Gardening Update: Planting in Kiddie Pools

April 21, 2021

After searching for the elusive Kiddie Pools, I was finally able to acquire four of them yesterday. Today, I transplanted some seedlings and directly sowed the rest of my veggies. The goal was to create groups of seeds that will grow well together. I planted several herbs together. I also planted all the different varieties of lettuces together in a pool. I sprinkled Diatomaceous Earth under the bottom of each pool to detour the Earwigs from crawling into the pools.


  • Parsley-Italian Large Leaf
  • Oregano-Italian
  • Basil-Genoese
  • Kale-Red Russian
  • Spinach-Bloomsdale
  • Lettuce—Green Leaf Black Seeded Simpson


Arugula is a lesser known cruciferous vegetable that provides many of the same benefits as other vegetables of the same family, which include broccoli, kale, and Brussels sprouts. Arugula leaves, also known as rocket or roquette, are tender and bite-sized with a tangy flavor.


These brilliant green, oak-shaped leaves form a tight rosette and have a great buttery texture and crunchy heart when mature. This spring/fall variety can also be used for baby leaf salads.


  • Compact, rosette heads
  • Heat tolerant and slow to bolt
  • Dark green leaves with yellow-white hearts
  • Can be grown in Grow Tubs and containers

Outstanding flavor and heat tolerance make Buttercrunch Head Lettuce a home-gardening favorite. Its compact, 4-5 in. heads have dark green leaves with yellow-white hearts. They’re the perfect size for use in salads and add vibrant color, flavor and texture to salads too. The leaves have a wonderfully mild, buttery, non-bitter taste. Heat tolerant and slow to bolt, Buttercrunch is a favorite for growing in spring gardens–but is good for fall gardens too. Like other lettuce types, Buttercrunch can be grown in Grow Tubs and containers. 65 DAYS

I am happy to report that the Earwig Traps worked! They each had several Earwigs trapped in the beer. I decided to leave them in the same places inside the raised beds to capture more of the Earwigs.

I applied Diatomaceous Earth throughout the raised beds to further deter the Earwigs. While doing this, I discovered another unidentified pest on the leaves of the seedlings. I mixed a mixture of Neem Oil and water. I proceeded to spray all the plants in the raised beds (both the tops & bottoms of each leaf).

I also planted Black Beans in 1/2 of the Pro Hex Seed Starting Tray. I included 3-5 Black Bean seeds in each cell/pod. They are organic Black Beans bought at the supermarket.Bean – Black Turtle – Phaseolus vulgaris Tender Annual Bush. Heirloom. Tall, erect plants bear small, jet-black beans. Its mellow flavor is reminiscent of mushrooms. Great for soups and refried beans, black beans are a staple of Latin American, Creole and even Cuban cuisine.Soil Temperature: 65-85°FPlanting Depth: 1″Germination: 7-10 DaysHeight At Maturity: 18″-24″Days To Maturity: 85-115 DaysSun/Shade: Full SunSpacing After Thinning: 4″Approx Seeds per Pack: 50 Seeds

In an extra ceramic pot, I direct sowed some of the Sunflower seeds that I purchased yesterday. I am hoping to grow them so that our Sparrows will have more food. They are a good companion plant. EIRLOOM. Huge heads are ideal for competition at fairs.Towering heirloom is one of the oldest, most beloved sunflower varieties. Sky-high 12′ plants with huge heads are supported by great, sturdy trunks. Ready to attract pollinators and turn heads in the neighborhood. Roast grey-striped seeds for snacking or feeding wildlife throughout winter.

I purchased a Carolina Jasmine. I will plant it as another companion plant in my veggie garden. I hope it attracts all of the pollinators. It is also a beautiful plant, and provides a wonderful fragrance.Gelsemium sempervirens is a twining vine in the family Gelsemiaceae, native to subtropical and tropical America: Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, and southeastern and south-central United States. WikipediaScientific name: Gelsemium sempervirensHigher classification: GelsemiumOrder: GentianalesRank: SpeciesSymbol of: South CarolinaSpacing:Ground cover: 3 feet apart; climbing vine 4-8 feet apartWell-drainingPlanting Depth: Same as transplant containerSwamp jessamine height:10-20 feetStructure ornament, ground coverSpread:20-30 feetGelsemiaseae Growth Rate:Fast, once established Gelsemium


What vegetable are you hoping to grow this season? Please share in the comments. Thank you for sharing!

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