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3931  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Bubble Wrap Necklace - Step by Step Tutorial on: April 12, 2011 09:59:02 AM
How cool!
3932  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap 49 **Discussion** on: April 12, 2011 09:14:19 AM
Our farmer's market starts this Friday.  I've got to figure out what all I'm taking.  Our asparagus sprouted yesterday but the first spears are always savored by us.  Shiitakes are just emerging but I think those are going on the table too!  Good thing I've been crafting like mad and am swimming in lettuce and spinach.
3933  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: A Spring Morning in the Greenhouse on: April 12, 2011 08:26:54 AM
Awesome!  We've got some grafted heirloom tomato plants en route to us, something new to try this year.  Brandywine and paste tomatoes from the same plant. 
3934  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Spiedies! on: April 12, 2011 08:22:07 AM
LOL!  I started my career in Endicott with a very large Fortune 500 corporation.   Wink
3935  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / A Spring Morning in the Greenhouse on: April 12, 2011 07:23:36 AM
It's a hoop house, actually.  My genius husband built it for us from a kit.  It's got an interior raised bed.  We've been enjoying lettuce, spinach, carrots and beets all winter.


One of my requirements when we were deciding on the size was it had to be big enough for a table.  We've hosted luncheons and dinners out there.  Today, the table is holding my tea, cucumber seedlings and the season's final daffodils.  




I've had cut organic blue seed potatoes drying out there for a few days.  They're now ready to go into our garden bed.


We supplement our raised bed gardening with a lot of potted plants.  Tomatoes, hot peppers and cucumbers mostly.  For those of you who don't have the ground space to garden in, try some potted plants this summer.  We load our back deck with them.  I make my own potting mixture.  It's mostly garden soil, the kind you can get in bags at the garden center.  In a large container I add in some compost, a little peat moss, a few handfuls of vermiculite and about 1/4 cup of Soil Moist crystals to help the pots hold moisture.  


Today, I potted up tomatoes.  To cover those drainage holes in the bottom of the pot, I put in a layer of skirting.  That's the scrap fleece leftover from shearing.  It acts both as a barrier and helps with fertilization.  You can also cover those drainage holes with a bit of broken flower pot, fabric, packing peanuts, any number of things.


On top of the skirting I put a trowel of my potting mixture.  I tear the bottom of the peat pot that my tomatoes have been growing in and set it in the pot.  It's important not to touch the stem of a tomato.  Just touch the peat pot or the leaves if you have to.


When you pot up a tomato plant, it's important to plant it as deep as you can.  Just leave the very top leaves showing.  By doing this, the plant will develop more roots along the buried stem and will give you a more vigorous plant.  



We use the greenhouse as a season extender.  We'll keep our potted plants in there under protection until our last frost. Then we'll use it again at the end of the growing season for our plants when the first frost is predicted.
3936  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Fabric Covered Boxes on: April 12, 2011 03:24:00 AM
Welcome to Craftster!  I just sent you a PM on photo hosting.
3937  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Grow Your Own Tomatoes from Seed on: April 11, 2011 04:54:58 PM
Thanks thisbird!  You could always look for heirloom tomato plants at your local nursery, and maybe Santa will bring you some seeds for next year's garden.   Wink
3938  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap 49 **Discussion** on: April 11, 2011 03:58:39 PM
That's really cute, tlk!  And I love the strap idea.
3939  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Shop the Swap 49 **Discussion** on: April 10, 2011 02:00:21 PM
So cute!
3940  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Wicked Circus Altered Tin Gallery on: April 09, 2011 11:43:27 AM
Savoring the gallery.  Well said!  These tins need to go on a traveling roadshow together.  I'd pay to see them in person.   Smiley
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