Monday, January 18, 2010

Frost Hardy Living Salad Bowl Gardens $5

Now on sale at half price, these organically grown "Living Salad Bowls Gardens" came through the freeze unfazed, and thus are perfect for someone gardening in limited space on a sunny patio or balcony, or who lost their gardens to the freeze.

Each pot is filled with homemade compost and garden soil fertilized by free range chickens and homemade fish fertilizer, and will grow best if set into a drainage tray that can hold an inch of water to keep the fertile soil nice and moist. Some are planted with arugula, the rest with mixed greens that can be eaten raw in salads or added to stir fry, soups, salads and casseroles. I overplanted each pot with too many seeds so that people can slowly thin them down to 3-5 plants per pot by pulling, rinsing and eating the seedlings. Snip the lower leaves from those remaining 3-5 plants for easily 3 months of weekly harvests.

If you wish, in 6 weeks, feed each pot 1 gallon of water that has 3 tablespoons of fish emulsion mixed in to assure strong growth right up until they succumb to the return of heat this spring. Each pot has been pre-treated with the organic bacterial caterpillar killer Dipel (Bacillus thuringiensis) to protect them from the spring return of the Cabbage Looper caterpillar. I have 8 of these available, with three on the sales table today. They are now just $5 each and could make great gifts for frustrated apartment and condo gardeners. They are on a glass table near my front porch: just use my honor system slip your payment through the slot in my red office door.

My address is: 3212 West Paxton Avenue Tampa 33611, about 6 blocks south of Gandy and 1 1/2 blocks west of MacDill, jungly yard on the south side, giant yellow home across the street. Thanks in advance and Happy Gardening! John Starnes

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