Seeds starting to sprout in Ojai.

It’s May 2020 in sunny San Diego, California, as Covid-19 moves throughout the World and moves its way throughout the States, many of us are going into full lockdown quarantine to flatten the curve and stop the spread of the disease.

Growing your own veggies from home could potentially lower your exposure, allowing fewer trips when going to the grocery store for other essentials.

Growing our own food is one of the the best way to practice self sustainability, independence, and it’s combining the knowledge of future + past.

So this might be the best time to start your garden.

(Yeah, the one you’ve been planning out in your head for the last two years)

Photo of Cyrus‘ bounty & his companion Miley, on his property in Southern Washington.
The fruit pictured here: Strawberries, Plums, Blueberries, Figs, Zucchini. All grown in the height of summer at Cy’s spot.

Check out the white spider chillin on the zucchini…

TO START YOUR GARDEN YOU WILL NEED:

1. Seed Starter

Biodegradable Seed Starter

Seed Tray

Reusable Seed Starter

Or use an old egg carton + egg shells!

DIY Seed Starter Price: A trip to the supermarket to get your eggs of choice, or, a dumpster diving adventure in the trying times of covid. Photo Korduroy.TV

2. Seeds

Organic Garden Greens Seeds (7 Varieties of Greens)

Organic Herb Seeds (5 Varieties)

Organic Zucchini

Organic Heirloom Tomato

Organic Italian Roma Tomato

Organic Rainbow Carrots

Organic Heirloom Vegetables Seeds (20 Variety Pack)

3. Organic Potting Soil Mix

8 Quart by Espoma

38 Quart by FoxFarm

4. Mason Jar 

(to plant a seed or off-gas your water / decontaminate your soil)

6-pack of 16 Oz

2-pack of 32 Oz

2-pack of 64 Oz

5. Water

(for your future babies)

6. Old plastic water bottle for Seedling Propagation Tool

You can build on like this, or buy one here. Photo Korduroy.TV

7. A location to plant your future food ~

Background photo of my friend Yancy’s garden in Long Beach, California. Top one of me in the Columbia River Gorge in Washington, photo by Cyrus.

Step 1:

Make or locate a Seed starter, this could be a DIY Eggshells + Egg carton or a conventional one. Egg’s are nature’s perfect seed starters. Their shells deter pests, lessen soil shock, and their calcium is beneficial to the soil.

DIY Seed Starter / Seed Tray. Photo Korduroy.TV

Step 2:

Heat the Soil to 160 degrees F to kill any weeds, pests or disease. For an hour, let your tap water sit out in an open container while off-gassing in the sun. Tap water contains chemicals which will accumulate in the plants.


Examples of different Seed Starters. Photo Korduroy.TV

Step 4:

Mix the water and soil, then place a small handful of soil in each seed starter. Make sure the soil is moist and fluffy not compacted.

Photo Korduroy.TV

Step 5:

Plant the seeds in the seed starter, keep soil moist at all times. Use the seed packet to determine the depth of seed planting.

Step 6:

You can create a terrarium out of an old plastic water bottle by cutting it in half and placing the future plants in it. This allows the plants to recycle water without having to rewater it. 

Photo Korduroy.TV

Step 7:

Keep them in the sun during the day, and inside at night to protect from the cold.

Propagation Trays growing various micro-greens. This photo was taken at Good Grow Urban Farms in Bell, CA

Step 8:

Once sprouted, transplant to a happy home! (AKA your Garden) If you started them in egg shells, take the shell off and place the seedling in a larger space.

Left Photo – A garden at NYU. Right – A garden in Occidental, CA

Step 9:

With proper maintenance you’ll be enjoying your food within a few weeks. Give it lots of love and make sure to water it and read up on it. Happy Gardening!

Left two images by Leia V. Right by Cyrus.

I originally published this article on Korduroy.TV based on this video informative explaining the process:

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