Every Bloomin’ Thing.

31 03 2012

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Kids lining up for "Very Very Strawberry"

This post goes out to the fine folks at Every Bloomin’ Thing (EBT) in Susanville, CA.  They had a class for the kids today all about Strawberry’s, their benefits, and how to care for them.  It was just the thing needed to get the kids outside on a super snowy Saturday here in Northern California.  It’s a good day when you come away from your kiddos class learning something new too!  Apparently, strawberries contain more Vitamin C than oranges!  Who would have thought?

The staff at EBT was fantastic. They were genuinely interested in helping the kids learn about strawberries, and how to care for them.  The cost was only $5.00 to participate, but every kid came away with a new terra cotta pot, 3 strawberry plants, and personally decorated plant i.d. tag.

To top off the day, a big bowl of melted chocolate was brought out with all of the big strawberries you could eat, and everyone got to dip strawberries in chocolate!

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Another satisfied customer putting on the finishing touches...





It’s Almost Time…

24 03 2012

It’s almost that time of year again when gardeners all around the US will begin getting their hands dirty, and bringing to life things that would otherwise cost a FORTUNE in the grocery store.  I personally love the fresh salsa that my garden provides.  I am also a huge melon fan, and this year, I’m going to attempt to grow both Cantaloupe and Watermelon.  We’ll see…

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I’m going to start both of them from seed.  In Northern California,  grow light is almost a must if you plan on harvesting anything you grow.  Every seed packet you get says to start 4 to 5 weeks before the danger of last indoors.  I bought Jiffy Seed Starting Mix this year as opposed to the little pods that come in the plastic green houses.  I have a bunch of plastic trays from last year that I would like to re-use.  I disinfected the trays with one part bleach to 10 parts water.  Rinsed well and let dry.  You can see at left what I started out with.  My tray, seed starting mix, Popsicle sticks (for labeling), and last but not least, my seeds.  I just followed the directions on the back of the package and… Viola!  The pic below is what I ended up with.

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I am a big fan of Park Seed Co. and flipping through their catalog, I saw a grow shelf that they are selling for about $300.00.  That’s a little rich for my blood, although it looks real nice with adjustable height lights, and nice sturdy shelves to set starting trays on. Because I consider myself a semi-handy guy, I decided to make my own.  I have a couple of old plastic shelving units in the rafters of my garage that will serve the purpose, and I purchased two grow lights from the Mart last year.  I will make the lights “adjustable” by using regular garden twine, and tying them to the shelves allowing enough length for brand new seedlings, and then pulling up the lights as the babies grow.  It’s still a little cold for using the shelves in the garage, so I think I’ll start the seeds in my laundry room on top of the dryer.

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Well, we’ll see how this all works out.  I’ll post more later when I set up the plastic shelves with the grow lights.  Until then stay tuned for some new photography stuff.  I’m going to a three day training on Crime Scene and Forensic Photography for my job.  I know,  I know.  But, things I Iearn there, will more than apply to off duty photography!  Until then… Stay safe!

Jerry