2013 Garden Journal: the last entry of the year - self watering grow box

A garden journal entry in the middle of winter? Yes, of course... you see I just can not help my self. I love to garden, and I love fresh veggies and fruits. And I really don't like spending extra money at the local super market for salad greens...  so winter can sometimes be a real challenge for me. But not this year - because I have hope!

Meet my self watering grow box: it's not pretty, but its functional.

Actually I have two of them, and because we had the totes already the only purchase I had to make for the container itself was about four bucks worth of supplies. Everything else was lying around the house free for my taking. The filler would have been from my compost pile and worm bin, however I was a little slow on the up take and my weather turned to frozen rather quick. Therefore I did have to purchase organic soil as well, but really it was not that much.

I also made a light hut for the top to insure that the seedlings would have enough warmth and light to grow, this idea was inspired by the son of a dear friend, whom gave me a string bean about two weeks ago from his light hut... that green bean created my desire for a self watering heat hut for salad greens. Not to far from the kitchen table.

The above photo shows the original light I had used for my new endeavor... but trust me when I say DO NOT use this style of light. Instead use a 14 watt spiral light just like the young man said... because duck tape melts and your seedlings will fry. Trust me on this. It could have been pretty bad if I did not already have a healthy fear of electricity.

What you can't see real well in the photo, is the hard plastic socket protector made from a yogurt container, this help's the socket to stay put. You can see it a little in the top corner photo. And I am sorry I do not have plans or how to's as this was thrown together from memory and an online search for self containing grow containers. I am such a visual person so I winged it...

{Later I found out his idea came from his Botany home school curriculum ~ I love Apologia!}

Before planting my indoor garden I harvested my worm castings to add to my organic soil...

That was fun. Kinda gross. But fun.

 I just kept telling myself what lovely salad greens we will have in about a month.

Which will be when I hope to share my update on this, and start a new garden journal. Until then happy growing from my little corner of the urban agrarian lifestyle.

~ Blessings!

Shared with the: Homestead Barn Hop 

{Family Herbalist} my wellness philosophy revisited

I created my first wellness philosophy almost a year ago to the day. And now that I have spent a year in this healthier direction and have formally begun my Family Herbalist class, I have a chance to re-read and review what I had formulated a year ago.

Below you can find my updated version for project one, end of unit one:
A philosophy for wellness, for myself and for my family, primarily involves the Word of God. Using the entire bible to learn and grow towards better, biblical health. We believe that our Creator has given us words to live by, that help us to have a better understanding of things such as sustainable agriculture and natural medicine.

I also believe that with the practical application of biblical health laws, we were given ways to combat many microbial concerns that may lead to sickness. Such as the principle to wash ones self after an unclean act, thus giving some solid support for the germ theory in regards to the passing on of illness via the physical exchange of pathogens.
The terrain theory is also effected by biblical law, because when we eat those things that are not considered clean food items, we effect our terrains in a negative manner. This can also apply to the ingestion of genetically modified organisms, which taken literally, should not be considered as good food choices for us and once again we are finding that the Scriptures validate our science.
As a family, we also believe it is important to carefully consider the negative effects of various emotions and the role they have on our health. Issues such as anger, fear and bitterness, have been known to physically manifest themselves as an illness within our bodies. Again, our Creator addresses this concern in His Word and we see that He has not left us without knowledge.
But I also think it is important to mention that while I believe we need to be responsible, and accountable for our health as much as possible. We must not forget that the fall of man has truly effected our wellness, for by this sin and death enter the world.

I think it's pretty much the same point, just a little more concise. Anyway ~ I am very thankful to have the opportunity to take this course and my hope is to make the most of it for my family's sake.
~ Blessings!
Next Unit:  Macronutrients
*Please note that my posts are editorial in nature and are not meant to treat or diagnose any illness. Please practice personal health safety. I am currently enrolled in the course from Vintage Remedies called Family Herbalist by Jessie Hawkins, so please feel free to head over there if you are interested. ~ Blessings!