Tag Archives: Vegetables

Garden Day, Day 126

If you took a look the container that I planted my carrots in, you would swear that I just emptied the entire packet of seeds in. That means it’s time to thin them out. I’ve been thinning and giving the baby carrots to my friend for her turtle.


Herb Garden

I took this picture last week. These are the herbs I planted in the containers that I made. Both the cilantro and basil started to flower so I had to pick those off. The scent those flowers left on my hands was amazing!

Pictured is dill, basil, cumin, oregano, rosemary, mint, mint (again) and basil (again) 


Garden, Day 87


Things are much better in my garden these days. It helps that some of the seedlings were replace with plants that I purchased (Veggie plants were only $.76 at the local nursery). All the rain and the heat from this weekend did wonders for my plants. I was even able to collect a couple of gallons of rain water.

Here are some pictures.

Trust the System!!!!

Great news!! my plants are coming back. My magical trick? I stopped watering them.

Yes, it appears that I was overwatering. I stopped watering for several days to allow the soil to dry out.  I picked off the dead leave and left it alone for a couple of days. After that, I  watered from the bottom like I was supposed to be doing. I can’t explain why I spent all that time making these self-watering containers and then watering them like normal.

The moral of the story, trust the system!!

A brown thumb

So my greeen thumb is not so green. So in an effect to save my plants, I am posting this question on a couple sites in hopes that I get some help. Wish me luck!!




I finally moved my plants outside and some of the leaves are turning brown.  The very same plants in the peat pots are doing just fine. Any clue as to what it could be?

Am I overwatering? Underwatering?

Not enough sun? Too much sun?

They are a ton of bugs in the pot (in the dirt). When I described them to the guy at the garden center he said that they were harmless “fungus gnats”. Could they actually be a problem?

Just as an FYI, the plants are all in containers. I used Miracle Grow Garden Mix for the soil.

Here are some pictures.


Tutorial: DIY Earthbox in a 5 Gallon Bucket

 Here is my version of a subirrigation/Earthbox. To learn more about the benefits of this type of plant watering system, check out this link https://paperchaise.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/d-i-y-sub-irrigation/


  • 1 – 5 Gallon bucket
  • 1 – 12×12 vinyl tile, cut to the diameter of the container.
  • 1 – 24″ x 24″ piece of mesh
  • 3  –  3″ pieces of  PVC pipe (or small plastic containers). I used both 1.5″ and 2″ PVC
  • 1 – knee -hi stocking


  • Drill and drill bits
  • Saw (optional)
  • Hole saw drill bit


 Prep Work:

1) Cut the PVC to 3″ pieces. If you don’t have a saw, ask if they can cut it for you at your home improvement store

2) Drill several holes into what will be the bottom of the PVC (see picture below)Photo_050609_004

3) Cut the vinyl tile into a circle. The diameter of the circle will need to be slighter smaller than the inside of the container. In order to get the correct size, I placed the tile on the container and traced around. I cut just inside (1/4″-1/2″) that line

(see pciture below)


4) Cut a circular hole into the vinyl tile slightly smaller than the diameter of the PVC. To accomplish this, I traced around the pvc and cut just inside the circle (1/8″)

5) Punch a dozen or so small holes in the vinyl tile  to allow for the humidity of the water to have contact with the soil

6) Drill a small hole (1″) into the side of the container, making sure the hole is below the 3″ mark (or below the level of the dirt) . This hole was serve as an overflow valve and a place to add water






 1) Place PVC  inside of the mesh. Make sure that the holes in the PVC are at the bottom


 2) Gather the mesh together and thread it thru the hole in the vinyl tile. This mesh covered PVC will serve as your wick. As water enters the hole on the side of  the bucket, it will come into contact with the soil in the PVC (via the uneven bottom and holes on the sides) and will be sucked up by the soil and roots.


 3) Even out the mesh, ensuring that the PVC is visible


 4) Place the knee-hi stocking over the mesh covered PVC (not pictured) . The knee-hi will act as a safe-guard against soil erosion


 5) Place the 2 other pieces of PVC inside the container


 6) Place the vinyl tile, pvc side down, into the container.

7) Add soil, making sure to press the soil into the PVC. Make sure you are using Potting Mix, not garden soil.


 8) Continue filing with potting soil