POW #2 - Window starter garden (from Pinterest)
Now, if any of you are Pinterest fans, you'll know how addicting it is, and also how it makes everything seam possible, easy, and true. You can make Mountain Dew into a glow-stick-esque lamp? What? (you can't by the way, according to a Pinterest Fail blog I found). At any rate, you have to take things with a grain of salt on there.
But I found something I wanted to try, and thought - no harm, no foul if it doesn't work, as I have all the items here anyways. This one was about self-watering window gardens made from pop bottles cut in half. Once I managed to find the actual tutorial (why do people pin photos that go nowhere?) I got started.
Check out the step-by-step for yourself on the Skruben website: Self-Watering Seed Starter Pots
Day 1: Oops, didn't take a photo, but cutting a pop bottle and tying a knot in string isn't too exciting
Day 3: I planted beans (left), peas (centre) and candy lilies (right). I didn't have much hope for any of them, but look at the beans go! The secret truly is that they water themselves. So helpful when my natural tendency is to overwater something to the point that I kill it . . . with love of course, not intentionally!
|Here's our set-up. Easy-Peasy!|
|Close up, you can kind of see the beans on the left|
peeking out. I put in three, hoping one would live.
Day 6: Are you kidding!? These beans mean business! As you can see, they've quite enjoyed this process. At about Day 4 you could see one of the peas peeking out, but I still didn't hold out much hope. I was wrong! Now all 3 of them stand up in their coke bottle, enjoying their window seat. Hunh. I guess I better start figuring out what to do with everything now that the Fall seems to be here (hmmmm).
Alas, still no love from the candy lilies, but I'm going to wait and see.
|Go Beans Go! And yup, Peas are trying too!|
On Day 7, I started to introduce the beans to the outdoors. I've read that you have to do it gradually over about a week or so, which would explain why the last batch I started inside didn't work out so well. Day 8, I forgot the beans outside for an extra hour and a half, oops. Day 9, they didn't look like they wanted to go outside. Day 10, beans AND peas went out, and came back in looking like this...
I'm going to actually put them outside for good now, because there's no sense in them staying in here as the beans are starting to get their second set of leaves - eek! That, and the soil is looking pretty 'salty' on the top which can't be good for them.
So, what have I learned? This is a GREAT way to start seeds! It's not necessarily suited for use with tap water. And you should be planting them In The Spring.
I guess I know what I'm doing next April!