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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Gardening shortcuts - My Earthbox experiment

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tomato & basil

Ever since I saw an Earthbox advertisement showing 8-10 foot plants growing out of control, I have been dying to try it out! Wouldn't it be nice to plant your veggies and have them magically grow to produce a big harvest without having to do a lot of hard work? (Well of course that would be grand).


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one of the heirlooms


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sugar snap peas

My vegetable gardening usually involves lots of weeding in 90+ degree weather, and my neatly planted rows eventually turn into a jungle.

So...could this gardening container be the ticket to my success? (ha ha). This year I finally purchased five boxes and transplanted my seedlings as well as store bought vegetables. So far I have planted 3 kinds of heirloom tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, cilantro, green pepper, basil, parsley, sugar snap peas, and yellow squash.

I am happy to say that so far the plants look good. I went away for a weekend and when I came back it seemed like the plants had doubled in size. Maybe their roots finally touched the fertilizer...


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parsley

Sunday, March 13, 2011

View near Cathedral Cove, NZ

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This picture was taken on the way to Cathedral's Cove (from our trip to NZ last year). I didn't do much research about how you get to some of the beaches...so most of the time we were hiking all over the creation just to get to the beach!! (some of which happened to be very secluded and off a very long well-beaten trail path). But then once we got there, it was so beautiful that you couldn't complain.

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