After the Get Rich Slowly Garden Project, I've decided to keep track of how much I spend on my wee little apartment patio garden.
In March, I planted some seeds in Chinese take-out containers, adding some coffee grounds to the soil, as I've tended to do as a sort of quickie nitrogen-rich composting.
I freecycled myself some kitty litter pails for later use as planters, and, when and keeblerx and I visited alderfather, Mom, and Wyatt, I drilled the appropriate holes to use two pair of them as self-watering planters for the tomatoes. I also freecycled myself
a whole mess of seeds.
The freecycled seeds aren't doing so hot in terms of germination rate, but the ones I'd saved from a couple years ago (Roma tomatoes, jalapenos, and habanero peppers) are coming up pretty rapidly, as are the basil & parsley seeds I bought this year. I was a little worried about the habeneros, actually, as they were taking their time, but I have 5 tiny seedlings now, so I'm happy.
After thinning, I have 14 tomato seedlings, 16-ish jalapenos, and 5 habanero plants, a mess of basil and parsley, and two spaghetti squash plants, one a little more enthusiastic than the other. The tomatillas and Anaheim chilies for which eseme brought me the seeds aren't up yet, but I only planted those his past week.
I'm very excited! Now if only it would warm up...
Guesstimating $1 of electricity spent on my grow lamp for the month of March, and $3.50 on spent on seeds and $8.00 on dirt, I've spent $12.50 so far and netted nothing but entertainment.