Two Strats Down – Three to Go!

The Belladonna and Mandrake are officially in the nursery and the Nightshade and Cypress went into cold strat today. The Calamus has another week-and-a-half in cold strat before I can plant. I need my sprayer bottle. I can’t find it. So when I stopped by Lowes for the seeding soil I had a great chat with the lady in gardening about experimenting with plants that don’t grow in the Colorado climate. Especially the Cypress, which I’ll have to keep trimmed (since it’s a tree!) and bring in every winter.  I’m told I can keep it like a bonsai. You just have to keep it trimmed.  It should be interesting because I wonder if I’ll be able to keep the other plants in pots year round. Most of them are not native here and probably won’t tolerate the cold, dry Colorado winter.  All the more reason I need the greenhouse – at least before next winter.

So officially the garden has begun. In about four weeks I’ll be re-potting the herbs and starting the veggies. I also need to remember to fertilize my babies and give them nutrients.  I’d make compost tea, but it’s still too cold (and I’m not keeping it in the house).  Right now I have some miracle grow fertilizer I can use. Open to other suggestions.

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One Reply to “Two Strats Down – Three to Go!”

  1. Coffee grounds steeped in cool water and keep soil moist with that. Then when you repot in potting soil, mix grounds with soil. It produces nitrogen. Maybe a half cup full of grounds per gallon pot. If you’re real adventurous mix egg-shell in with that.

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