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the carrots are getting so big. but how do i know when they're ready? i have no idea what size they are underground but the leaves are rockin' and they get larger every day. i wanna make some carrot cake cupcakes and some carrot salad :rasta:
i planted some new carrots around 10 days ago, cause i realized after i harvest the other ones, i won't have any left ... gotta have a 2nd harvest ya know.
half of my red cherry tomato plant seems to have died for an unknown reason ...
one of the main branches just stopped absorbing water and the leaves all shriveled up :cry: here's the dead branch (thankfully the tomatoes that were on it are still ripening ok)
here's the good branch that's still alive
anyone have any idea why this might have happened? seems so odd to me that only 1/2 of the plant would just stop absorbing water.
also i had some leftover red & yellow tomato seeds from my failed indoor germination experiment earlier this spring, so i decided to plant them outside. what the heck, why not? might as well use 'em up .... they went in a small section of the "herb patch" that i cleared out when i pulled up the cilantro bushes.
i also planted some more green onions & chives there, as well as started a several new big sections of CILANTRO from home grown coriander seeds :D i am really excited to see if the seeds i harvested will grow well and how they will taste.
here's the herb patch, newly planted with 2nd round of herbs (and tomato seeds). the bowl there has worm castings in it which i've been soaking with water and using to water the plants ... hoping the worm castings water will help the dying tomato plant recover, but i don't think it's working so far.
the green onions i planted a while ago & the thyme are still going strong in the herb patch. i LOVE fresh thyme from the garden, it's so delicious.
the strawberries i was trying to grow a few months ago never survived after their outdoor transplantation, since i couldnt water them for 4 days while i was at a festie. so about a month ago i got 6 small strawberry plants from the nursery. they went into a long planter box and are doing AWESOME, sprouting new leaves and new berries every day :) the strawberries are pretty small but they are the sweetest strawberries i have ever tasted. like pure, delicious berry-flavored sugar. they fruits are getting bigger too, the bigger the plants grow.
btw - see how the bigger leaves are all red at the edges? these are the leaves that existed when i bought them. does it look like nute burn to you? (no i haven't been supplying any extra nutes, just the organic topsoil & compost that i mixed into the natural soil.) but the new leaves that have sprouted since i planted them here are perfectly green and healthy. should i be worried?
here's a pic showing the difference between the old and new leaves.
so i never got any seeds from those lemon basil plants that flowered (WTF??), and the genovese basil seedlings i transplanted outdoors never grew past 2" in height (WTF?!?), so i decided to cheat a little with the basil too and picked up a small basil plant at the nursery. it was growing kinda sideways when i got it, so i decided to LST it, just like pot .... hahahha :rasta: it seems pretty darn happy though. it's gotten rather large since i planted it here.
the romaine & prizehead lettuce:
(yes that romaine is nearly 5 months old now but is hardly larger than a lighter. WTF ???)
the zucchinis died when i tried to train them toward the trellis :cry:, but the cucumbers didn't seem to mind the training at all. they grew quite a lot and now they even are growing some cukes !!!!!!!
i am so excited to have success with one of the squashes. i wasn't sure if it was gonna ever happen, what with getting such low germination rates and the damn bugs eating them all in the beginning .... so, woohooo! :cacti:
ok here are the pepper plants! i started these indoors in march and transplanted them outside in may. they took for - ev - er to get used to being outside, but they seem to have really taken hold well now. the stems are thick and the new leaves are nice, dark green.
you wouldn't know it by their size :lol: but they are almost 5 months old! i guess they probably need a few more months before they start produce any peppers, but oh well. i think 11 of the original 16 seedling i transplanted outdoors are still alive which is cool. :thumbup:
in addition to the new cilantro, tomatoes, chives, & green onions that i planted over in the herb patch, i also planted a WHOOOLE lot more green onions in the bigger garden patch, and another big area of carrots and cilantro. i also planted 3 more types of lettuce there - i know they lettuce grows better in early & late season (and we're sort of in the middle now), but this summer has been pretty mild so i figured why not try? i had some extra space where the potatoes never grew ....
ok i think that's all for now