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Gardening in Winter

Happy Saturday everyone!  Or whatever day it is that you happen across this post.  🙂  As fresh white snow falls outside, it’s fresh and green inside… with my new AeroGarden!   Icon

I’ve had one of these on my Amazon wish list forever, and this year my sister bought one for me for Christmas.  Ho, ho, ho, merry gardening!  🎅

This is a 6 pod model that came with a starter set of herbs.  Two varieties of basil, parsley, thyme, mint, and dill.

I had lots of fun setting it up.  It felt more like a science project than gardening, and I suppose it kinda is.  Gotta love science that lets me garden indoors during the winter!  I felt a bit like a mad scientist.  “It’s alive!”   Or it will be soon.  😉  Here it is all “planted”…

It has a handy lighted display that lets you know when it was planted, when to add water, and when to add nutrients…

But it doesn’t actually work properly.  When you add the nutrients after the first 14 days, all you’re supposed to need to do is press the OK button and it’s supposed reset, but it doesn’t.  I’ve had to reset the entire garden twice now, but I guess it doesn’t really matter, once it’s growing, you don’t really need to know how many days it’s been planted.  I went online and found that other people were having the same issue, so at least I know it’s not just mine.

Each pod in the kit came with a little disk shaped label attached to the top that has information about the seeds planted within…

Observe the reflection of the unit’s built-in “disco lights” haha!  They don’t actually revolve around like a disco ball, but wouldn’t that be cool?!  If only they had a suggestion box.  😉   These lights are extremely bright, and because the timer is on the herbs 17 hour cycle, we have to cover it at night until they turn off or we go blind whenever we come into the kitchen.

Despite the 4 – 7 day label on the Thai Basil above, it was actually the Genovese Basil that was the first to sprout…

So exciting!

Soon, all but the dill and parsley were big enough to remove their little domes…

And here they are about a week later with the two basil plants towering over the rest.  I’ve been having to prune the basil a lot…

And here’s what it looked like this morning…

The dill is hiding in the back left corner…

Even though you can’t see it very well from the front, it’s getting plenty of light back there.  Dill grows really tall, so I’m sure I’ll have to keep pinching this guy back to keep it contained.

The thyme is a bit shaded though, so I’ll have to prune the basil a bit more…

No worries about the mint though, I’m sure it’ll grow like a weed regardless, spreading out its minty freshness…

But I will have to tame the mint a bit for the parsley’s sake.  The parsley has taken forever to sprout, I was beginning to worry that I had a dud pod.  But here he is.  Cute little teeny tiny parsley finally sprouting.  🌱

In all, I’m pretty darn pleased so far, and I’m looking forward to growing more fresh goodies in my little AreoGarden.

I forgot to mention that as the plants grow taller you’re able to raise the disco lights.  I raised it higher than recommended to snap the photo below, it’s supposed to be just high enough that the plants aren’t touching it.  If it’s too high, the plants will grow tall and spindly.  You’re also supposed to keep the taller plants pruned shorter until all of the plants are roughly around the same height.  As you can see, I need to prune the basil some more…

How many times have I mentioned that now?  Haha!  Maybe I’ll go down and do it after I post this…

But gosh you guys, do these fresh little herbs ever smell amazing!  It’s especially refreshing right now in the dead of winter.

Thank you again so much, Forest (my sister’s nickname), for getting me this little AeroGarden, I’m having lots of fun with it!  (Even though Mom hates it because of the bright lights. “Bright light, bright light!”) 🙃

Next, I’m thinking that I’ll get a selection of lettuces to grow.  If they do well, I may always grow my lettuce indoors, even during the regular growing season, because the bugs always bug my lettuce. 🐛 By the way, you don’t have to get the AeroGarden’s pre-seeded pods, you can reuse the empty grow baskets and domes that came with the kit and then use your own seeds.  All you’ll need are their little grow sponge thingies.  Just noticing that this kinda sounds like I’m doing a review for the AeroGarden or something haha!

Well, whatever it is, thanks for letting me share about it!  Ahh… the joys of gardening…

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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September Glory

I awoke on this September 1st to find my morning glories have finally bloomed…

I love thier big, bright blue blossoms!  😍

 I also awoke this morning to some brisk temperatures here in my little part of the world.  Not that I’m complaining, this is my favorite time of the year!  As many of you may already know, I absolutely adore everything there is about Autumn!  🍁

I’ll admit, it’s a little bit of a sad time in the garden, as everything is winding down.  Many of my plants are looking quite scraggly and my veggie garden gave up the ghost a bit early this year, as I’ve already yanked out my cucumber vines and my zucchini.  But I’ve still got some little jalapeno peppers going and a few tomatoes yet to turn red.

But as the Earth keeps spinning and the seasons come and go, everything in nature is always in some phase of transition and continual transformation, and I do my best to embrace each one.  All of life is a series of bittersweet hellos and goodbyes…

So hello to September, and a happy September 1st to all of you!  May this new month bring new and beautiful things to your life…

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Satisfaction

 

Growing my own food and harvesting fresh veggies from my garden definitely gives me a great sense of satisfaction

And a deep sense of gratitude as well.

 

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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WPC – satisfaction

Don’t Be Shy

Don’t be shy

Lift up your eyes

Let your beauty shine

 

Like the sun

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2017

 

I found this lovely gem springing up between the cracks along the stairway outside my back door.  I didn’t plant it there, so my guess is that some of the black oil sunflower seeds that I feed the birds scattered there and sprouted.  What a delightful surprise!  I adore sunflowers and didn’t have a place to plant any this year, so I appreciate nature planting some for me in a place it saw fit – right out our backdoor, where we go in and out the most and can enjoy it’s beauty.

When I walked past it yesterday, I thought it looked like it was being shy with its head slightly tilted down, and its petals not yet fully opened reminded me of eyelashes.  I added a filter to this photo, which I never do, and edited it to give it a bit of a nostalgic feel, because that’s how I was feeling while looking at it.  I can’t wait until it “lifts up its eyes” and “let’s its beauty shine.” 🌻

 

May your day shine with beauty today, and with joy…

 

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Silent Sunday

 

 

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Two Little Sweets

Two little sweets

destined to be

delicious treats

 

© Julie Rehnelt 2017

 

Unless the naughty squirrels steal them just before they’re ripe enough to pick.  😡  I have yet to taste even one of my strawberries this season…

Oh well, you win some you lose some when it comes to gardening.  At least I’ve been able to enjoy their sweet pretty blossoms.  🌸

 

May your world blossom with sweetness today…

 

 

✿~Peace & Love~✿

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Wordless Wednesday

 

 

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