It's winter, and I am covered in mailorder catalogs. I often have two or three open at a time, carefully making my selections of what I think I can grow this coming year. I also know some of the stores will have seeds for sale, very soon.
About 20 years ago, after my dad died, my mom encouraged me to learn to grow plants from seed. We didn't have a greenhouse, but we had each other, and books from the library. My mother let me drill holes in the ceiling of a south facing room. We put a table near the window, and there was a furnace duct underneath that table. I hung a four foot fluorescent light fixture with chain from the ceiling. We put one warm fluorescent bulb, and one cool bulb in the fluorescent light fixture. I layed newspaper out on the living room floor, and carefully put potting soil in several trays. Then I put paper towels, plastic on the table, and moved the trays to the table, and carefully put water in the trays. I let the soil soak up all the water, and checked the next day to make certain they weren't too wet or too dry. Then I very carefully put one seed in each spot on the trays, and slightly covered them with the soil in the trays. I made certain the light fixture was hung about a half an inch to an inch off the trays. I also had a clip on light fixture that people might use on headboards, and I put a plant light in it, and attached it to one side of the table.
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Beautifully put! I feel your passion for the Earth's dirt. To feel it between your fingers is an absolute natural high! I hate the winter. I'm dyin' with out my garden!
Hi Carol, I am from S.B, IN. Where are you ?
Last summer, I had a lot of gnats attacking my tomatoes and peppers when I brought them inside. I want to be more "green," more organic. (Yes, I do care about what I do to our Earth!" I had a can of non-aersol spray oil, it was a fine mist. You all know, that stuff everybody uses to cut down on using oil.
Well, I used it on those gnats, and it worked! I didn't use it on the stove, or anything hot, as that could have caused a fire, and I didn't use it on any seedlings or plants, nor did I spray it on my tomatoes or peppers.
If the gnats landed on my countertop, zap, I sprayed them with a fine mist of oil. If they landed in my sink, I sprayed them with a fine mist of oil. Those gnats even got onto my tea glass, and I sprayed them with a fine mist of oil. Then wiped them away, and cleaned the area with soap. I hope that it is better than those chemical sprays. My husband used to use the chemical sprays to the point that I had to tell him that "the clean fresh scent you are smelling is full of chemicals!" I hope none of you are doing that, but if you are, a quick fine mist oil spray will do the job, and then a cleanup with soap to get rid of the gnats and the oil.
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