Andrea (andreags) wrote,

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EPIC Self-Sufficiency Photo Post

So, finally took a bunch of photos of my projects and got around to posting.

I'm growing seedlings right now for spring/summer. What I have planted: eggplant, zucchini, carrots, bok choy, watermelon, bell peppers, four varieties of tomatoes, butternut squash, crookneck squash, beans, corn, and spinach. I think that's it =)

I've set up my seedlings by the window so they can get plenty of light. They have plastic covers to contain the moisture and create a greenhouse effect.


I love watching them peep up!

These ones are so scraggly.

Huh. Not sure if I thought these through. They're growing really fast. This is day 2 or 3 after they've popped up.

These were my first plantings. See, they're getting their second leaves!

My rows and rows of tomatoes. I planted 2-3 to a cell, and they all ended up coming up. Oh well. I'm going to give some to my mom, maybe some to a couple friends. You can see the bell pepper popping up in the front.

These look pretty much the same as the crookneck. They have such comically large leaves compared to the carrots though. Yep, a couple seeds stuck to my fingers and made their way into the zucchini cells. Whoops. Those things are small as dirt though.

There's a lot more lettuce now, especially after the rain. We've also eaten almost all of the chinese cabbage now. You get the idea =)

This was when the broccoli was just starting to come out. We've already eaten some. It was delicious!

Didn't dust this plant enough, so it got eaten a lot by those little bugs. We also didn't know what we were doing and didn't time the harvest right either, so now it's going to seed. Oh well, maybe I'll get some seeds for next year! And the other cauliflower plants have yet to grow...whatever that thing is called that you eat.

OMG what is that mysterious glowing thing? It's like an alien spaceship.

From the top-down.

Peeking on the inside. Ah, an incubator! It needs a bit of tweaking. I want to pull the fan away from the wall, and the thermostat. Also going to put down that rubber kitchen shelf lining so no chicks fall through the cracks. Also mentally devised something to turn the eggs from the outside, so I have to build that too.

I'm going to probably build the enclosure from scratch, so maybe I'll post designs of that later. I'm still debating between a wire bottom (recommended by most breeders for sanitation reasons) and putting wood shavings for the bottom. I can't imagine a wire bottom being that comfortable, but it keeps their feet and eggs out of the droppings. I think the wood shavings are more attractive, but don't know how convenient it is for cleaning, etc. We shall see.

And there you have it!

Now it's time for me to get back to work =)
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