The two younger daughters and I went to Lowes to shop for plants yesterday. If I am telling the entire truth here, they only reluctantly agreed to come with me because I promised (and kept it) that we would go across the street to PetSmart after Lowes to look at a dog to adopt.
I brought home a blueberry bush, 6 strawberry plants and 10 strawberry roots, one rosemary, one cilantro, one basil and three tomato plants. I also purchased "gardening" soil, vermiculite and 4 5-gallon buckets. We did not bring home a dog... that saga will continue.
The fun began this morning... after watering each plant, I began the transplant. From this site, which I found via Pinterest, I built a tower herb garden. I used 6 diet Pepsi two liter bottles, duct tape (doesn't every project from Podunk need duct tape) and an exact-o knife.
I'm a little concerned about it tipping over with the wind here, but so far so good.
I am also wondering if the rosemary will get enough water. I've poured quite a bit in the top, and so far nothing has made it to the overflow at the bottom.
My second completed project was to plant the strawberries in a Topy Turvy strawberry planter I bought last year on clearance for $1.00. I figured it was worth $1.00 to try it. If it works, I can make some more.
I ended up not having enough plants, because reading how many it would hold BEFORE going to Lowes yesterday would have resembled planning, and we simply can not have that! Daughter #3 thought I was putting too many plants in it anyway.
The blueberry plant got planted in a large pot I have so it can be a container garden blueberry. If I were to plant it somewhere "permanent" I am sure the deer here would eat it before I get the chance to kill it. This one's all mine! I didn't take any pictures...it just looks like a stick at the moment. If I get leaves, I will take a picture, if it doesn't I will return it to Lowes for a refund!
The tomatoes will have to wait until tomorrow. I ran out of soil (more lack of planning). They are going in the 5 gallon buckets, in a system called global buckets, I found here. Two teenage boys came up with this, so maybe, just maybe, I can get at least one tomato before I kill the plants. I am also going to try a pepper plant this way. Lowes did not have any pepper plants yet (lucky peppers).
I will, of course, be bringing these plants into the sun room every night, until the nights are warm enough, but like I said, I have the gardening bug!