This year I have tomato plants, and some herbs. I tried to do peat pots but they didn’t work out-too cloudy, maybe? The earth in between the potted plants, I have sown with bee, butterfly and hummingbird friendly flower seeds. We shall see what comes up. 1 week ago
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are taller than I am. I am laughing at the puny 3’ cages I bought initially, not knowing what sort of tomatoes I had (since they just came up – I didn’t plant them). They have now outgrown the 6’ poles (which do not extend up 6’ because they are stuck into the ground, but still). Four of the plants are now probably 6’ tall. (I’m just under 5’7” and they are several inches taller than I am.) I figure at that point, they just have to hold themselves up! Ha ha!
The one in the back, of course, was totally shaded. It has grown tall and spindly in an attempt to reach the sun. I’m still giving it water, but I’m not really expecting it to bear fruit. I didn’t expect all these plants to survive as it is. Except the back one, the plants are all flowering and many of them have small, green tomatoes. I think I have 7 plants in the front row, so there could potentially be a ton of tomatoes.
I had two other tomato plants come up later in weird places. One was in the sidewalk, and I just pulled it out and threw it away, but the other came up late in the part of the garden where I have the basil growing. That, I have now potted and we’ll see how it does in a pot. It’s considerably behind the others (less than a foot tall now), but we may still get good tomatoes from it later in the season.
My strawberry plants seemed to be struggling a bit, but they are now bearing their second lot of fruit. I wasn’t watering well enough for a while because of the end-of-semester rush, so the strawberries and tomatoes were both affected.
The basil left in the pot looks pathetic. I may try to transplant it into the garden still and see if it rejuvenates? Some of the basil in the garden looks great. I need to harvest this weekend. The chives were all chewed off at the stem base by some animal (skunk?) but they have regrown now and are getting close to where they could use a second harvesting. Hope they don’t get stolen again before I get to them.
The grapes are just insane.
I finally completed the edging in the flower bed alongside the house, but I haven’t planted anything there yet. That will be my project for June, I guess. I’d love to get some color back there. There are three plants that have come up that look like morning glory. There isn’t really anything for them to climb on, though, so I might replant them and get them a trellis. Still thinking about what look I want, but seriously, I could do that for seasons and seasons so I should just get some pretty plants that like morning sun and go from there.
The front baskets need more attention. Should be able to get it now that I’m not working as much. 1 week ago
The tomato plants are nearly twice as tall as they were in the photos from two weeks ago!
And they have the first little tomatoes forming on them!
Some of my basil is looking pretty good, in spite of getting chewed on by something.
The chives were eaten off at the base of the stem by something (skunks?) but are growing back again and I hope I get some of this batch. The strawberry plants look like they’re producing another wave of berries.
The grapes are intense! There are going to be a ton of them. I hope Blitz remains uninterested in them, as they can be dangerous for dogs.
Speaking of which, this has nothing to do with my garden, but here’s my little helper hard at work.
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to go in the garden today, if only I wasn’t surrounded by all those human things that insist on staring at me, or worse still, TALKING TO ME! I’d love to live in the middle of nowhere and potter about unobserved to my hearts content. What a beautiful garden I would have. 4 weeks ago
I got more plants for the front porch, and am maintaining that pretty well.
Some of the basil is surviving, in spite of being devoured by something. I think I left the lettuce too long. The chives all got eaten by something, but they are growing back. Weird.
The tomatoes are going crazy. I’m letting them flower now. I bought some 6’ bamboo poles and am creating a supplementary frame with twine because they outgrew their cages. Excited to actually get some tomatoes. I have no idea what they’ll be like because I didn’t plant these – they were volunteers. The picture below doesn’t have the frame I built up yet.
Got some advice on the grape vine and cut back the out-of-control parts. There seem to be lots of grapes! Keeping an eye on them because Blitz shouldn’t have them. Hoping he won’t show any interest – he has not been that into fruit so far.
The strawberries are doing well. Never did get the planter hung on the fence due to logistical problems, but it seems to be doing fine on the ground. Waiting for the second wave of berries.
Got something to edge the garden along the edge of the house, but way underestimated the length needed, so I’ll have to go back to the store and get more. I still want to plant flowers in that area eventually, once summer vacation starts, perhaps. 1 month ago
off my plants!
And one hanging basket looks great. The other is struggling, and it needs deadheading, I think, but I don’t know how to efficiently because it’s tons of tiny flowers. Not sure how to make it look better. I started by moving it to a new location. I’ll see if it perks up.
My basil looks terrible. It’s all being eaten by something.
My tomatoes are doing OK. I’ve been hand-killing aphids, but need to spray with soap for more efficiency. I had these awful black caterpillars eating everything. I picked them off and squished them with great distaste. I’m excited to say they haven’t come back, but I suppose I probably need a better solution if they continue to be a problem. BT probably. I’ve been picking the buds off the tomatoes so they can focus on growing roots and growing taller. A couple of the plants are doing really well and I may be able to let them actually flower soon.
The grape vine is going crazy. I have no idea what to do with it. 1 month ago
and pruned the bottom branches off the bigger tomato plants, and pinched off the suckers and early buds to encourage root growth. I have aphids already – found a ladybug and transferred it over there. Hope it eats lots of aphids. :)
My basil and lettuce is being majorly eaten away by something. Can’t see what is eating it. My chives are coming along in their planter.
The grape vine is going crazy right now!
One of the strawberry plants has an almost ripe strawberry. Blitz caught a whiff of it today and went to eat it and I had to stop him and lift the planter up onto the table. Need to get it hung on the fence – I deliberately got one that is meant to be hung, but haven’t got around to it.
My hanging baskets are doing well.
Need to remember to take some pictures. 2 months ago
I finally prepped the raised bed, working in some new soil, and then transplanted and caged my tomato plants. I also transplanted a bunch of basil from the planter into the other garden bed. We’ll see how many of the transplanted plants survive.
C is weeding and digging up the garden bed next to the house. :)
Blitz is helping by lying around and keeping us company. He hates when I use the “shower” setting on the hose (or any sprinklers for that matter – he gives them a wide berth on walks. I think it is the sound, movement of the water, and the wetness combined.) Therefore, he goes and lies by the front gate when I water. 2 months ago
with whom we share a fence said the climbing plant (the one I thought was dead at first) is a grape! I was wondering because it was sure looking a lot like a grape vine. She said it bears heavily. That’s exciting. 2 months ago
though not as far as I thought I’d be by the end of the weekend. Strawberries are planted, but the planter isn’t hung. I did most of the weeding, but didn’t put the new garden soil in the garden areas. I didn’t hang the baskets or thin/ transplant the basil. 2 months ago
I bought two hanging baskets – need to rig some better hooks for them, since they are too large for the spaces that are there.
I bought a lined wire planter to attach to the back fence, and four strawberry plants to try planting in it. That needs to go up, soil needs to go in, plants need to be planted.
I bought some garden soil to improve the garden areas, at least where plants aren’t already volunteering. :)
The basil plants in the planter need to be thinned, and I’d actually like to try to transplant some of them to the garden areas.
And weeding, weeding, weeding. :)
Of course, the weather is not supposed to be very good (possible sprinkles) which could ruin my garden plans. 2 months ago
I’m not sure what this is, but it has also showed up in the garden. I’ll wait for it to grow and bloom I guess.
Weird. What is the blue bar in this picture?! 2 months ago
There are several plants which have showed up in our garden that I am pretty sure are tomatoes. The previous tenants must have planted them or the seeds were scattered last season. I have counted about 7 plants. Some of them are in bad spots, so will have to be transplanted. I’m trying to get everything weeded. I was going to add some new garden soil, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to with all these plants already coming up. 2 months ago
I’ve been so busy, I didn’t really get the whole garden area weeded, nor did I plant anything yet. However, this lettuce plant showed up recently. I’m trying to get the area around it weeded.
EDIT: the picture stretched for some reason… 2 months ago
a little slow to move on this goal, and even more lax about posting. My basil and chive seeds sprouting and are growing well. It is time to thin the basil soon, and I’d love to try and plant some of them in the garden itself.
The climbing plant I thought was dead was just dormant. It is sprouting new green branches and leaves. Curious to see what it is.
There is a LOT of weeding that needs to be done. Chipping away at it.
There seem to be some plants left over from the previous garden which are coming up. Some kind of flowering bulb. I also see what looks like a lettuce and also maybe tomatoes? But I’m not sure. Waiting to see what develops. They aren’t where I would have chosen to plant them, but if they are viable vegetables, I’ll leave them. :) Trying to clear the weeds so I can take pictures and try to get some people to identify what I have.
I am thinking of planting strawberries in hanging baskets on the fence. That way Blitz will not be able to eat the berries. :) I will go to the store this week and see if they still have plants. 2 months ago
I spent some time outside today, weeding and thinking about what I’m going to do. There is one raised bed which has clearly been used for gardening before. (There’s one leftover bulb of some kind sprouting right now – I’ll be interested to see what it is!) The soil looks like it could use a little love but is probably not too bad. Pretty much ready to go.
There is also a triangular space next to the raised bed and a strip of soil along the edge of the house. These were edged with rotten bamboo, which I asked them to remove before we moved in. There’s a tree right in the middle of it, but quite a lot of space on either side of the tree. I don’t think the people who lived here before were growing anything in there, although I’m not sure. The soil is terrible and there are lots of big rocks, which I think were placed there for looks (?!) although they don’t look all that great.
There are a couple of decisions to be made here. I could raise the beds. I could redo the edging. I could just place planters along some of this area. I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to plant close to the tree or not – I could rearrange the rocks in that area to make it prettier… C has also suggested sticking those little solar powered lights in the soil there to provide some extra lighting in that part of the garden.
I did plant some basil and chive seeds in a planter box. They’re a little old – we’ll see if they come up.
Then, I would like to add some pots, planters, and baskets to both the back patio and front porch. And some more indoor plants, too. I think this will be a long-term goal, for sure. :) 4 months ago
to be able to garden again! The new house has garden beds in the back patio area. They look a bit rough and will need some work to prep before planting, but the landlord says I can do what I want with them. I’m also planning to do lots of planters. I got rid of most of my gardening stuff when I moved here, so I have to start from scratch. I look forward to recultivating my green thumb. 4 months ago
This week I am going to start working towards my goal of gardening! Friday I would like to put together my gardening bed :) 4 months ago
Since cold season is here, I went out on a sunny afternoon and I cleaned out the garden demolishing. I started to dig and add some bug stuff. Getting it ready for March to begin planting. I’m preparing to keep a garden journal of failures and success this year. I wanted to make it traditional from this day forth. 4 months ago