Posted in Gardening, Home DIY

How to Easily Germinate a Seed

One of the ways you can create a new plant is through planting seeds. However, you may have found that many seeds are unsuccessful when just planted in soil and watered. My husband has a easy technique for germinating seeds indoors before planting outdoors.

This example is done with a pea seed, but you could do it with any seed you have on hand, even ones that come from fruits or veggies you have on hand. The bigger the seed, the easier it is. (Herbs, such as oregano would be difficult to sprout using this method).

Here is goes:

  1. Gather supplies: seeds, paper towel, tupperware container or ziplock bag, and water.IMG_20190123_140151615.jpg
  2. Select how many you want to germinate.IMG_20190123_140213202.jpg
  3. Fold paper towel in half, then in half again.15482906966101663797712896499798.jpg
  4. Wet your paper towel, not to the point where it is soaking, but thoroughly damp.IMG_20190123_140603524.jpg
  5. Open your paper towel halfway, and put the seeds inside, making sure the seeds aren’t touching each other.IMG_20190123_140625981.jpg
  6. Close the paper towel and place inside of container or ziplock bag.IMG_20190123_140644965.jpg
  7. Place the lid on the container.IMG_20190123_140651888.jpg
  8. Keep in a warm dark place in your home.
  9. Check the seeds after 48 hours. If they have not sprouted, check it daily. It usually takes around 3-4 days to germinate
  10. You can then plant your sprouted seeds in your garden!
Posted in Gardening

DIY Pineapple Plantation

Where we live in Florida, before the area was developed, our town used to be a pineapple plantation. Which means, pineapples are perfect to grow here in Florida!

They are hardy, and great for beginner gardeners. The catch.. it does take at least a year to grow a mature pineapple, and can take up to 2 1/2 years (more on how to bloom the pineapples in another post). It’s worth the wait! Although smaller than a store bought pineapple, home grown ones are sweet and delicious. Ours are gone in a matter of minutes.

It’s easy to start a pineapple plant yourself, from one that you have bought at the store. When you go to cut it up, save the top, so that you can plant your own plant for your home garden.

We have a video on you tube to show you how to prepare the pineapple for planting if you prefer to watch if you prefer https://youtu.be/BwtIJyyBbAo

Otherwise, here is how to prepare your top for the garden:

  • First, remove all the fleshy, fruit part of the pineapple.

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  • Next, remove the leaves from the bottom 1″ of the pineapple top

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  • Place the pineapple in a container with water. Make sure the container is NOT clear. Roots do not like clear containers.

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  • Replace the water once a week. After 3-4 weeks the roots will grow out and you can plant in a pot or in the garden!

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Do this to every pineapple you have and you’ll end up with a plantation like ours 🙂

**Update 3/26/2019 here our some of our growing pineapples