1. Plan Ahead
I planted some warm-weather plants too early in the spring inside and then when it came time plant some more, I ran out of space and I rushed some of my warm-weather plants out of the grow room. As a result, I had some basil that was hurt, I’m struggling with some of the sunflowers, and the yard long beans from Blake Kirby are having a tough time. I only planted six of them because I knew that this could happen, but think ahead.
Additionally, is if you have grow lights like I do in the grow room, the yard long beans grew tall very quickly and grew into the light. Because of this, I wasn’t able to keep the light down as close to the other plants as what I’d have liked. Think ahead, that’s all I’m suggesting. Map it out and come up with a solution and a good plan that you can have moving forward. Then, take notes so that you know what to do different the next year.
2. Get Lots Of Buckets
Get lots of buckets or something to mix things in! You know us gardeners, we could go pick up some of the leaves out of the flowerbed or go to the store and get soil amendments, and we need to be able to mix things together, mix in some rock dust and some mineral dust, etc… You simply need buckets or another mixing container such as a garden cart or wheelbarrow. You need buckets for storage, especially if you have powered material like a rock dust, or a powdered organic fertilizer and you don’t have storage in a climate controlled environment, you need lots of buckets. Keep your eye out on Craigslist. Another great resource for free items is Freecycle.org.
3. Plant Warm & Cool Weather Plants In Different Pots
This is my big mistake so far this year. Don’t plant cool-weather plants and warm-weather plants in the same pot if you’re still in the early springtime. I made this mistake and planted the lettuce and the basil together. As a result, the lettuce nor the basil have done very well and there’s been a couple basil casualties. If I would’ve planted them in separate pots, I would’ve been able to bring the basil in at night or sooner in the day, and could have left the lettuce out to enjoy some of that cool weather. Again, this all comes back to planning ahead, and it’s something you need to be cognizant of. Now if it was later in the season, you probably wouldn’t have to worry about it so much, but then again, if you’re planting in pots, you need to move your cool-weather plants in the shade and keep some of your hot-weather plants out in the sun.
4. Use What You Have
I reticently made that video on how to make the air pruning pots using what I had. I happened to have hundreds of these old plastic nursery pots at my disposal. You can pick those things up from a nursery or behind a Lowe’s or a Home Depot. Many times, they’re just going to throw them out, but you can take them and make air pruning pots, so if you want to check that out, watch that this video. You can use anything for gardening. I’ve seen people use plastic trash bags to make plant pots out of and they work fine. Tip: Look around your yard and home. If you find something you don’t need and/or will never use again, figure out how to get creative and re-purpose it for gardening.
5. Relax and have fun.
Remember, gardening is therapeutic. I have fun with gardening even when I have failures or make mistakes. Speaking of mistakes or failures, I don’t know how this Vertical Grow Tower is going to work so don’t hold me to it, but I do have a lot of footage and I’ll put together a video to just kind of give you an overall of my thoughts on it so far, but just have fun. I’m having fun doing this, I think you’re all having fun following along and if you have suggestions, that’s what this YouTube forum is for. If you’re watching this video, then you’re on YouTube, so interact with us, the gardening community, and enjoy it.
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