|Fold left side to make a faux dart|
|Clip with heavy duty paper clip|
|Repeat on right side|
|The faux darts are ready|
|The finished product|
|Cover with top (shhh.. no one has to know :))|
|Viola! Wardrobe malfunction averted.|
|Neglected tomato plants|
|Back of the seed packet|
I had all the supplies for this project with the exception of the soil. I have lots of things like this that have great potential, but I never get around to using. Well no more, this year will be the year of finishing unfinished projects. I digress, back to the DIY project at hand.
|Step 1: Block drainage hole|
Step 1: Put something to block the whole at the bottom of the pot so that the soil does not spill out. I used a leaf for this purpose, a paper towel or napkin, work well too.
|Step 2: Pot your plant|
Step 2: Fill the pot halfway with soil and place your plant on top. With tomato plants, I like to plant them a little deeper so that their trunks grow thicker and are more sturdy. After this, cover the plant with soil up to the lip of the pot. You don't want to put soil all the way to the top.
Step 3 & 4: Now it's time to add the seeds. The advent of modern agriculture has resulted in monoculture planting of crops. Not so long ago (and still in some parts of the world), plants were grown together for optimal food production. For example, beans add nitrogen to soil, so when planted with other crops (like tomotoes) it results in healther and more bountiful yields. I am planting bush beans, snow peas, and spinach with my three tomato plants. Cucumbers, radishes, and carrots are going to be planted in smaller pots. Hopefully, this variety will make for an attractive arrangement. Another idea is to plant edible flowers with your veggies. This too, makes for a very attractive potted ensemble.
|Step 3: Make small holes for seeds|
|Step 4: Place Bush Bean seed|
in hole and cover
|Step 5: Planting seeds in soil|
Step 5: For the rest of the seeds, follow the instructions on the seed packet. Some seeds will be required to be planted 1/2 an inch deep and others will be deeper. Spacing requirements will also vary by veggie. Below is a picture of the cucumber seeds I planted. I like to plant these types of vine plants three at a time. This helps give plants a little more support, and if one seed doesn't germinate, you have two more for back up. Once all your planting is complete, water thoroughly. As in water should be coming out from under the pot. Watering needs will vary depending on the weather. You want to keep the soil most, not soggy.
Below is picture of the finished product. I have three pots with tomato plants with spinach, sweet pleas, and bush beans respectively. Three more pots have cucumbers (the slightly larger pot), radishes, and carrots. I'm not sure where I am going to put them in the yard yet. They might go on the patio, or maybe by the swing. That is a decision for another day (I will be sure to keep all of you updated). Right now, they will be in semi-shade until the tomato plants are a little stronger. I hope this was a helpful tutorial. Happy Father's Day Everyone! :)