DIY Miniature Greenhouse

Nov 8, 2008   //   by myrakelly   //   gardening  //  No Comments

minigreenhouse

A few weeks ago we got some unfortunate news. Our landlords were moving back to New Zealand and they wanted their house back. So after five long years in this wonderful house and just as the planting season is starting to kick in I suddenly had nowhere to plant my seedlings! I had just ordered all these heirloom seeds and had prepped the vege patch, so what was I to do? I had to give these seeds a temporary home before we found a new house to make our new vege garden at.

This makeshift miniature greenhouse that I made was like a tropical heaven for my seeds. They sprouted up in less than a week and in the picture above they’ve been growing for maybe two weeks. All I did was place my seed raising tray inside one of those thick plastic bags that your new duvet cover or sheet set comes in. It’s a good boxy shape to fit the tray in and it creates a super warm and cosy home for your wee babies. If you want to provide a little extra encouragement in the colder weather you can sit the whole thing on top of a hot water bottle and just change the water once or twice a day.

We found a new place with a big back yard so I’ll be roping in a few extra hands for a working bee to make a new vege garden. I’ll try to take lots of pictures as it all grows!

The Grass is Blue-Greener

Sep 7, 2008   //   by myrakelly   //   gardening, Uncategorized  //  2 Comments

I have officially joined the wheatgrass growing club! Anthony of RawModel.com had done a post a while ago about growing wheatgrass using ocean minerals that inspired me to get my own grass growing. While you can certainly get a good crop of greens without the extras there is always room for more minerals. It’s why we drink the greens right? So I had a look around to see if there was anything like the ocean minerals available in New Zealand and I came across this little website from Palmerston North, my home town! It’s run by a man named Wally and while he’s no web designer he certainly has the green thumb and some good tips for growing wheatgrass. So I ordered some of Wally’s Ocean Solids and a manual juicer to get my lawn underway.

What’s cool about the wheatgrass and ocean solids combo is that there are over 90 different minerals in the ocean solids and wheatgrass can absorb pretty much all of them. Just think of all those minerals in that one little glass of green goodness. Oh my! You just add some of the ocean solids, which look like rock salt, to your water that you’re going to water your crops with. You can also add a little bit to the soil.

If you’ve ever seen the trays of wheatgrass growing on the counter at a juicebar you’ll know it’s familiar green colour. But when you grow with the ocean solids, the grass is absorbing so many minerals which gives the grass an almost blue-green colour. It just looks so much healthier than other kinds I have seen. It’s sweeter and fresher than the juicebar variety and saves you your three dollars a shot you might spend if you bought out. I’m hooked.

I honestly don’t know what took me so long to get my homegrown wheatgrass setup. It’s so easy to grow and it looks great. So you can see in the photo, I have 4 trays. I have already mowed the lawn on the left. The lawn on the right is good to go. The two underneath are full of wheat that is still in the mid-sprouting stage. When the wheat gets longer shoots I will rotate them up to the top to catch the sunlight and turn it into chlorophyll for me to drink!

For anyone reading that doesn’t know about the miracle of wheatgrass and why you would drink something that tastes like you just mowed the lawn here are 40 reasons to drink wheatgrass. Also, Karen Knowler has a good video about growing wheatgrass here.

Go on, get growing!