First you’ll need to measure about a cup of lentils and inspect them for stones. Then rinse them really well in cool water and place them in a large bowl of water to soak overnight 8-12 hours. The next morning. You can strain out the excess water, rinse and strain again and then transfer the seeds into a large jar, filling it no more than 1/3 of the way with seeds so that there’s adequate space for growth.
Now, cover the opening of the jar with some cheesecloth and hold it in place with a snug rubber band. For the next few days all you’ll have to do is rinse the seeds with fresh water by filling the jar and draining through the cheesecloth twice a day. If you start to notice any slime, just give a few extra rinses and get it all out.
Keep giving them the fresh rinses + draining for 4-5 days. Once that green leaf pokes out and starts to unfold, they’re ready to harvest. You can use this process to sprout many other seeds and beans (alfalfa, clover, mung, garbanzo, lentil, sunflower).
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If you want fruit, you'll have to keep it in a sunny location. Otherwise, the pineapple will develop long slender leaves but will not fruit.
One 6-foot-long 4-by-4
Six 8-foot-long 2-by-6s
One 10-foot-long 1-inch PVC pipe
Two 10-foot-long ½-inch PVC pipes
32 3½-inch #14 wood screws and 16 ½-inch #8 wood screws
One 4- by 10-foot roll of ¼-inch-mesh hardware cloth
Eight 1-inch galvanized tube straps
32 cubic feet (1 1/5 cu. yd.) soil mix (look for combination of topsoil, compost, and potting soil).
We had to install a newer style exterior faucet on the house so it could seat properly initially, and we pull it in the house every time the temperature goes below 35 degrees. Needless to say, it is in most of the winter. However, we've had the same one in operation for 6 years, changing the batteries every Summer, and reinstalling it every Spring.
Our dog loves it and so do we. He's taught other dogs to use it as well. He figured out how to avoid the hot water in the pipes on hot days, by going up to it and letting it run for a minute before he takes a drink. Before we got the Water Dog, he would tip his bowl over, or it would get full of dirt and mud. This removes the bowl from being a play toy, and assures him of fresh, cool, available water everytime he wants it. He gets excited every Spring when it goes back up. It is starting to give us problems this year, by not always sensing his presence, but we believe if we pull the sensor screens and clean them, it might solve the problem. If not, we will definitely buy another one.
No standing water, no bothering you, no dehydrated dogs, no cleaning of pet bowls, no worries.
How To Plant:>
If your garden soil is workable and not too wet, you can get the seeds in the ground. After planting, keep the seeds well watered. when the seedlings are a couple of inches tall, give them support so that they don't tumble down into a tangled snarl. bind your pea vines into their supports with strips cut from old stockings or pantyhose. It's smart recycling, and it stretches as the vine grows.
When to Harvest:
At peak ripeness the outer shell will be bright green, if you wait too long the peas will lose their sweetness and turn hard. Morning is the best time to peak, because the sugar content is highest then. pick the vines as the peas ripen. If you do that, the plants will keep flowering and continue to produce.
Select a bowl-shaped container at least 18 inches wide and 8 to 10 inches deep.
Fill the pot with a fast-draining potting soil; mix in an organic granular fertilizer.
Before seeding, moisten the soil using a fine spray from the hose. Because the seeds are fairly small, mix them in a bowl with sand (3 parts sand to 1 part seed) so they'll disperse more evenly. Sow the seeds, then cover lightly with soil.
Gently mist the soil so as not to displace the seeds.
Place containers in full sun or, if you live in a hot climate, light shade. Seeds should germinate in 7 to 10 days.
Harvest at least weekly to keep leaves coming. Using this method, it's possible to harvest four crops of cilantro from a single pot.
Can't get enough of them, and no garden is complete without a few,(or who am I kidding, ... dozens), of succulents, as well as some complementary bromeliads such as Dyckias and Aechmea recurvata cultivars that can handle full hot sun. Again, even if nothing ever bloomed here, the color contrasts and variations on a theme complement each other. Echeverias, Sedums, Aloes, I could actually design a garden only using these 3 plant groups, but not being a real minimalist, I've never tried such a limited plant composition. Certainly the textural, color and seasonal variation of these 3 is sufficient that it could be done...
These plantings are also a good example of flow in a garden, and how it gives a sense of movement, leading the eye to the final platform at the seat/bench.
Moth orchids are some of the least expensive, most common, and longest-blooming orchids available. In fact, one bloom spike can look great for four months or more. The flowers appear in shades of white, pink, red, green, yellow, orange, and purple.
How to Grow Them: Give moth orchids (Phalaenopsis selections) a spot in low, medium, or bright light and water weekly or every other week. Promote more and larger blooms by feeding moth orchids monthly with a fertilizer formulated for orchids. The plants do best in temperatures from 50 to 75F.
Here's a Hint: A drop in temperatures helps encourage them to bloom.