Time for a garden update!
Overall I really continue to be pleased with how well it’s going (relatively), even though there’s still a loooooooootttttt of room for improvement. But I consider this to be a learning process, and I already have several different ideas for next year!
I bought some of this at the garden center a couple weeks back:
And I’m amazed at how effective it is! In just a couple weeks my plants have gone from sad and droopy, to happy and full and fruitful! I would marry this stuff, if it didn’t smell like absolute hell.
Behold, the wonders of the plant food…
First up – the big tomato:
He’s really getting tall!
Hi beebees! I love you! Grow big and strong for Mama, ok?
(I hope they listen to me)
And what do we have here?
Another one! I may get three whole tomatoes from my happy baby plant! I’m SO excited! (Though I mustn’t count my chickens before they hatch, eh?)
I’ve also got another tomato plant now; I had given a co-worker three of my many pepper plants and he returned the pot with a roma tomato plant in it! 🙂
(why I didn’t remove that icky weed before the photo, I’ll never know. But it’s gone now.)
That guy needs to be repotted, I know. And I have just the solution!
For you see, friends, here are my WHATTHEFUCKS?!. Err…I mean my romaine lettuces:
Now I’m no expert, but I don’t think that lettuces are supposed to look like this!
(is lettuce supposed to have crazy stalks like this?)
The other pots are a bit better (but not much):
What the heck happened? And how to I make it NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN?
Anyway, I’m about to cut my losses on these – I may pull off a few leaves and make a nice salad, but the rest, I just… ::shudder::
Or am I completely wrong? Is this totally normal? Teach me, master(s)!
When those monstrosities are gone, I’ll move the little roma tomato plant into one of the big round lettuce pots 🙂
My peppers are doing pretty well, too:
(the other three plants – not pictured – look much the same)
A BABY PEPPER! I’m so proud of it! I love it. It’s my favorite.
ALSO, since Saturday (when I took these photos) I’ve had three or four more babies appear. Little dearies – I cannot wait for them to grow big and strong so I may sautee them with onion and garlic and eat them!
The basil is starting to get all freakytall, too:
From what I can tell, I think this is more normal. But I’m not sure if the freakytall part will ever sprout “real” leaves, and if so, if they’re edible?
They’re interesting to look at, if nothing else!
As always, I really really really (xbajillionty) appreciate any advice/help you all can provide. With awesome readers like you, I may not ever have to buy a gardening book!*
*OK that’s a lie. Any excuse for a new book or ten! 😀