Garden Series – Day 28

17 Apr

The official count:

  • 8 Italian pepperoncinis, (I think, they look a lot like the bullnose)
  • 9 lemon cucumber
  • 9 black cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Thai basil
  • 6 bullnose albino peppers
  • 9 kale, (three of those are questionable)
  • 3 spinach
  • 35 water bottles
  • I have four bullnose peppers left to transplant. Then I shall try basil again.

    I feel like I’ve given birth.

    I went to Ace Hardware yesterday. Stepped into the garden section and was smacked in the face with the scent of poison. Bags and bottles galore! I am sure I got a contact high. I had never before noticed how awful all of that smells. Hoping I don’t have to go there. 20140417-102226.jpg

    Garden Series – Day 27

    16 Apr

    Transplant day! I will transplant those little seedlines that need the most space…until I run out of pots. I continue to cut up my empty water bottles. I’m really liking the water bottle concept. Until then, here are a few pics to tide you over:

    April 16, Day 28:  This is what has become of the Cuban Oregano plants I was gifted in May. They love my back porch, but really need a permanent location.

    April 16, Day 28: This is what has become of the Cuban Oregano plants I was gifted in May. They love my back porch, but really need a permanent location.

    April 16, Day 28: Who remembers the Okinawa Spinach?  All of this is growing out of two pots.  It is time to take some cuttings, find them a larger home, and maybe make a salad.

    April 16, Day 28: Who remembers the Okinawa Spinach? All of this is growing out of two pots. It is time to take some cuttings, find them a larger home, and maybe make a salad. They get a bit of sun, so the leaves are green. If they were in the shade more, the leaves would be purple.

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    Above, the original “garden” from Labor Day weekend. In the upper left corner is the Cuban Oregano. Below it, in the two pots to the right of the shopping bag, are the two pots of very droopy Okinawa Spinach. Some things have not survived, some have done really well.

    I’m learning.

    Garden Series – Day 25

    14 Apr

    I have been so incredibly busy with work the last few weeks, I’ve not written an update or taken new photos. The garden status is:

    Still growing, needs transplanting!

    I am hoping to get out there this week to transplant the rest. I am still cutting up water bottles to minimize the need to purchase more pots.

    I’m designing a trellis in my head for the cucumbers, as they need one! Those things are growing like mad.

    I told the mother that all my seeds have sprouted and how I’m caring for them. She laughed and said, “I had to threaten you to get you into the garden to pick vegetables for me!”

    I informed her that was because she made me pick green beans and squash, which I hate. Plus the plants make me itch. Ick!

    She replied, “They make me itch too. That’s why I made you pick them.”

    I mumbled something about child abuse…

    I have been reading All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. Fascinating! I am get on board with that system. He would not approve of my Hap-hazard “lets plant 50 seeds and have 48 sprout that I don’t know what to do with” method. I’m highly amused. I read the info on his website and then downloaded his book to my Kindle. I’m working through it and making notes.

    More later this week.

    Garden Series – Day 19

    7 Apr

    Recycle, Re-Purpose, Re-Use. One afternoon I was contemplating the next phase in the garden – transplanting. I realized I had over 40 seedling and not enough pots. What is a girl to do? As I raised a bottle of sparkling water to my mouth, I became inspired. I don’t know if I’d seen it before, but the solution was in my hand.

    I dug into a bag of empty water bottles ready for recycling. I cut the bottoms off (and some of the tops) with the idea to use them as flower pots. I tried to poke drainage holes in them, but a large gash on my left forefinger ended that idea.

    A friend suggested using packing popcorn in the bottoms. Brilliant! I happen to have a large box of that! My crazy cat enjoys sleeping in it, and I like to re-use them when shipping things.

    It was necessary to transplant the seedlings growing out of the soil that has accumulated on the watering mat. I loaded my “pots” with popcorn and soil, gingerly plucked the wayward seedlings from the mat, planted them, and watered.

    A few weren’t looking so good. I honestly do not know how they were growing! We shall see if they survive.

    I will continue to cut up water bottles, as I’m rather enjoying the whole re-purposing thing. Besides, once established, I can give them away and I’m not out anything with regard to pots. I am always drinking bottles of sparkling water!

    A photo of the “temporary housing”:

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    Garden Series – Day 18

    6 Apr

    Day 18?  YES!  How can that be?    I’ve had a super busy week and have been neglecting my babies.  I have managed to water them, but I’ve not been counting or taking photos.  The good news is that now this blog is caught up to real time with the little garden.

    Last night I got a photo at dusk, and this morning I counted all the little plants.  I even lifted the planter up to see what all is coming in on the mat.  Yup, more, good grief!

    Current tally:
    Black Cherry Tomato 11 (out of 15 seeds planted)
    Thai Basil 4 (out of 10 seeds planted)
    Spinach 5 (out of 10 seeds planted 
    Albino Bullnose Peppers 1 (out of 10 seeds planted)
    Russian Kale 11 (out of 15 seeds planted)
    Italian Pepperoncini Peppers 6 (out of 10 seeds planted)
    Lemon Cucumber 10 (out of 10 seeds planted)

    Garden Day 18

    April 6, Day 18: Look how tall those cucumbers are getting!

    I planted a lot of seeds thinking 1/4 to 1/2 would come in.  Oops.  Apparently my back porch is a perfect micro-climate in March and April on the Gulf Coast of Florida. This planter is under the roof of the back porch.  They aren’t even seeing direct sunlight yet!

    The cucumbers are out of control!  I learned today that they are VINE type plants, and will spread and require some management.  Eek ads, I should have researched them before planting.  Now I am thinking I need to get some tent shaped trellis like things.  Maybe I can make them?  Seriously, the chopsticks will not suffice.  Unless I can put all the chopsticks together to build one…I’m need to increase my sushi takeout!

    Given the current count, I thought it best to head to my favorite garden center this afternoon.  I picked up 10 quart size pots, 3 next size up pots, and two bags of good dirt.  Total spent?  $21!  I also am guilty of showing the extremely patient gentleman who rang me up photos.  Yes, I’m THAT gardener…Why not a big ole bag of dirt?  I can’t manage those big bags.

    I am hoping to get home tonight to start transplanting.  At a minimum, the cucumbers need to be moved.  I also need to move the peppers and kale that are currently happily growing in my watering mat.

    Here is a top view.  Obviously the plants coming in UNDER the little planter are not visible…

    Day 18 - Top View

    April 6, Day 18: Top View

     

    Garden Series – Days 8 & 10

    4 Apr

    The garden continues to grow.  In fact, I discovered kale and cucumbers growing from the watering mat where the seeds and soil had dropped through.  Time to consider transplanting.

    Note, all of these are growing on the covered back porch, no direct sunlight, and constant water through the  APS Growing System.

    March 27, Day 8: The line up thus far.  Peppers have not appeared yet.  (Top to bottom) Black Cherry Tomatoes, Thai Basil, Spinach, Russian Kale, Lemon Cucumbers

    March 27, Day 8: The line up thus far. Peppers have not appeared yet. (Top to bottom) Black Cherry Tomatoes, Thai Basil, Spinach, Russian Kale, Lemon Cucumbers

     

    March 29, Day 10: (left to right) Spinach, Thai Basil, Black Cherry Tomato

    March 29, Day 10: (left to right) Spinach, Thai Basil, Black Cherry Tomato

    March 29, Day 10: (left to right) Lemon Cucumber, more Lemon Cucumber that migrated, Russian Kale

    March 29, Day 10: (left to right) Lemon Cucumber, more Lemon Cucumber that migrated, Russian Kale

     

    Garden Series Days 5, 6, & 7

    3 Apr

    Things began growing quickly!  We had a bit of a “cold snap” (cold for Florida that is).  Exactly what my little garden needed…the tomatoes popped up the next day.

    March 24 Day 5 - (left to right) Kale and Spinach

    March 24, Day 5: (left to right) Kale and Spinach

    March 25 Day 6: (left to right)  Lemon Cucumbers, Russian Kale, and Spinach

    March 25, Day 6: (left to right) Lemon Cucumbers, Russian Kale, and Spinach

    March 26, Day 7:  (left to right) The first Thai Basil and Black Cherry Tomato sighting!

    March 26, Day 7: (left to right) The first Thai Basil and Black Cherry Tomato sighting!

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