Friday, March 28, 2014

Bright Yellow Beauties

Spring is dragging it's feet to get here. The weather was 60 degrees the other day then whammo, 25F and freezing again! What the deuce? To cheer myself up I bought some daffodils, which is one of my favorites.
It instantly brings a smile to my face. These stems bloomed in one day! Yeah, it might be 40 degrees outside, but with bright yellow beauties like these... who cares!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

My Favorite Trick

This little trick seriously never gets old with me. Whenever I buy scallions from the supermarket, I re-grow them at least once. Re-growing scallions is so easy. I've done it in soil here and here. I usually can only get it to re-grow properly for me once in water, but if you plant these, you can cut off the tops and have them continue to regrow throughout season. If you have kids, it's a fun experiment for them to try. I have to try to regrow ginger one day, I heard that is pretty fun and easy too!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

My First Aquaponics Harvest!

It's been over a week since we set up the Back to the Roots Aquafarm. Despite not having a grow light, the seedlings were doing so well. This past Thursday we harvested the wheat grass! Look at that! How amazing huh? The plants are so loving the nutrients that Simon the betta fish has been producing, and Simon seems to be happy too! I've been thinking about adding a grow light to the setup for the lettuce and basil to really take off. Since this tank is indoors, the only light it's really getting is the overhead fluorescents. I wonder what I should grow next. Maybe some chives? Ooooh. excited!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Win a $25 gift certificate towards a class at the New York Botanical Garden!

For those who read my blog, you know I love to take gardening classes.

The New York Botanical Garden has some exciting new gardening classes for spring starting in March! There are great eco-friendly gardening topics such as sustainable pest control, soil basics, planting pollinator-friendly plants in the garden, and container gardening.

Even though I've been gardening for the last 6 years, I still consider myself a "novice". There is always something to learn! For example, I have a tendency to kill my orchids. Here's a prime example.  Every year I buy orchids only to have them end up like this every time, without leaves, dry roots, and sad looking. Maybe I should take their Orchid Growing 101 class or Troubleshooting for Orchids. I need some expert advice! Don't you think?
There are also some cool gardening classes like Raised Bed Gardening, Vegetable Gardening,  or how about learning how to raise your own backyard chickens?! I've always wanted to raise chickens! And if you live in a small apartment, there are also classes like Container Gardening or Super Small Space Gardening where classes are held in Midtown Manhattan. They offer so many classes, browse beginner and introductory certificate classes here:
And here's something super cool. The New York Botanical Garden reached out to me to offer one of you a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to use towards any class at the New York Botanical Garden. All you have to do to be entered to win is to "Like" the NYBG Adult Education Facebook page And then leave a comment for me below to let me know that you liked their page, and you'll be entered! The winner will be picked at random using the generator on Enter by 11:59pm PST, Monday, March 3rd, 2014. Enter now, and GOOD LUCK!
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