Unfortunately, Season 5 of Game of Thrones won't be aired until sometime in Spring next year, however the real winter is actually coming and I am definitely behind in my fall planting.
Earlier this year, I had high hopes for my various horticulture pursuits and endeavors. And then my professional life got in the way and then, well let's just say things didn't go as planned. But I still ended up with lots and lots of seeds.
Timing is Everything
Except when it's not.
Certainly there are the constraints of weather when planting outside. And then there are space and lighting considerations when growing indoors. And of course, given our state of flux in regards to where we will be living in the next few months, I should think about maybe not getting started with too many seedlings and plants since I don't know what my next indoor situation will be.
But then again, I can't wait indefinitely to plant. Seeds actual do have a shelf life and their freshness definitely effects germination rates.
The Challenges of an Urban Farmer
For starters, not having a farm or in my case even a backyard. One must be creative, if one's need to work the earth is to be satisfied.
Earlier I started working the land at a friends property. But its a drive and I have been out of town so much. And...
Still I did manage to get a couple of beds planted as well as getting one of the shitake logs to sprout. I had to give it a bath first. Seriously....
We actual harvested the shrooms on our way down to New Orleans and made a meal of them down there.
Keeping track of what got planted where as well as when, can be it's own challenge. I suppose there's probably an app for it, or I could keep a journal or...well I usually use of combination of methods, which does indeed include this blog.
A little bit of this, a little bit of that and one way or another I'll figure it out someday.
I already purchased one planter to hang off our balcony. Only to have to return it to Lowe's because it didn't fit the railing.
So I searched all over Home Depot for one more suited for our balcony.
So after tinkering with it and realizing that to do a proper custom job I would have to get more supplies from a hardware store, I pulled out the baling wire and jerry-rigged it that way.
Yes, another television reference. If you've seen the show, you may have then made the Dr. Frankenstein link. My being a sort of green thumbed version of the legendary character, tinkering with plants in ways that are unnatural.
I am hoping to get many seedling started in my little DIY seed germination tower. Among them several exotic plants that I plan to keep indoors as well as a few trees that I hope to create into bonsais. And then there of course some transplants that I still don't know where they'll end up.
I've also had to start experiment with preparing some by planning Mother Nature and giving them a little winter wake up.
I must get back to the worm farms, hugelkulturs and a variety of polycultures