Winter Vegetables and Vertical Gardening

We started some seedlings for winter a little over a week ago.

I sold my old TV and used the $$ to buy sooo many seeds!

I sold my old TV and used the $$ to buy sooo many seeds!

Lettuces, broccoli, carrots, spinach, spaghetti squash, cauliflower, kohl rabi, onions, leeks, celery, cabbage, brussel sprouts, chinese cabbage, bok choy…and so on and so forth!  I’ll try to cover some techniques later for you folks that live where there’s a killing frost.  Here in West Sacramento we get a light frost in the winter mornings, and that’s it.

True to my first post on growing from seeds, we used the biodegradable pots this time.  They’re $2 for 50 at Lowe’s or Home Depot.

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We're reusing the miniature greenhouse trays from spring

And, now here are our seedlings!

Green beans in the front are actually a summer veggie...I'm pushing it a bit.

Green beans in the front are actually a summer veggie...I'm pushing it a bit.

Even though we don’t have a huge yard, I know others have an even smaller space.  I was wandering around Instructables.com when I came across this wonderful little tutorial.  So, of course, I ran out and grabbed a hanging shoe pouch thingy ($13 at Target).  I filled it with potting soil.

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I put mine on our fence.

I planted a number of different herbs in it, as well as some mesclun mix and arugala.

Oregano, Tarragon, Catnip, Dill, Basil...and some more I can't remember =)

Oregano, Tarragon, Catnip, Dill, Basil...and some more I can't remember =)

I made a little hole in the soil in each of the pouches.

About the same size as a little seed starter pot.

About the same size as a little seed starter pot.

And then I poured some seed starting mix into it, and patted it down.

I planted the seeds into the seed-starting mix.

I planted the seeds into the seed-starting mix.

Hopefully this will get them going!  I’ve been watering them every day, so I’ll let you know how it works!

TIME INVESTMENT: 1 hour

COST: $13 for shoe rack, $5 for seed starter (I already had some lying around), and $5 for potting soil (already had some of this too).  You won’t use all of the potting soil or the seed starter.  $23, without seeds.  Seeds run $1.50-$2.50 a packet.

My husband just put together a cute little greenhouse.  We’re working out some kinks, but I’ll show it to you next time!  We’ve also got some quails that we hatched from our quails.

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    • This was…hm. I need to do an update post on this. I tried this during the summer, and maybe it would work better in the winter. I noticed that the canvas, although heavy, did not hold the moisture in very well. The very delicate seedlings, due partially to this quick out-flow of water, and partially to my not-on-top-of-it watering, soon wilted and died in my inland Northern CA heat. My husband is planning on trying this again, with some modifications, so we’ll see how it goes. I think this would definitely work better in a more moist climate.

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