January Gardening

In recent years, I’ve gotten into gardening.  It’s a lot harder than one might think as it takes months of planning, preparation, planting, and growing.  So if you’re planting a garden because you think it will be easy, guess again.  Every month I will be listing gardening tips and a recommended gardening timeline for when certain gardening tasks need to be done.  Keep in mind that I said recommended, some people have done gardening for years and years and don’t need to do much planning because they already know the ins and outs of gardening.

Bio-Dome and Fertilizer

January – Depending on what you want to plant, planning for your garden may begin in January.  If you’re wanting to plant flowers, tomatoes, peppers, onions, cantaloupe, watermelon, broccoli, and cauliflower by seed you’ll want to start your planning in January.  If you don’t want to plant these things by seed, you can skip to March.

To plant flowers, tomatoes, peppers, onions, cantaloupe, watermelon, broccoli, and cauliflower by seed you’ll want to start growing them indoors before the true gardening season starts.  In the past, I’ve been able to get a head start on gardening by using a Bio Dome Seed Starter from Parkseed or something comparable to it.  For the Bio Dome Seed Starter all you need to do is drop 1-2 seeds (I usually do two just incase one does not want to germinate) in the hole of the cells.  There is already holes in the cells when you get them so it makes planting extremely easy.  Once planted add water and fertilizer to the dome.  Note that there are different sizes of cells.  You’ll want bigger cells for the tomatoes, peppers, cantaloupe, watermelon, broccoli and cauliflower and smaller cells for the flowers and onions.  After the cells have been watered and fertilized, put the cover on and let the seeds bask in a place with good sunlight indoors.  Keep the cells full of moisture by checking the domes a couple times a week to make sure they still have water in them. Tip: I pre-make some water and fertilizer mixture in an old milk jug then pour it into the dome as needed.  Once the seeds have germinated and have outgrown the cover, take it off and let them continue to grow.  After you’ve taken the cover off, as long as you continue to water there isn’t anything else to do until the plants are ready to be transplanted outside.

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