I have been reading a few books on gardening and so far I have found nothing to help me in my journey to make a garden. So far the pdf files have just been on plant diseases and bugs. Oh and composting!
I just want to know what herbs, fruits, vegetables are best for the winter going into the spring time? And what does "sowing" a seed mean? I am sort of in a hurry even though I know I shouldn't be but I just want to plant something even if it is in a small pot. o3o
Basically...how do I get started? And what is a good gardening book to start with? ^-^ Thanks in advance.
You won't be able to plant seeds outdoors just yet, Lechin, as it is too cold for them to germinate properly. Having said that, you are starting at the perfect time. I think what you might enjoy doing is planting some mustard and cress seeds indoors on a window-sill. They start to sprout in a matter of days, and in a few more days , you can chop off the top growth with scissors and spread it over your dishes as garnish. Delicious! So it's instant gratification - almost!
Here are some links I found, with instructions and reading references: [Just click on the names].
What I would advise is buying just two packets of seeds in your local supermarket or garden center i.e. mustard and cress and planting a little of each on damp kitchen paper or soil on two separate dishes. You can get loads of sowings from each packet. The first link, above, has lots of other suggestions for seeds you could try.
There are countless other links on Google, which you may find interesting too.
. Please keep us posted as to how you are getting on.
Last Edit: Feb 16, 2014 15:24:13 GMT -1 by Whisker
Yes, @penny! We need some more gardeners here - and that's something everybody here can do! I might just start off some Micro Greens myself. I have been thinking about it for some time - and not done anything so far. They are very tasty and nutritious.
Sowing equals spreading the seed on the soil or damp paper and leaving them to start to grow. It needs light, air and water in order to get off to a start. All you do is sprinkle the seed lightly over the damp paper or soil in the dish. It must be kept moist, but not drowned in water. For different veggies, there can be different methods of sowing, but for the microgreens, all you need to do is sprinkle the seeds on a damp surface and keep it damp. Then just wait. In a couple or three days you'll see the seeds start to split open i.e. Sprout. !
There are hundreds of videos about how to grow microgreens. Some them are on a more professional level, involving more expense - which you don't want at the start. Here's a video showing a regular guy in his home, using simple materials, showing exactly how to do it.
You can manage with just paper towels, but if you decide to use soil, just buy the smallest amount of potting compost, maybe one or two kilos , lbs, for starters - again available in large supermarkets or garden centers. Re containers, the type of container he uses is perfect, i.e. small plastic containers that come with veggies or fruit. My tip - very often the holes are already in the containers, so you don't have to go making holes yourself. Tomatoes or strawberries generally come in containers that already have holes. I think this video is very good, because it shows an ordinary guy doing it in his kitchen.
If you want more videos just key in "sowing microgreens youtube" and you will get loads more to choose from.
Best of luck! Please keep us updated on how things are going!
Last Edit: Feb 17, 2014 10:18:43 GMT -1 by Whisker
Oh! Thank you so so much! Squeeee I can't wait to start sowing seeds and growing the plants. My brother is a pro at this so I learned a thing or two from him about watering. I could learn more from him but like me he is a busy person...even more busy than me though. Since I got up this early in the morning I shall begin my day now and do lots of stuff! :3 Lots of updates for you guys because I'm not going anywhere because of the ice and rain outside.
Well, there's always someone here, to respond to your posts, Lechin. Not a day goes by that there are not new posts - so please feel free to join in. The more the merrier! Really looking forward to haring how you get on with your sowing and planting! I think your microgreen harvest will really enhance your bento-box meals!