vegetable garden. And if you are starting seeds indoors you will need to be prepared a month to a month and a half before you will plant them in your vegetable garden.
I kind of do all three because some vegetables, like beans, peas and root vegetables will be planted directly in the garden while others can be started earlier from seeds indoors and then there are those veggies I just forgot about and have to go out last minute and buy a couple of starter plants.
Know Your Plant Hardiness Zone
Like I said, I live in Moncton, New Brunswick Canada were our grow zone 4. Knowing this I can check to see when I should be planting based on our last frost of the year, approximately of course.
Plant Hardiness Zone For New Brunswick Canada Click Image To Go to Online Map
When Should You Buy Your Starter Plants
My first couple of years buying starter plants I got excited that spring had arrived and bought them way too early. The result was long lanky starter plants. And some I had to actually transplant into bigger pots before it was time to plant them in the garden.
So now I don’t like buying any starter plants before the middle of May or even a bit later. I only buy them that early because I don’t want to find NONE left when I go to get them. So anywhere from May 15 to June 10.
When Should I Plant Seeds Indoors
It’s still a little early for me to be starting my seeds indoors as it’s just the 11th of April but I will be starting them by the middle of May.
Right now it’s almost halfway through May and I’m starting my garden seeds. Last year I started later than this and when harvest time arrived I was a week or two behind everyone else. By starting a couple of weeks earlier this year I should avoid that problem.
So glad the frost held off for so long last fall as I ended up with the best year I’ve had since starting vegetable gardening.
When Do I Start Seeds In My Vegetable Garden
If I am planting seeds directly in my vegetable garden I will wait until the threat of frost has past which again is June 10th here in Moncton. I will plant seeds and starter plants in the garden at the same time and just cover them with old bed sheets if the weather channels warns us about frost.
A couple of years ago I bought a mini greenhouse that allows me to put my seed starting station outdoors during the day and in the garden shed during the nights. My plants grow so much better and sturdier compared to the amount of direct sunlight our south facing kitchen window gets.
We bought the 3 foot by 6 foot mini greenhouse so it would fit in our south kitchen window and is easy to transfer outdoors without taking it apart. Love it.
I’m sure you know by now how much I like to reuse, recycle and repurpose things rather than putting them in that garbage bag to be taken to our local landfill.
This little experiment involves a 2 litre plastic bottle and I just happen to have a few I’ve been keeping to repurpose for something and now I’ll use a couple in our backyard and home garden to control mosquito populations.
Even though I try not to leave anything that can collect rain water where mosquitos can breed we still have certain things that are out of our hands, like our neighbours, and is why I want to try this method of free mosquito control.
I know plenty of people who wouldn’t bother trying something like this as they feel homemade stuff just doesn’t work so for these people there is always the easy way, just buy premade mosquito traps.
However too many times we ignore a simple solution because it’s too cheap and easy to actually work so we look for something more costly to control mosquito populations. Many people still turn to harsh chemicals. Well this morning I was checking my Facebook account and saw that my sister had posted this homemade mosquito trap solution that’s more in my price range and thought I would share it with you.
Homemade Mosquito Trap Requirements
200 ml water
50 grams of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
2-liter plastic bottle
How To Make Your Mosquito Trap
Cut your plastic bottle in half making sure the bottom half is a little bigger than the top half so the top fits into the bottom with some extra room to spare.
Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)
The Magic Mixture
Mix brown sugar with hot water, then allow it to cool completely. Once it’s cool you can pour it into the bottom half of the plastic bottle. Next, add the yeast which will create carbon dioxide. This is what will attract those pesky mosquitoes. Put the top half, which is like a funnel, into the bottom half, neck pointing down.
You can use tape to keep it together and to seal the joint so mosquitos don’t escape out any gaps where they join together.
I’ve read that some homemade mosquito traps can turn into a breeding ground so it’s important to clean your mosquito trap even week and change the solution.
The two raised garden beds that were in the backyard when we bought our home were already old and rotting a little. Well last year was the last year for one of them as the raised bed with our strawberries broke up when the snow melted away.
I decided it would be a good project for me which it was but once I was done building the raised bed I made sure I went out and bought a power drill for the next one. It took me so long to screw in all those screws with a screwdriver.
Looking at the picture top left you can see the new bed is almost double the width of the old one. I just filled it with soil and spread the strawberries out across the new section. They will grow in to fill the spaces and we will have more strawberries. Well worth the time it took to finish the project.
Not sure how many more years we can get out of our second raised bed but eventually it will need replacing. That one has a big trellis attached to it with three big Clematis vines growing all over it. I will have to be careful not to damage the roots when I do replace the frame. Hopefully not for a few more years.
Building A 2 x 10 Raised Garden Bed
I like to repurpose things for use in the garden so when Jenny and I saw a 2×10 wooden bed frame sticking out of a garbage bin I immediately saw another raised bed in our yard but this would be a raised garden bed. It took a couple of trips but we carried it home and put it in the garage until spring when I can build it.
I may make two smaller raised beds but either way they or it will become a vertical garden for growing squash and cucumbers. I may also plant some pole beans on the ends as we really enjoyed our pole beans last year. They blossomed all summer and attracted lots of bees and even saw a hummingbird enjoying them.
ON THE CHEAP: Using What You Can Find
Building raised bed gardens doesn’t have to break the bank. I haven’t been able to work for almost 10 years due to heart problems and not having that second income is such a pain in the finances but that’s when people get creative, isn’t it.
We not only found that bed frame in the trash bin there were also 6 or 8 dresser draws that will make some cool looking raised beds and they didn’t cost us a thing.
We have a spring garbage pickup each year which I see as an opportunity to look for things I can repurpose for use in the garden rather than see them dragged away to our local landfill. This year I am looking for more scarp wood I can use. It’s great when I can find a wooden pallet lying next to the street.
If I can find at least three of those pallets this year I plan to build another compost bin behind the garage/garden shed. Our little plastic one doesn’t hold all the yard and kitchen waste so another bin would give us so much more compost.
Creating seed starter pots using things you might have just thrown in the garbage is a good way to get your kids involved in gardening and at the same time teach them about reusing, recycling and repurposing things.
As you can see in the image on the left I am using cardboard milk cartons but most cartons can be used, even plastic coffee containers. The goal is to turn them into something useful instead of trashing them.
I like using the milk and juice cartons as indoor seed starting pots and for my herb garden. I just cut out one side, put holes in the opposite side, add stones and dirt, water and put on the window sill.
Making A Seed Starter Container From A Cardboard Milk Carton
1. Wash each container thoroughly and allow it to dry. I add just a little bleach to the water to kill any bacteria left in the container and then rinse it really well.
2. I like to use a ruler and pen to make a line a quarter inch in from the edge. That’s where I will cut out the opening where the pebbles and dirt go. I cut much straighter lines if I mark it first. Leaving the lip makes the container stronger.
3. Before I cut out the rectangle I like to put a series of drainage holes in the opposite side. Once you cut the rectangle out it is a little wabbly putting the holes in.
4. Then I cut the rectangle I marked and keep the piece I cut out to use as a separator to make my container into three sections. So try and cut it out in one piece and then just cut that piece in half. I add those pieces when I’m filling it with soil.
Making sections allows me to easily remove the sections later without roots tangling. It also allows me to plant different seeds and easily mark them. Nothing goes to waste.
5. The drainage holes I put in the bottom can plug with soil so I like to cover the bottom with small stones or pebbles. It doesn’t need many, just enough to cover the holes.
6. Put your soil mix in and plant your seeds according to the directions on the seed pack.
Living in New Brunswick Canada I never really thought much about growing orange or lemon trees as we are more famous for our Atlantic salmon than oranges. I think our long cold winters full of ice and snow is just a little cold for most citrus plants.
One evening while Jenny and I were watching TV I was eating an orange. When I was done instead of tossing the seeds I planted a couple. I planted one in the pot I have my prayer plant growing and the other I put in an pot with an ivy growing in it.
Nothing happened for so long, months actually, that I even forgot I planted those seeds. Then one day, after about 2 months, maybe even 3 months, I noticed a sprout. At first I thought it was a shot from the ivy but it wasn’t the same colour as the rest of the ivy. After a minute I remembered I had stuck that orange seed in there.
Not long after that the one I planted in with my prayer plant started growing.
I carefully extracted the sprouted orange trees and put them in a couple of milk cartons I cut in have and reused as starter pots. They are now about 4 inches tall and look like they might just make it long enough for me to move them outside. Just a couple more months to go.
Once I transplanted the tiny trees to my repurposed milk container I set them in our south facing kitchen window along with our indoor herb garden.
Once I had successfully started some citrus seeds I started looking online to see how I could make them germinate faster. It didn’t take me long to find information but before I blog about it I want to give this new-to-me method to make sure it works and that it’s faster than the months it took me to start these ones.
It’s only been about 5 years that we have been gardening here in Moncton, New Brunswick but we never saw any hummingbirds. Then last year I got to see one up close for just a couple of seconds.
It was enough to make me want to see more of them so now I’m learning how to attract hummingbirds to our backyard garden.
Hummingbird have always been one of my favourite birds, just never saw one until now. That’s more than 50 years loving them without actually seeing one in person.
I was checking out some of our tomato plants when I thought I saw something fly past me. I turned and saw a hummingbird enjoying the blossoms on our pole beans. I had just enough time for my brain to recognize it and then it took off like a rocket into the next yard.
What Varieties Live in New Brunswick
The ruby-throated hummingbird is the only hummingbird I learned about way back in grade school but I was curious to know if there are other varieties here in New Brunswick and I found we have at least four varieties: Ruby-throated, RufousBlack-Chinned, Broad-Billed.
Here is a video that has helped me.
Recycling To Make Hummingbird Feeders
I bought a little hummingbird feeder a year ago to see if I could attract hummingbirds but never saw a single one using the feeder. I think the location was a poor choice and this year I will put them in a less sunny spot.
Items Required For My Hummingbird Feeder Project
For the hummingbird feeders I will make this year I am choosing to recycle products that would normally end up in the trash. Maybe a couple of water bottles and yogurt containers. Use a little bright red lipstick to draw some flower petals around the drinking holes and they should be good to go. Come on hummingbirds.
I won’t need many items to make my birdfeeders.
Plastic water, soda or pop bottle with cap
Small Shallow Tub, 3 to 5 inches across
String or thin wire for hanging the feeder
Drill and small drill bits or nail and hammer
Bright red lipstick or permanent marker
I couldn’t find any bright red containers to use but I did find a couple of bright red plastic coffee containers that I will cut up. If I do it right I should be able to roll a strip up and put it inside the bottle. Then hopefully the rolled up plastic will unroll and cover the sides making the contents appear red.
Note: As I was reading things online I remember one article mentioning problems with ants. If you have problems with ants finding your feeders you can just put petroleum jelly on the string or wire you use to connect your feeder to whatever is holding it off the ground.
I also read that it’s not good to use food colouring as it can cause sores on the hummingbird’s mouth. It’s better to use simple syrup made from 3 or 4 parts water to one part sugar. This is why I will try to have a red container or red plastic I can put inside to make it appear red to attract them.
Related Hummingbird Info Sites
I found a site that shows a Google map with locations of hummingbirds in North America. It says it’s a global map but really it’s pretty much U.S. only.
I love images of hummingbirds and found this hummingbird Flickr page. I wasn’t quick enough to get a picture of the hummingbird I saw last summer but hopefully I will this summer and I’ll add it to that Flickr page.
Well now it’s off to see how well I do at building my own hummingbird feeder.
I saw someone trying to grow celery from the stalk ends of store bought celery. They didn’t do so well but it got me thinking that it was a good experiment so I gave it a try for myself. It helped me get through a long cold winter actually.
Because I was a bit sceptical that this would work I started a second celery stalk end in water on March 4th. After a week in the water I placed it in a container of well watered dirt to see if it would root.
Yesterday was the 14th and it still looked healthy so I pulled it gently from soil to check for roots and to my amazement there were roots around the base that were just over an inch long. I was so happy I did my little happy dance and then replanted it into a bigger container.
I am going to try growing roots on celery in water again but this time I will keep the water changed and do a better job of cleaning the base before putting it in water. This may be why the second experiment worked when I put it in dirt. So I’m excited to see the new results.
Because I didn’t make my own video I thought I would look on Youtube and found a re-growing celery experiment that worked to show you what I did.
For my next experiment growing celery in water I will document it better, take pictures and create a video of my own to share with my friends, family and new visitors.
I’ve already said I like to reuse, recycle and repurpose rather than sending things to the local landfill. I was waiting until our city wide trash pickup which happens once a year, in the early spring so that we could maybe find some gems people throw away.
Yesterday I saw the people up the street putting a lot of stuff out in the big garbage bin. It looks like someone skipped out on their rent and just left the big things behind. Things like their wooden bed frame and dresser drawers.
I didn’t see exactly what was being tossed until we went for breakfast at Hynes, like we do every Saturday morning. When I saw what they had thrown away I could hardly wait until we got back home so I could see if it was anything I could repurpose for the backyard and garden.
Their Bed Becomes Our Raised Bed
The first thing, right on the top, was the boards from their bed. Must have been a gorgeous bed but now it’s going to become a gorgeous raised bed garden in our backyard. Actually the bed frame is so big I can easily make two good sized raised beds.
I just went back out to the garage where we stored them to see how long the pieces are. The bed was 8 feet by 5 feet, not a bad size bed at all. I think I will cut it up so that I can make two raised beds, 4 feet by 2 1/2 feet.
Repurposing Dresser Drawers Into Flower Beds
At first I thought there was just one dresser but it turned out there was one big dresser and one smaller but with wider drawers. I am going to repurpose those drawers as flower beds I can stake to make an interesting raised bed flower garden.
There was other wood being thrown away with the bed and dressers which I can use to make a couple of small raised beds. I’d like to make a tepee out of branches and use them to grow pole beans.
Now I can hardly wait until spring is here and I can start putting my new raised bed gardens together, before planting time.
Recently I joined Pinterest and I’ve been really enjoying sharing pictures of my home gardening fun but I also love the idea I can look for images which can lead me to learning new things. Like I did just a few days ago.
I saw someone trying to grow a new celery plant from the end of the celery we usually toss in the compost bin in the backyard. They had just put it in water and it started to grow.
Well the first thing I thought was that I had already seen this happen, without any water at all. The celery has enough residual water to allow the tender leaves in the center to start growing. It doesn’t mean that it will grow a new plant that easily. So I had to know for my self and have started an experiment with two root ends of store bought celery.
The first thing I did was look through some related gardening videos on Youtube trying to find a video that went from start to finish with positive results. Couldn’t find one that convinced me and it’s why I have to try this one myself.
First Day: Saved The Root End of Our Celery
I started by saving the root end of the celery. I kept about two inches of stalk as well. This will help keep moisture in until it’s absorbing water.
Because we had broken off pieces of stalk to eat before I started this experiment I decided to clean up the root end and remove the pieces left over as they tend to get slimy when placed in water.
While checking online for info about rooting celery I learned that some places add wax to the end so it doesn’t start to rot. This may interfere with root growth so I cleaned it off thoroughly and cut a few slits in the end just in case I didn’t get all the wax. This should help the roots get started.
Third Day: Seeing Plenty Of Green Leaves.
Even though I see all this new growth I keep reminding myself I’ve seen this happen without any water, like I mention at the beginning.
It would last a few days to a week and still look healthy without the water. I am expecting the water to keep it wet enough that it has time to start rooting before dying.
Every couple of days I will check the water level to be sure I don’t let it go dry and ruin my experiment. If the roots start growing I will immediately place it in some healthy soil and see if it will continue to grow.
I wanted to test this with a similar root end but without water to show that it will grow new leaves as long as there is moister left in the stalks.
So the yogurt container on the left has no water in it and I just started that one today. The one on the right is the one I started three days ago and has water in the container.
I will follow the progress until it either dies or grows roots. From there I will follow the progress while it’s growing in soil. So watch for more as the celery experiment continues over the next few weeks.
When I go for walks and see the amount of garbage people put at the curb, stuff they could likely reuse or repurpose, it makes me so sad.
We have tried to keep what we can out of the landfill and put it to use right here at home, mostly for gardening purposes.
We have already been recycling and reusing the cardboard milk and juice containers we buy as they do a great job as seed starting boxes and I even use them for my indoor herb garden.
We bought some gladiolus bulbs a while back and I thought it would be smart to checkout a video or two about planting Gladiolus. The first video the gladiolus were being planted in big containers and I noticed she reused plastic bottles in the bottom rather than stones or broken pots.
She added that she even uses pine cones and we have plenty of them that come down in our driveway, some with the help of our buddy the red squirrel that lives up there.
We Like To Recycle And Reuse When We Can
I took some of the things we reuse, repurpose or recycle and put them all together in an image. Maybe it will trigger idea of your own.
We have juice and milk cartons made of cardboard. I have been using them for my indoor herb garden as well as for starting seeds that will eventually be transplanted into our gardens.
We don’t use many plastic pop bottles but we do like having a pop with our Friday night pizza. Now we will be using them to help drainage in the bottom of our larger containers.
The cardboard pizza boxes add up to and I use them to lay on the grass when we start new garden beds. They help to keep the lawn from growing through the new beds.
I drink coffee and keep the plastic bottles which I am planning to use to create a vertical garden strawberries patch or herb garden.
We both have meds we need to take for health reason. I like to use the empty bottles to store the seeds I collect from our gardens.
Even yogurt containers get reused as pots to start seeds in.
The pine cones get used for crafts at Christmas but also work great in the bottom of pots to help keep the drainage holes clear of dirt.
Our son has moved out on his own but left a bunch of his old shoes and boots. They will make great looking planters. Maybe Jenny can use a pair for her petunias.
I hope this little post helps get your creative juices flowing and you will start reusing or repurposing some of the trash that usual goes to the dump or landfill.
I started our first vegetable gardening in 2009 with a very tiny garden. At the time we gave growing potatoes a go but didn’t have the best luck as our garden was mostly clay so when it rained it held water and when it was dry the garden was like concrete.
We did get some potatoes but they were few and far between plus they were all on the small side.
The next year I grew potatoes in containers to see if I could do a better job.
We did better with containers but they presented a problem as well. They dried out constantly. We didn’t give up though and had more potatoes than the first attempt in the garden. This year I want to go with growing potatoes in bigger pots, a raised bed as well as in our veggie garden again, as we have been amending the soil for a few years now and it drains so much better.
I’ve Been Watching Some Youtube Videos
I love watching Youtube gardening videos and learn a lot of things without having to read the instructions. That was a guy joke in case you missed it. It’s also a great way to spend a day when it’s –27C outside. Ah, the benefits of working at home.
Below is a video that gave me hope with container gardening. He gets a much bigger yield of potatoes that I even did using containers, so I’ll follow his advice and give this a go this summer.
Growing Potatoes In Containers
The biggest problem I had with the potato growing videos I watched is that most didn’t show what happened with their technique. As I started reading through the comments I learned that most just didn’t work.
I am also looking into creating a 2×2 foot raised bed for potatoes and build the bed higher as it grows in order to lengthen the root system where the tubers actually grow. This is for another post because I need to learn more about it before trying this one.
Just a few minutes ago I watched a cool video about a tool that makes seed starter blocks out of soil. It’s called the Soil Cube Tool and I love the idea, which can save me money as I won’t need to be buying pre-made seed starter pods.
The thing is the pods I usually buy are in a mess so the dirt doesn’t fall apart while being watered. The fact the seed blocks don’t have any container had me worried that they would break apart at the first watering. I have been assured that this won’t happen.
Here is the video that caught my attention this morning. Check it out and let me know, through comments, what you think about the idea.
I was also thinking it would be a mess getting them out of the tray but when I saw the set of tongs he was using it made it look even more appealing.
The product isn’t expensive but when I see an idea that I might be able to duplicate myself, well I just have to try it. I think I have all the tools and materials to make my own soil cube maker. Although I have some PVC pipe that is the perfect size so I might just use that to make soil cylinders instead. Making the tongs would be easy with scrap wood I have in the garden shed.
I love home gardening tips and this tool is a great way to save money year after year. No more running to the garden center when I run out of seed pods.