Monday, April 14, 2008

Who Was I Kidding?

I should have known there was no way I'd be able to only plant the cold-weather seeds.

Instead I hauled out all of my pots.

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And all of my seedling starter yogurt, sour cream, ricotta cheese, and other non-curbside recyclable plastic tubs.

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I started pairing off seed packets with pots.

Then I took everything outside and arranged the pots so I could tell where they'd all fit and I could further plan what plant would go in what pot. Depending on where the pot fit on the balcony and how much sun that spot gets also helped determine what went where.

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Then me and Chunky got down on starting about 1/2 my seeds.

I put them up in the stained glass window ledge to sprout and keep them safe from Wingus and Dingus (Squeaky and Springs).

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The peas and lettuce are outside. We'll see if they live up to their true cold-weather nature.

Did you notice the pair of socks in the first picture?

As much as I love the colors of Socks that Rock, I'm highly disappointed in their "superwash" label. Both pairs of STR socks I've made are highly felted and are now a pain the ass to get on my feet anymore.

So I've decided to rechristen them into planters.

Have you ever seen those plastic saddle-bags filled with dirt that you straddle over a railing, water, and ta-da, flowers bloom?

Why not with my STR socks? I figure I'll i-cord them together so they'll stradle my railing and plant Alyssum in one, and Forget-Me-Nots in the other.

I can't get them on my feet--might as well use them for something useful!

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29 Comments:

Blogger LadyLungDoc said...

Are you going to line the socks with plastic? A bread bag would work well.

8:47 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Now they'll be planters that rock!

I don't put mine in with my regular laundry, and they've not felted in the least.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

How cute that will be to grow plants in your socks, LOL! That stained glass window is just beautiful. I love stained glass, especially the Tiffany-style lamps. I've always wanted one, but with two kids, I'm afraid it would get broken.

You're very ambitious with the seeds! I have a screened sunporch, and keep meaning to grow some vegetables in pots out there, but haven't gotten around to it. I did have a cherry tomato plant once, and it did really well until my son (he was 3 at the time) kept pulling the tomatoes off before they ripened.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Sock planters! Ha! Leave it to you to come up with something so incredibly creative. I'm planning to make some "tomato bags" out of the legs of old bluejeans and/or sweatpants. I don't have as much space for tomatoes as I want to have, and so I thought it would be cool to just hang them from the roof.

I'm glad you started your seeds. I direct-sowed - all outside: peas, carrots, beets, lettuce, broccoli, spinach and potatoes. The garlic I planted in the fall is coming up (yay!), and I found a raspberry bramble that had rooted itself in one of the tires I use for my potatoes - and it's already getting leaves! So, I moved it out of the tire ;).

Anyway, I can't wait to see what your pot garden looks like come July. I'll bet it's gorgeous!

10:54 PM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

I can't wait to see all you plant! Too bad about the socks though. While it's great you have a use for them it's sad that it came to that.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Penny Karma said...

What does it say about me if I initially read Alyssum as Asylum??

6:47 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Excellent pot garden! Given last year's blossom end rot troubles, you may want to boost your soil's water retention. Some methods include adding gel granules or the super absorbent core of a tampon or diaper.

7:26 AM  
Blogger Brena said...

Sorry about your socks, I can't wait to see what they look like as planters though.

Pot garden makes me laugh... :p

7:33 AM  
Blogger Macoco said...

That's a really cool idea for the felted socks.

8:21 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

That is going to be some pot garden! Can't wait to see it all fruition! Or would that be vegition...

Bummer about the STR socks! Like tg, mine haven't felted either. But that'll be an excellent way to repurpose them!

8:29 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Er, meant to say *come to* fruition. Me can't right talk coffee before cup first.

8:31 AM  
Blogger Stacie said...

I can't wait to see your socks-as-planters! that rocks! plant on!!

9:03 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

That is a large pot garden! I'm looking forward to seeing the STR planters. That will be cool.

The deer ate the few garden plants I tried to grow last year. Seeing the start of your makes me want to try again though...

9:19 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I would totally use the felted socks for a planter. What a good use for the felt. I think they should stop calling it superwash if you can't wash it.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Olga said...

but.. but... thats just WRONG!Bezzie, they are HAND MADE SOCKS! The sock police will be kicking down your door and taking away your double needles if 'someone' squeels on you. But I happen to know that a certain amount of hush money will keep them in the dark.....Bruno will be getting back to you soon,

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

I like the sock planter idea. I hear tell that superwash treatment washes off all superwash wools eventually. I've haven't had it happen to hand knit socks yet, but I have had it happen to commercial wool socks. It seems like the socks should be worn out before that happens though.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! Look how clean your pots are...did you learn that from Barfy Marfy? I just leave the dirt in mine and water it really good when I want to plant something new. That may be the reason my plants don't do too good. Sock planters...and DrMS and Chunkie are OK with this? Your father would have a cow if I did anything like that!!!! Love, Mom

11:54 AM  
Blogger Disco said...

Did you machine wash AND machine dry the socks? I only wash mine on delicate in the machine and hang them to dry. Not that they get washed much - not worn too much in FL!

Speaking of pot gardens. I once lived in a house with a greenhouse in the garden. The boyfriend and I grew tomatoes to hide our pot plants. His mother, the keen gardener' never noticed! We enjoyed both crops ;0)

I'll post more pics of our current 'pot' garden soon I think - funny!

12:53 PM  
Blogger Nell said...

Cool idea for the felted socks! I can't wait to see how they work out.

5:03 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

I'm so sad to hear about the felted socks but am glad they will be put to good use.

I wish I could put you to work in my back yard. Nothing grows back there. (because I don't plant anything)

5:08 PM  
Blogger Rebel said...

Dude! You are going hardcore with the pot garden this year!

Sorry to hear about the socks not rocking. =( Although if you wanted to send them to someone with tiny feet who was quite fond of pink... I might know someone. =P

5:41 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Can't wait to see how the sock plants turn out!

9:36 PM  
Blogger Sourire11 said...

Socks as planters? Genius! I started a whole bunch of seeds recently, too - although w/o any of your planning. good call on laying everything out beforehand!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Think of all the lonely socks out there and their new lives as planters. You clever girl.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Magatha said...

I wonder what they do with all my plastic "non-recyclable" pots that I put out for the truck anyways? I put all my waste plastics on the curb.

Good start on the pot garden. Looking forward to what comes up.

4:52 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

You must be the only one to use such special socks for planters ;) I'll bet they're going to be gorgeous come summer!

5:57 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Hee, been waiting for your potting season to start! Great use of socks that don't rock anymore! Hmmm I have a couple of pairs of that don't fit anymore and have holes...

10:26 PM  
OpenID bufanditas said...

If you were down here, planting seeds outdoor would not be a problem. ;)

7:52 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

so many pots.

Like a deranged Percy Thrower.

6:56 AM  

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