Sunday, May 20, 2018

   Today was cooler, and slightly rainy.  I'm still trying to get my containers ready for planting seeds, but it is going pretty slow.  I did manage to clean two old planters that I have, and also drill some drainage holes.  I found a recipe that called for 1/2 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, and two drops of Dawn dishwasing liquid. I put the solution in a spray bottle, and then sprayed the containers inside and out.  After soaking for a few minutes, I scrubbed them well with an abrasive pad, and then rinsed them well.  Then I checked the drainage holes, to make sure the water would drain out the bottom of the bowl.
First drainage hole

All four drainage holes, after cleaning.

The drainage holes work!

   After the drainage checked out, I filled each container with the "Magic Dirt" (soil) and planted a hill of three zucchini squash seeds in one, and three yellow squash seeds in the other.

   I also cleaned, and filled with Magic Dirt, two hanging planters for flowers.  In one, I planted three petunia seeds, evenly-spaced in a circle, about 1 1/2 inches from the edge, and two parsley seeds in the middle.  In the other planter, I planted three petunia seeds, two Heavenly Blue morning glory seeds, with two zinnia (Envy) seeds in the middle.  

   I finally planted some carrots, in this 18 inch by 8 inch container. 

   I planted some beans (bush-style - not vine) in a 12 inch plastic container with supports.  I also went ahead and poked some drainage holes in my new cedar raised bed.  I think I'll try some brussel sprouts, broccoli and bell peppers in it.  I have tried broccoli before, and was not successful, so I hope some brand new organic soil (Magic Dirt), and better growing conditions will spell success this time. Since my attempt at growing seedlings indoors before Spring flopped, though, I'm going to be planting seeds again, from "scratch," since danger from frost seems to have finally passed.

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