DIY reservoirs for pots

Pots add interest in your victory garden, and can also mean more time for watering and due setting can increase the aesthetics of a garden To conserve water and keep your vegetables well watered, place a recycled plastic container to catch water under your pot, with ‘wicks’ that go from the potting mix through the drainage holes into the underground container of water. I add little rocks to ensure slow flow if I am going to be away. Keep your container garden happy and thriving on long hot days by installing a hidden water reservoir. All you need is an empty plastic bottle around the same height as your planter. It will be easier to start with a new planting than an established container. Here’s how: Cut. Using a craft knife, cut the bottom off a plastic bottle. The cut bottle should be no taller than the distance from the bottom of the pot to the top of the soil line. Remove the cap. Place. Fill your container up partially with soil, and then place the empty bottle, upside down, in the center. Add more soil around the sides so that it stands up. Plant. Add your new plants in the donut shape around the bottle. Water. On hot days, just fill up the bottle with water, and it will slowly trickle down to the deep roots of your plants. You may still need to top-water at first while your little plants are getting established. Using the bottle upside down makes it easy to add water; if you would like to use a bottle cap-side-up instead (with drainage holes cut into the bottom to...

Planting seeds basics

 Growing your own food is pure satisfaction for fresher, tastier and enjoyable dining. One of the ways to grow your own foods is to plant seeds and a little organization can help to make it fun and easier to maximize the planting seed experience.  Feel free to share your tips. Here some tips: I washed the trays in soap and water and rinse well, a few day before starting to plant the seeds. Other suggestions can be found here Create a space for the planting, I used a table with some plastic for easy cleaning up; Materials and supplies ready for planting- trays, seeds, labelling sticks, permanent marker, soil mixture, water, and cleanup cloths; Read the instructions on the seed packages before planting, as each variety have different needs; Depending on the amount of seeds, schedule a couple of hours for planting. How deep and how far   The general rule for planting is one and half times the width of the seeds  It is better to plant more than less. When planting in trays, I usually put more than one seed in the compartment, especially if they are my own seeds saved from the previous year. If it’s in the ground (after the last frost in Ontario), I tend to plant them a little closer together than the recommended distance, so if all of the seeds don’t sprout, there is enough plants to thin out to easily fill in the bare spots. The victory garden is about self sufficiency and doing it yourself. Start growing your own food, you’ll love...