Off season, when I can't grow my own veggies, I have to buy them at the grocery store. When plucking my own produce, I tend to pick vegetables like cucumbers, beans, peas and squash in half-grown stages because they taste better this way. Keep in mind, when buying from the store, you are paying by the pound. Why is this so significant? Because you're paying the same price whether you buy one big honking zucchini or several, smaller zucchini that will actually taste much better. I know which one I'd choose! Plus, with the smaller ones, you're wasting less as the seeds will be smaller.
I take a lot of vitamins and minerals. When the bottle is empty, I fill it with water, give it a good shake and use it to water my plants. I figure, hey, if it's good for me, it's good for the plants. And if my plants start wilting and turning brown....then maybe I'll go ahead and switch companies! All I can say? My coffee plant is thriving since I started fertilizing it with my minerals. It's never looked better.
I know I said this yesterday, but it's worth repeating. Paperwhites are for the indoor gardener. Or that person who just can't wait for Spring. Stagger your planting, as in, plant one or two bulbs once a week and enjoy fresh, flowering blooms until Spring arrives! No need to splurge big bucks at the florist or even be tempted to purchase those pricy blooming bulbs at the grocery store. Grow your own in small pots or vases. Post coming soon! [As a side note: see the pine cones to the right, don't they look great?!) Pine cones makes awesome decor indoors!!
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