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A reader's SFG experience

Posted by Alzainah Albabtain on

One of my very special readers Ahmed Alkandari who also blogs himself is starting his own square foot garden in his home. He is following the Mel Barthalomew method, and has been seeing its Kuwaiti results through my experience. This is truly the best feedback I can get; that I've proven to you that it does all grow in Kuwait, and inspired you enough to try it for your self. Lets take a look at Ahmed's work, He created a plan for his raised beds. A plan is very important to help you stay organised and prepared. He started his seeds indoors under fluorescent lights, weeks before the planting...

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Its hardening off time!

Posted by Alzainah Albabtain on

The growing season is here! And this means its time to get those seedlings planted outside, but before you do that, make sure you harden them off.. Your seedlings have been pampered indoors for weeks. They need to be introduced slowly to the elements of wind and intense sun. Initially, you will put plants outdoors only for short periods of time, perhaps for a couple of hours. You'll want to set them in a semi-shaded area. Gradually, you will increase the time plants are kept outdoors; you also will gradually increase their exposure to sun. after about a week, these...

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Hardening Off

Posted by Alzainah Albabtain on

I've put the time and effort into growing my own healthy vegetable transplants indoors under lights and now it’s time to transplant them into the garden. But before I head for the garden I must be sure to harden off those tender seedlings or I'll be making a mistake that could destroy all my careful efforts. I left the country for about two weeks, and since then, my seedlings got yellow and sad, but they're still alive! and I'm sure they can make it with the proper care! [/caption] Even after the temperatures drop, conditions outside in the garden are still...

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Sifting Compost

Posted by Alzainah Albabtain on

My garden beds are almost ready to be planted out, this is why its time to collect finished compost. Not all my compost is finished, the reason behind that, is that I was adding new materials over finished compost. This is why I'm using a sifter to screen out the unfinished parts. The sifter can be found in Co ops for under two dinars.  Sifting compost is a lot of work, but the end result is worth it. I got this fine, crumbly, clean, and attractive looking compost.  This compost took under 3 months to transform from grass clippings, orange...

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You don't have space

Posted by Alzainah Albabtain on

A lot of people really like the idea of gardening, but don't imagine themselves doing it since they don't have space.  You don't need to be planting things in the ground, container gardening is perfectly fine! and maybe even better, since you completely control the soil. Containers come in all shapes and sizes and they will fit your lifestyle and space. If you live in an apartment, you may have a balcony that is perfect for container gardening, or a wide enough window sill outside your window to fit a container with all your favorite cooking herbs!  space really isn't an...

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