May 16, 2018

The Perfect Watering Nozzle

Watering the gardens is a daily routine and finding the perfect hose nozzle is important. For someone with arthritis and painful joints, holding a squeeze trigger nozzle is very uncomfortable after just a few minutes.

In my opinion, the Gilmour Thumb Control Watering Nozzle is perfect! The lever moves easily, allowing you to control the force of the water coming out. The nozzle grip is a good size, perfect for small hands and with a rubberized surface for "gripability." 

One of the best features of this watering device is the swivel base—no more kinks and sore wrists from trying to the get the nozzle into the correct angle!

The nozzle head includes eight patterns, from regular “sprinkling can” shower to stream and jet to fine mist for those delicate flowers and seedlings. The entire nozzle is well constructed and feels substantial and durable.

The Gilmour Thumb Control Watering Nozzle is a must for every gardener, and would make a great gift for the gardeners in your life.

Note: I received this product for my honest review, I am using it, and I highly recommend it.

April 18, 2018

The Excitement of Starting Your Own Seeds Early

Every year I say I'll do this, and so far, I've never done it. But THIS year is different. And I'm excited!

This year I carefully chose seeds from Renee's Garden for plants that aren't too finicky or high-maintenance. 

For veggies, I picked Container Baby Leaf Spinach 'Little Hero' and Container Kale 'Green Curls', and a gorgeous Heirloom Slicing Tomato 'Chianti Rose'.

For my flower gardens, I chose 'Watercolor Silks' Border/Container Dahlias, Butterfly Rudbeckia 'Cappucino', Chinese Delphinium 'Blue Mirror', and Perfumed Heliotrope 'Deep Marine'.
seed packets

Using trays of peat pots arranged into a little greenhouse type set-up, the potting soil goes in, gets wetted thoroughly, and I'm ready to start putting those seeds in. I also used some peat pellets to start some seeds I saved from last year: Four O'clocks, Tithonia, Lupine, and Lantana as well as a couple others that may or may not still be viable. 

Finding a warm spot with plenty of light will be the challenge in my small house. And keeping the cat away. 

Seeds just naturally want to sprout, so what could go wrong? (she said)

Starting too early produces seedlings that are weak and splindly because the light and temperature are not adequate. Seedlings stretch to reach as much light as possible, and they end up with long stems that won't support the plant.

Damping off is another worry. Granted, seedlings need to be kept well moistened, but they can rot at the soil level and all the waiting and watching is for naught. Use new clean, sterile potting soil and don't overwater.
trays of seedingls
Seedlings up!
Once the seedlings are ready to transplant to the outdoors, there's another step: hardening off. These babies have been indoors and tenderly cared for since sprouting. Plonking them outdoors will be too much of a shock and they'll collapse. Gradually acclimate seedlings to the outdoors by placing them in a shaded sheltered spot on a warm, bright day, just for a few hours for a few days. Bring them inside at night.

In late May, I'll plant a yummy looking Heirloom Container Tomato, 'Tasmanian Chocolate', and when outdoor planting time comes, we'll be planting French Gold Pole Beans and familiar Blue Lake Pole Beans.

With any luck this year, I will have a lovely garden and my own garden-to-table feast!