More updates from me:
Project One: Composting
The baby worms are still alive and growing up. Yay! They are eating, sleeping, and composting to their hearts’ delight. One unexpected benefit of having a compost bin is that I’m much more confident in purchasing produce. I usually eat half of it and the rest goes bad. With a compost bin, all my rotting produce goes into the bin and gets recycled so I don’t feel like I’m wasting my money.
Project Two: Indoor Herbs
I tried to imitate an indoor-mason-jar-herb-garden that I saw on Pinterest. How many Pinterest projects of yours have been successful? I’m still sitting at zero. Although, I did try to get things going in the dead of Janurary, with blizzards raging outside, little natural sunlight, and the minimal warmth of a space heater, so there is that. Perhaps it’s a project I’ll try again later this summer. But round one on the mason jars didn’t work.
I didn’t give up on indoor herbs, though. Thanks goes to my friend, Melanie, who gave me a window sill herb garden kit. I didn’t open the kit for the longest time because I was bitter about the mason jars. However, I felt foolish when I did open the kit because everything I needed to grow herbs was ready to go. The package had the seeds, the soil and the labeled planters all ready for me. I just needed to re-hydrate the soil, bury the seeds, and put the container near a window. How easy! The next step is figuring out when and how to “harvest” the herbs for consumption.
Project 3: Patio Garden
This project for me is the most daunting. I’ve read from so many sources that beginner gardeners should start small. One or two plants only, etc. Then build up over the years. And you wanna know why!? It’s not that gardening is THAT difficult. Really, a lot of it comes down to proper soil, proper sunlight, proper watering. Pretty easy! The reason you want to start small is because it’s expensive! You have to buy the planters, the soil, the gardening tools, etc. Not too bad. But if you get too ambitious you have to buy more planters, more soil, more tools, and you have to find a place in your apartment to put all your starters. After that, you run the risk of everything dying and having to start from scratch. I’m not saying you can’t and shouldn’t be ambitious. I’m just saying it’s a lot to manage.
I have starters for onions, tomatoes, bell and jalapeño peppers, radishes, carrots, zucchini, and cucumber growing in my apartment that I started from seed. So far all is going well since nothing has died. However, the trick will be transplanting them, as that could be the end to it all. They will probably be fine. But I’m just telling you, don’t be ashamed to start small.