personisx-deactivated20120909 asked: I have a very modest indoor garden which involves the use of a lamp. The lamp has a special bulb in it which allows it to project light similar to that of the sun (and nearly bright enough to pass off as the sun too!). At the moment, the lamp is left on, all day every day. Even though the plants do not seem to be suffering, my question is whether or not they would benefit from the lamp being off during certain periods of the day/night. At the moment, I am growing:
A "spider plant"
An unknown type of cactus (from a cutling)
and a bizarre rock that has plants (unidentified) out of a hole drilled in it.
I do understand that I have a fair amount of unidentified plants, however you must understand that they were acquired when I gardened casually (ie when I remembered to water the plants). Now that I'm into gardening as a serious hobby I'm much more careful in my selection of plants.
Please understand that I am just a beginner and that I am probably doing something wrong or making a mistake!
I have never used lightbulbs, although with the recent rains that lasted over 40 days practically without sun I’m considering buying some. From my understanding 14 to 18 hours is the norm depending on the intensity.
Anonymous asked: Since when did you start growing things?
What's the most you've enjoyed grwoing? And the least?
Besides mold in my refrigerator?? LOL! I started about a month and a half ago. My cherry tomatoes bring me the most joy. Broccoli has been hard to sprout, so I would say the least.
After I saw my first cherry tomatoes give fruit, I just could not help myself. I guess it might have to do with the fact that I take things a bit to the extreme. Well, nonetheless it is a great challenge and I am doing it with very little expense. As a matter of fact, my latest challenge has been to dry my own seeds and plant in recycled containers. I’ll blog about that later on, since I still have many plants to show you. Ahhh… and yes, I’m doing this all in containers. So if you live in a small apartment you have absolutely no excuse to grow at least some fresh herbs and spices! My starter plants cost 1.00 each. Eventually I went ahead and got soil and bigger .89 cent pots. I got 20/20 fertilizer and some seeds and that was basically it. I’m so exited about watching how they grow that I make sure they have enough water and sun every day.
Basil is a wonderful herb to grow. It is easy to manage and its benefits are probably more than we expect it to be. Basil comes in several varieties as well as hybrids. I have a seedling of cinnamon basil that just sprouted in this first picture. I have all my basil’s outdoors but it can actually be grown indoors. It definitely likes a lot of water. At one point they wilted but quickly recovered as soon as I watered them. It does like the sun, but with mine I try to have them so they get morning and evening sun.
This is sweet basil. Great for Italian foods.
This is a ruffled purple variety with some strong flavor.
Recently, there has been much research into the health benefits conferred by the essential oils found in basil. Scientific studies have established that compounds in basil oil have potent , anticancer, antimicrobial and antiviral properties.Basil and oregano contain large amounts of (E)-beta-caryophyllene (BCP), which might have a use in treating inflammatory bowel diseases and arthritis.
I love to go to my little garden and cut fresh basil to cook with. The aroma and the flavor are best when used fresh.
Oregano is one of those extremely aromatic and flavor infused herbs that make Mediterranean and Hispanic foods exude wholesome goodness. It of the mint family and closely related to marjoram. These are my oregano seedlings.
I bought these other ones below as plants. There are two kinds. The smaller kind, or regular oregano and the thicker leafed one that is much bigger and apparently of a different genus altogether.
After waiting for what I thought were regular sized tomatoes, I got a surprise when they turned red at about 2 inches. I was disappointed at first, but after trying them realized they were excellent.
I did start some beef tomato seedlings so that I will have both. Nothing compares to eating something you have grown yourself! Tomatoes are a breeze.. all you need is lots of water and sun. I bought my first ones as small plants which is what I recommend for beginners like me.