The last months we planned the upcoming garden season and came up with new ideas. This year we’re gonna share our complete journey with monthly updates in the urban farming section. So let’s get started!
At this moment we’re still in the middle of carnaval in Cologne. In between celebrations we ordered our favorite seeds and started indoors. Since spring is coming closer we can’t wait to have more green in our house and street.
Because it can still be very cold in February, we do not sow outside but start to grow crops indoors. Seeds like chili peppers, paprika and eggplants have a long way to go, they must be sown early in order to be able to harvest them later this year. That’s why we sow these seeds already in trays. Tip: Make sure that holes are at the bottom, to prevent fungus or rot. Because we’re not home a lot a lot and therefore can’t water daily we cover our trays with a transparent cap to prevent evaporation and keep them moist.
Seed or potting soil
We noticed last year that the right soil is incredibly important to give our seeds a good start. There are many soil options but mainly you have to choose between seed or potting soil. We ourselves use coco peat tablets, as seen on the video below.
Seed soil or coco peat tablets are lighter than potting soil. It makes it easier to sow and later on seedlings are released faster without causing damage to the roots. We make sure that in our coco peat tablets no fertilizers are added which is good, because seeds prefer to germinate in a neutral environment.
Potting soil is rather ideal to give young plants a boost. We will use this later. The structure is firmer, retains water longer and is suitable as a growing soil because nutrients have been added.
To fertilize our plants this season we decided to make our own fertilizer. In order to do so we got ourselves a kitchen waste fermentation set, also known as Bokashi. You can put all your organic waste in there and with an add of Bokashi-starter (effective micro-organisms) you get an excellent organic fertilizer. On top of that the set is a big asset to our apartment because we re-use our waste and the Bokashi bucket prevents any funky smell. It only took us some days and we already collected some powerjuice. Attention: Just use a little of it and make sure to mix it with water. We think it’s awesome!