Start Those Seeds Now to Have a Full Garden by Summer

We have already started some of seedlings for our summer garden and can’t wait to get them in the ground. I have listed below some of the seed starters that we have used in the past. If you are looking for a more economic way to start your seeds try using newspaper or egg cartons- we have used both of these in the past and have a had a great turn out!

Jiffy 5227 Seed Starter Greenhouse 72-Plant for $8.99 each

Jiffy 5718 Professional Greenhouse 50-Plant Starter Kit for $11.99 each

Jiffy 5710 12-Pellet Indoor Plant Start Greenhouse for $8.17 each

Plantation Products P128H Seed Starter Tray With Clear Dome – 128 Cells for $8.17 each

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Frugal Gardening- Save Your Hosta Seeds

Even though Fall just started, there are many projects you can do for your garden and landscaping now. One thing that we do each year is collect our Hosta Seeds to plant for the next year. This is a quick and easy way to produce beautiful landscaping without costing us a dime! Here are a few tips to help you, if you would like to collect and re-produce your own Hostas Plants!

First you will notice your current Hostas producing seed pods normally in September. Don’t grab them just yet, wait until these seed pods become brown and dry looking. But to warn you, these will turn brown pretty quickly, so keep an eye on them.  I have heard of people putting a pair of pantyhose or brown bag (tied gently around the stem) around the top of the plant to catch the seeds, if the pod would happen to open and start dropping their seeds.

Once the seeds are ripe and ready to be picked, you can then separate the pod from the black seeds. Timing is everything! You don’t want to pick them to early and the seeds are not ripe, you will them be left without any plants for next year!  Mature & viable seeds will be a dark brown or black. If  you see any other color seeds in the pod, you can throw them away, they are not fertile and will not produce any plants.

You will want to store your seeds in a dark, cool place- I throw them in our deep freezer in the garage in dark colored canister. You can store them in the refrigerator or a place in your basement- some where cool- you do not have to refrigerate or freeze them. You do not want to store them somewhere where they will be in direct light.

One last tip! Even though it is fairly easy to grow Hostas from seeds, you do need to keep them watered and they will need plenty of lighting to grow into mature Hostas plants. We start our seeds in January and plant them in the ground by the end of May, early June. Within a few years your new Hostas will start producing their own seed pods and you can continue to re-produce more and more Hostas!

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Oh, How My Garden Grows- 7/19 (link up)


Our tomato plants are just going crazy! We are picking on average 10 cherry tomatoes each day. There are several larger tomatoes that are very close for pickin, but the cherry tomatoes are just producing like crazy! Peppers and Jalapenos are pretty close as well!

If I could keep the squirrels off the strawberries we could actually have a few, but this is about as big as they get and then they are gone!!

Raspberries are still doing great but no berries yet! I can’t wait to finally have some produce that I want to eat!!

Beans are looking great! I will be adding the string fence for them to climb up later this week!

Bell peppers are getting bigger and bigger everyday! Some of the Purple Beauty Bell Peppers are starting to turn purple and look great!
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Oh How My Garden Grows- 7/5 (link up)

So we got a very late start on our garden this year. But with the weather changing it’s mind everyday if it was going to be hot, cold, wet, dry, windy and so on, I just did not want to plant our veggies and fruit and then have nothing from the crazy weather. But I am glad we waited because everything is growing very well and we have had tons of tomatoes and peppers, more than we can eat right now!! So you can see above how one of our cherry tomato plants is doing very well. Our girls are picking 5-10 tomatoes every other day.


Here are my bell peppers! They are doing very well also. We have about 4 that almost ready to pick but this little guy was so cute, I wanted to share him instead of the big guys!!


Here are some of our hot peppers, we have been picking a few of these guys about every 3 days. I am very impressed this year with the garden. We have already save close to $50 in produce so far. Considering my girls eat tomatoes like candy, I am very glad that our plants are producing enough to keep up with them!!

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What Grows In The Garden- Kiwano Horned Melon


Each week I am going to find a new fruit or vegetable that my family is going to try and share with you how it tastes, where is grows, etc. This is a way for our family to try new fruits and vegetables and hopefully encourage your family to do the same! I also hope to find new fruits and vegetables to grow in our garden, in the long run saving us money while providing my family with more organic food options! Here is the new produce we tried this week!

NAME: Kiwano Horned Melon (Cucumis metuliferus)

FRUIT or VEGETABLE: Fruit

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Frugal Gardening: Pick Your Own Farms

Look how cute my little tomato plants are!! Above are 2 that are doing very well and my girls can not wait to start eating some FREE tomatoes!! Below are my raspberries!! All of those from one little plant last year, THANKS BECKY!!!
If you are looking for a way to save some money with out having the care of your own garden, you can always visit your local Farm. Visit PickYourOwn and search for a local farm in your area where you can tour their farm, pick your own flowers, veggies or fruit all for a very reasonable price! We live near Cincinnati and I found 3 that are within driving distance for us to visit and pick our own!

The PickYourOwn site offers a ton of information! Below I included a farm in my area- they tell you exact location, what they have to offer and any visitor information you may need to stop by! They also have reviews from readers so you can see what others have to say about a local farm. Some farms offer a lot of options or they may specialize in just one produce like the farm below!

Green Acres Landscaping and Nursery – Blueberries

5700 Kyles Station Road, Liberty Township, OH 45011. Phone: 513-777-8330. Open: call first to verify availability; on Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Prices: $4.50 per quart or $12.00 for 3 quarts Quart containers provided (Suggested by a visitor, ADDED: June 24, 2009) (UPDATED: June 13, 2010)

 

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>Mother’s Day Specials- A Whole List Of Great Deals!!

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Here are a few more Mother’s Day offers that I wanted to share!

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>2 or 3 FREE Plants- Great Mother’s Day Gift!

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Cherry Hedge

We have been growing some of our own fruit and veggies for 2 years now and I absolutely love the convenience of walking outside and grabbing food right from the yard! Last year we added a apple tree and a peach tree and plan to add a cherry tree this year. So finding this deal got me super excited!! Purchase 2 plants and get 2 FREE all for $9.99 plus shipping and handling! Who doesn’t love cherries!

They also have a great deal on Lavender plants- buy 3 get 3 FREE- all for $9.99, just pay shipping and handling!! We bought my mom a lavender bush for Mother’s Day last year and it is close to her bedroom window. She can smell the lavender every night while she is sleep, which they say will help you sleep better! That is where I intend to plant ours, we need all the help we can get!! There would make great Mother’s Day gifts!

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Ways To Save- Gardening In Egg Cartons

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WooHoo!! We finally were able to get out and plant a few veggies this weekend and hopefully our seedlings will be ready to go in the ground very soon as well. We did get a little bit of a slow start this year with our seed planting but they will be ready soon!

We decided this year that we wanted to use more items that we would normally just throw away for our garden. One item we used this year to get our seedlings started was egg cartons. We added some dirt into each little whole and then added some seeds and water. Our girls labeled the top of the inside of the carton with which seeds they added in each whole and as they grow bigger we will then plant them in the ground!!

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>Request Your Burpee 2011 Catalog!

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Oh how I love Burpee! With spring right around the corner, I have been going crazy to get my hands in the dirt and Burpee products are by far my favorite choice in gardening products! You can now request their 2011 catalog- filled with all their great gardening products! Get yours today- fill out this form to get your catalog!

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>Oh, How My Garden Grows!!

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Here are a few pictures of my garden this week. I hope some of these start growing faster before colder weather gets here!! Haha~!!
Here is one of our Black Beauty Bell Peppers.

Here is the start of a cute little watermelon!!

More tomatoes!!

More blooms for our pumpkins, but they never seem to grow anything.

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>Oh, How My Garden Grows!!

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Not much has changed in the past few weeks, with this heat wave and crazy weather, my plants are begging for a break!!
Here are a few baby cucumbers!!

More tomatoes!!

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>Oh, How My Garden Grows!!

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Here is the tomato that is almost ready for pickin!!!

More pumpkins!!

Green Bell Pepper!!

Jalapeno!!

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>Oh, How My Garden Grows!!

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Here it is again, my garden!! I need some fertilizer!!

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>Oh, How My Garden Grows!!

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Not much different from last week, but here is my garden!!  I think I am going to start giving them growth hormones to make them grow faster!! Just kidding!!

One baby bell pepper in there, can you see it?

Cucumbers…..

Poor lonely tomato …..

Green onions are growing great!!

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