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!
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)
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…
April 6, Day 18: Top View