I have learnt many things this week, but the most important one is regards to keeping control of the plants.
Up until now, and perhaps in response to being grateful they survived at all, I had let the plants grow and grow and keep on growing. The strawberry pot was reasonably restrained. It grew to a certain size and then some fruit popped out.
However, the tomatoes got taller and taller until I was seriously beginning to think I’d have to trade them in for a more manageable crop.
As it turns out, and in consultation with one’s garden experts, you just have to trim the bits of plant you don’t want. This is good for two reasons:
- It means you don’t end up with enormous spreading leaves branching out in all directions.
- It means the plant can concentrate its resources on growing the good stuff rather than getting bigger all the time.
Case in point, two days after trimming:
A flower that had not been there before.
In smaller news, the lettuce is thriving. I only planted it last week but already it has sprouted and begun to grow. My only concern is that when I water the leaves, they tend to bend a bit but I have easily learnt it is more important they have water than not.
I am thinking about buying a book on the subject of indoor gardening, because clearly I have a lot to learn.