Since we have set-up the Plant Lab I have been focused on growing the plants that will feed my customers for my small CSA I'm running this year - but I also wanted to test out Microgreens & see how well they would grow under the Total Grow Broad Spectrum LED lights we have.
A little over one month into our seeds' journeys & you can see that they have all taken very different paths on their journey from seed to CSA.
So often in life we feel as though things are out of our control because we aren't in a position of "power". But true power is never attained - it is earned; it is something that exists within your soul already. You exercise this power by taking risks; taking calculated leaps of faith & fighting for your mission.
Pruning your Raspberry & Blackberry bushes is an essential & necessary task that you should complete in late winter to ensure the health of your plants, promote growth, and to optimize fruit production. You want to wait until late winter to prune your plants because the canes actually provide carbohydrates to the root system of the plants, helping the plants to better survive the harsh winter.
Last year was the first time that I was able to grow from seed to harvest & I credit my success to my "Plant Lab". The Plant Lab is located in a closet in the unoccupied bedroom on the 2nd story of my house. When I purchased the house, my first thought after seeing the empty closet racks was to turn it into a vertical growing system - and after I bought the house that is exactly what happened!
Orchids are a perfect plant for your home or office because they don't need a lot of light, water, or nutrients - just someone who knows how to deal with their delicate nature! Okay, so orchids aren't that delicate, but you have to know a few things about these unusual & beautiful epiphytes! What is an Epiphyte? Epiphytes are plants that grow on other plants, but they are not parasitic. Plants in this group include air plants & orchids as well as some ferns and bromeliads.
The first thing you may want to do is check out "How to Prune Orchids" to make sure your plant is ready to be repotted. You can repot your orchids if they have flowers on them, but there is a greater chance of damaging those flowers or stressing the plant out. A lot of orchids are potted in clear pots, so that makes it much easier to see when they need repotted. So when do orchids need repotted?
Now that your Orchids have dropped their flowers, you're probably wondering, "what did I do wrong?" This is a natural step in the growing process. The better question to ask is, "what am I supposed to do with this thing now?" Once your Orchid has dropped its flowers, you have 3 options:
Whenever I talk about grow lights, I always get a sideways glance, a suspicious look, or a playful joke - trust me, if I was growing "smelly tomatoes" I definitely wouldn't be talking about it!