Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Re-potting Future Food

Sometimes, I do believe there is more fun in container gardening...
and this past week I got busy with re-potting some seedlings that outgrew their pots

because we have dense soil here...
I usually add sand to the dirt that will be used for the re-potting
this will give the seedling roots looser soil for growing

and with the good composting the chickens have been doing in their coop...

there is wonderfully rich soil ready to give plenty nutrients to my young plants

I take the shovel and turn over the newer grass cuttings to get the soil underneath...
from older cuttings and chicken manure that turned into food for the last 3 months... 
and has been waiting for just this job of rejuvenating my seedlings

with the composted chicken coop manure, sand and dense volcanic soil...
my re-potted plants should be quite happy to grow into future food for the new farm

this little soursop seedling below (minus the weeds) should start smiling in it's new pot

two seedlings are sharing this pot below and need to be taken out carefully

once I have them out, the two soursop plants are divided and the weeds pulled out
and that is a pretty bushy weed that was taking over the soursop pot

sometimes, the ants like to make their homes in the soil of my potted plants...
and that usually happens if I put the pot directly on the ground
those ants can do some real damage to the plant roots that way

so, I put a few rocks on the ground...

then, put the pot on top of the rocks
I don't know why, but, it has worked quite well for me
the ants don't go live in my pots and that makes me smile

the plant below is a new ginger root growing for the new farm...
and it sure needed some nice loose soil to grow the rhizomes properly
this ginger will go into a much bigger pot once we get it moved to my new herb garden 

and I would say my newly re-potted soursop definitely look better already

of course, because soursop trees grow very large and tall...
these will be replanted into the ground in the next few months

in the back of the cottage...
I have a black barrel that catches rain water from the gutter above it
this is the water I use to wet my container plants with

the vine you see behind the barrel is a black pepper (aka peppercorn) vine
it is about 3 years old and was a lot bigger until I had to cut it back...
because it had gotten to the point where it was more like a jungle anymore

I am still waiting for it to fruit
we will take a few cuttings from it for the new farm

in the past, I would found a frog and a lizard in my water barrel...
and because I don't like for creatures to unnecessarily meet with drowning...
I put the screen on top and used clothespins to hold it down
so far, it does a good job with keeping out the little creatures

after I did my garden duties...
I had to take a peek at Ms. Ruthie Moo Moo
she is such a lovely, gentle cow who gives us milk I so enjoy...
it's a wonder we ever did without her before she came into our lives
the Lord has been gracious to bless us with her

and of course, she does love her treats
she's never passed up on one of her favorites, bananas
she highly deserves them

come on over, Ms. Moo Moo
I've brought bananas just for you

I planted, Apollos watered,
but God gave the growth.
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything,
but only God who gives the growth.
1 Corinthians 3:6,7

May your day or night grow in God's grace.


  1. They look great potted up. I've been spending a lot of time in the nursery doing just what you're doing. I've started adding well-rotted mulch to my potting mix lately. I think it will help add good fungi plus hold in some moisture.

  2. So glad that you are taking so many of your plants with you, Watching for new photos of the homestead!
    I wish I could have a glass of fresh cow's milk...yummy

  3. I love Ms. Ruthie Moo Moo ~ She's a sweetheart and what a treat to get fresh milk also, something I've never had.

    It's nice that you are taking rooted cuttings to the new farm. I look forward to seeing pictures of it. The photo at the bottom of your blog page is just wonderful and I'm sure your new place will be lovely and lush.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady