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Posted: 02 Mar 2010
Starting in on the veggie garden
Posted: 16 Feb 2010
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Winter Storm

Category: Gardens | Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:23 pm

Well we had a pretty bad storm up here on Friday night, the wind and rain wreaked havoc on everything. So many trees down, roads flooded, there was even a whole blocked that burned down in Hampton because the winds carried the flames. Most of the roads were closed and a few still are. We didn't get power back until the middle of the night last night. Our plants seem to be doing fine even though we had no heat and the lights couldn't be turned on. I've never seen so many uprooted trees at once. It's now become normal to drive over several downed power lines every time you drive. It was a fun experience having no electricity but I'm sure my plants are all glad to have the power back on.
On a side note, my lettuce sprouted in the middle of all this and the rest of my plants are doing pretty well. The only problem plant is my dill which hasn't looked too hot since we transplanted it to a bigger pot, but I'm hoping it will perk up now that the lights are back on.

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Starting in on the veggie garden

Category: Gardens | Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 4:47 pm

Well it's starting to snow again, it's supposed to be a pretty decent storm but I'm ready for spring. I guess that's part of being a real New Englander, we love the snow, couldn't imagine life without it, but complain all winter.
So to keep my mind off the cold dark state of my world I've been starting the veggie garden. I know it's pretty early for most of what I'll be planting but I've started germinating some of the plants that I can keep potted and under grow lights until spring.
Last night we bought our first grow light to perk up the herbs we've had going for about a month now, it's got some room for other plants as well and I'm thinking about investing in at least one more.
We started 4 types of chili peppers, and some tomatoes from seed in peat pellets for now. I'm also working on the scallions that I bought a while back. I'm trying them in a pan for now on the recommendation of a friend.
We transplanted our basil and parsley into bigger individual pots as they were getting big and overcrowded.
Hopefully it will get warm soon, but it's mid February in New Hampshire, so I expect to see snow storms at least a few more times and it'll be probably 2 or 3 months until it's really warm out for more than a day at a time.

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The start of my indoor endeavor

Category: Gardens | Posted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:54 am

So I began my little indoor gardening project recently. In past years I've been fortunate enough to have outdoor veggie, herb, and flower gardens but my living situation this year is about to change to an apartment with a yard that isn't my own, so I've decided to try my hand at indoor gardening.
The flu season this winter's been inspiring me to start with an herbal healing section of my garden. My boyfriend has had strep and ear infections for the past month and a half and I've had various bouts with cold and flu symptoms since the temperature started getting low. I've got good insurance but I've never been over faithful in popping pills so I've been pulling out my mother's natural healing books and planning a medicinal herb and veggie garden.
A week or two ago I started with just a few basic cooking herbs (basil, parsley, cilantro, rosemary, oregano, and thyme) but I've been making lists of what to start growing as soon as I go back to work and get paid. (I work in a college town so we close over brake and I get to be even more poor than usual.)
Here is the list thus far, but it's still growing:
Chamomile
Sage
Echinacea
A few types of Mint
Aloe
Angelica
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Mullein
St. John's Wort
Catnip
Ginger
Chives
Scallions

I'm also aware some of those may be difficult for indoors so the list may change.
On a different gardening note, I've also got a new bonzai which I swear I will try not to kill this time, I'm getting a cactus soon, my mother gave us a terrarium for christmas (she called it a meditation bowl), and of course our spider plant which is fool proof for my forgetfulness.

Looking forward to spring/summer still though because both of us will be volunteering on an organic farm in town which means free veggies!

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