Tag Archives: potting soil

New to the Family

16 Apr

June-bearing Strawberries

Today I had to return to Paulino Gardens for more potting soil. Last year I had an infestation of white jumping lice and this year most of my big pots still have it. How could they have survived the winter? I put the soil aside and am not using it, until I figure out if I can get rid of the lice. I wonder if the tobacco tea would work. (Any ideas would be greatly welcomed!) This means more soil to buy. If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that there’s no skimping on price on soil. It literally is a life or death situation for the plants.

I buy Espoma Organic Seed Starter Soil for the tender seeds, and EKKO Organic Potting Soil for the established plants. It’s wonderful soil!

While shopping for soil, I couldn’t stop myself from wandering to the plant section. I ended up buying a Plectranthus tomentosa, or Vicks Plant, a Strawberry plant, and Edamame seeds. I’m very excited about all three. If you have a kid that spends any time with other kids, daycare especially, you know how important it is to have Vicks Vapor-Rub around. I’m looking forward to making my own homemade version using the natural plant.

Plectranthus tomentosa, (Vicks Plant) It's leaves are gorgeous!

Said kid also adores strawberries, so what better fruit plant to have?

Edamames are so versatile, fruitful, and don’t require a lot of space. I bought the “Envy” variety, which grows to about three feet tall, and is a short season crop with only 75 days to harvest.  I’m looking forward to making my own tofu!

Edamames "Envy" variety. Before sowing, soak for 24 hours.

Oh, this Spring is beautiful! After a frosty, windy, chilly day yesterday, today it’s back to the 60s! Can’t wait to head out to the garden!

%d bloggers like this: