Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Preparedness

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Preparedness

Coronavirus!  Of all the things we plan for (hurricanes, tornadoes, etc), a coronavirus pandemic was not one of them.  But now that cases are increasing outside of China and almost 200 people (as of 2/2020) are being monitored for Coronavirus in our state alone, it’s time to get a little more prepared. Keeping everything in … Continue Reading

Homemade Agar – Using Rice Water And Gelatin To Grow Oyster Mushroom Spawn

Homemade Agar – Using Rice Water And Gelatin To Grow Oyster Mushroom Spawn

Having just finished our first harvest of oyster mushrooms from a kit, we wanted to try growing our own mushroom spawn.  And we wanted to first give it a try using materials already on hand, and get our cultures from the oyster mushrooms we had just grown.  There are definitely more refined methods of accomplishing … Continue Reading

12 Really Unusual Things Used To Grow Mushrooms

12 Really Unusual Things Used To Grow Mushrooms

  Toilet Paper This photo was submitted to the North American Mycological Association by Ron Spinosa showing oyster mushrooms growing inside a milk carton using kitty litter as a substrate. Milk Carton This photo was submitted to the North American Mycological Association by Milton Tam showing oyster mushrooms growing inside a milk carton using kitty … Continue Reading

10 DIY Outdoor Self Watering Irrigation Systems For Potted Plants And Planters

We use several different methods to keep our outdoor potted plants watered depending on where the plant is located and the size of the planter.  Making self-watering systems really cuts back on the frequency of manual waterings, and improves the amount of water delivered to each plant. No offense intended to some of the other … Continue Reading

Alternative Methods For Watering Houseplants Comparison

Alternative Methods For Watering Houseplants Comparison

If you are looking for ways to water your houseplants while you are away on vacation, or just looking for a way to streamline watering all your container plants, there are a lot of options to choose from.  There are plenty of products you can purchase, and many DIY methods of watering plants as well.  … Continue Reading

Mushroom Growing Kit Results And Review

Mushroom Growing Kit Results And Review

Given how much we enjoy gardening, it seemed worth it to give a mushroom growing kit a try.  We love cooking with mushrooms and if we can manage to grow them in a kit, maybe there’s a chance we could start growing them regularly as a hobby for our own consumption.  The kit seemed like … Continue Reading

Plant Watering Stakes And Watering Globes Review

Plant Watering Stakes And Watering Globes Review

Keeping plants in the house over the winter always ends up one of two ways in our home; they are either over watered or under watered most of the cold winter season.  We can’t ever seem to find a happy balance between indoor humidity levels, and neglect or too much attention.  After participating in a … Continue Reading

Growing Kiwi From Seed

Growing Kiwi From Seed

This should fall under the”Saw a bunch of seeds inside a fruit and figured I’d try to grow some” category, because that’show this project started. After a couple of internet searches, I learned they would sprout on wet paper towels inside a ziplock bag after a month. I scraped out about 50 seeds, cleaned them … Continue Reading

Fostering Monarch Caterpillars With Alternate Food

Fostering Monarch Caterpillars With Alternate Food

We planted Milkweed late last year after hearing of the Monarch Butterfly decline. This year, the plants were getting bigger and starting to fill out. Bymid-August, the tall plants appeared to be dying. On closer inspection, the stalks and leaves of the plants were covered with thousands of bright orange aphids. But the true cluprit … Continue Reading

How To Propogate Mona Lavender (Plectranthus)

How To Propogate Mona Lavender (Plectranthus)

Mona Lavender is said to be in the same plant family as Swedish Ivy (notice the purple undersides of the leaves?). I won’t go into how to care for it other than it likes half sun/shade and moderate watering outside, and likes to be ignored inside (I only water when almost dry). I’ve managed to … Continue Reading

Starting Seeds – Sprouting and Transplant Made Easy

Starting Seeds – Sprouting and Transplant Made Easy

The Problem I’ve tried virtually all the seed sprouting tricks posted on Pinterest and elsewhere on the internet. I sprout a lot of seeds, so I wanted to find a quick and efficient process. Since I harvest most of my own seeds, not all of them sprout. I don’t want to start them in soil … Continue Reading