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Home Gardening in Jamaica, Part 2

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Basil poking through the soil!

Here’s the latest update in my home gardening adventure (see Home Gardening in Jamaica, Part 1). First and most excitingly for me, after one week I’ve got some little sprouts poking up – the basil, tarragon and chives seem to be bubbling along!

Ok, so let’s rewind a bit – last week the first thing I did was to fill 16 starter pots with potting soil, and then plant seeds in each of them (2 pots each of 8 varieties) – I put these in a translucent plastic container, watered them and covered the container and then put it on the edge of our veranda, where it gets a moderate amount of sun, mostly in the morning).

Note to self - these little pots are not very stable...
Note to self – these little pots are not very stable…
Used some extra pots to keep everything stable...
Used some extra pots to keep everything stable…
All set and ready for some sun...
All set and ready for some sun…

This week I planted almost the same set of seeds in the 10″ pots. My plan is to see which method works better in general, and (after buying the starter pots) I also read that a lot of people don’t like the starter pots, they just plant directly. Anyway, whatever ends up being successfully in the starter pots I will then replant into a bigger pot.

10" pots filled with soil and seeded
10″ pots filled with soil and seeded

Of course, after filling and seeding all the 10″ pots, my mum told me that I should have put a bit of space material (styrofoam, etc.) in the bottom to help with drainage and to keep the soil from washing out… oops! Oh well, let’s see what happens… check back soon.

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