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16May/102

Herb garden in a cereal box

I love gardening projects, especially the ones that calls for recycled materials! I picked up this herb garden kit from the annual  2010 NYC Grows.  The kit includes everything you need to build a beginner herb garden.  However you don't necessary need the kit to build your herb garden.  The only thing you really need to buy are the seeds, you probably have the rest of the materials in your kitchen.  Next time when you finish a box of cereal, save the box and the plastic bag and you can build your own herb garden!

Materials

1 empty cereal box (don't throw away the cereal plastic bag)
1 Parsley seeds
1 Basil seeds
4-5 cups of container soil
Tape (or glue gun)
Scissors (or razor blade)

Instructions

1. Remove the plastic cereal bag from the cereal box and set aside.

2. Use a hot glue gun (or tape) to seal both ends of the box.  If you are using glue, make sure the glue is cooled before proceeding.

3. Laying the box flat, use scissors (or razor blade) to cut the front panel of the box.  Leave a 1/2 inch edge around the box.  I didn't leave 1/2 inch edge all around so I had to tie a string around it to keep the box in its shape.

4. Cut out the center of one side of the plastic cereal bag and place it in the box as liner.

5. Pour soil into the plastic lined cereal box.

6. Plant basil and parsley seeds according to the seed packet instructions.

7. Water according to the seed instructions.  Put a tray underneath the box to catch any water that drains out.  Overtime the box will warp from watering.

8. After the seeds have developed two sets of leaves, it's time to transplant it to a larger container.

Enjoy your container herb garden made from a cereal box!

3May/104

Bathroom plants

Do you have plants that will only survive in the bathroom? Plants that love the humidity and the warmth from your showers? There's  a skylight in the bathroom and it is the brightest room in my house.  Normally I don't put plants in the bathroom but plants that love the bright daylight and humidity loves it.  So what kind of plants do you keep in your bathroom? Here's mine:

Orchid (Phalaenopsis)

Below is a popular plant but I forgot what it is called.  It has such cool behavior.  It closes up at night and opens up during the day.  Love plants that have this kind of characteristic.  This plant didn't do well in the living room and I was about to throw it out.  After I moved it to the bathroom, it took off and never stopped growing, as you can see new shoots are still coming out.

Night (left), Day (right)

29Apr/103

2010 NYC Grows report

I debated whether or not to go in the rain because walking around Manhattan with an umbrella is no fun! Since I've been waiting for this for so long, I don't want to regret it afterwards.  So I put on my blue polka dot rain boots, umbrella in my hand and hit the city! I already had plans in case the show was no good, I was going to just hang out at Max Brenner (a chocolate theme restaurant near Union Square) and go shopping afterwards.

I got there not expecting much because of last year's disappointment.  As I got closer to Union Square I saw tents and thinking that's a good sign, at least they were prepared for the rain.  I entered the show from the side and immediately saw many sponsor booths, gardening and cooking demonstrations, nicely decorated mini-gardens.  They had big sponsors like Whole Foods, Organic Valley, Toyota, and woollypocket (will talk about this later, pretty cool stuff).  I spent a couple of hours there and got a lot of goodies.

I had mixed feelings after the show.  Every year I feel like this event is driven by sponsors and those sponsors are not always gardening related.  I had a good time at the show but walking away wishing there would be more gardening related demonstrations or workshops, etc.  I still remember when Target was the sponsor, they had more gardening related activities.  Having said that, I think they did a fantastic job and if I were to pick the best booth, it would be the Organic Gardening magazine.

2010 NYC Grows

2010 NYC Grows

2010 NYC Grows

You see all the beautiful vertical garden? It's the first time I've seen such a big display of vertical garden and I have to say it's pretty impressive.  It's called the woollypockets.  I don't know if you can see in the picture above the hot chocolate, there's a small tree in the bottom 'pocket'.  I was tempted to buy one at the booth, but I thought it was too expensive and I wasn't sure if it's going to work.  I think it's great for people who live in apartments or condos who have  limited gardening space.

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