Welcome to my blog of all my crafting adventures! You can become a fan of my Facebook page by clicking on the icon on the right. If you are local to College Station, TX and are interested in purchasing any of my items I sell at the Farmer's Market, please email lisa@lilyandoak.com.

My new website is up and running! You'll find it at www.lilyandoak.com. All of my Scent Melts and warmers are listed. I am working on pendants and magnet sets next. If what you want is not there yet, let me know what you'll looking for and I'll get it set up next.

Places I'll be selling:

February 19th--Brazos Valley Farmers Market in Bryan 8:00AM to Noon--Looks like it might rain, so I might stay home. :)

February 26th--Brazos Valley Farmers Market in Bryan 8:00AM to Noon

You can always contact me to view my products at my home in College Station.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Kitchen Greenhouse

Not exactly a craft, but definitely an art--which I'm still trying to get figured out...

It's seed-starting time and this year I'm excited about my indoor setup. Last year, my seedlings were tucked away on a table in the corner of my bedroom with a few UV lights and they got a little neglected. I also tried to skimp and had bought cheap soil. Not sure how much of a roll that played in the demise of dozens of tomato seedlings, but I decided not to take any chances. This year, I purchased a huge bag of good potting soil and planted four flats of seeds--that's 144 seedlings. :) Some are landscaping plants, some are vegetables. We plan to actually put some effort into landscaping our front yard this year and I'll grow as many vegetable plants as I have room for in the back. The remaining plants will go with me to the Farmers Market where they will hopefully find some good homes.

In order to give my indoor starts adequate lighting, I have used work lamps with cool spectrum UV bulbs. This year, since I had so many flats, I either needed more work lamps, or something more heavy duty. I ended up going for an actual flourescent light fixture that uses 4 foot T4 bulbs. My husband built me a great stand to hang it from and now I've got a nice lighting setup for my indoor greenhouse. I still use the work lamps to sort of "spotlight" a few areas. Ideally, I would hang a second light fixture next to the first--maybe next season.

For anyone wanting to start seedlings indoors, I buy the florescent bulbs that are labeled as "cool." I think some call them "daylight." The important part is you want one that is 6700K. This is a blue light which promotes plant growth. A lower number is a warmer light, which promotes flowering and fruiting. I was able to get my light fixture and two bulbs for $20 at Walmart.

My kids helped me plant the seeds--which was a little chaotic at times when my two-year-old wanted to help, but I am glad they are learning at a young age the love of gardening. My husband and I both grew up with parents who gardened so we never really discuss if we should garden, just where we should try to squeeze it in. It is also fun to use this as a teaching opportunity to discuss with my kids the needs of plants. Lately, most of our discussions are all about not over watering. :)

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