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Losing the plot

Published September 21, 2021

Losing the plot

Like many people, I spent some of my lockdown time in the garden: digging, planting, weeding, wondering, waiting. It seemed like a sensible thing to do, we weren’t allowed to go on any grand adventures, so why not go on a bit of a journey closer to home? I’ve tried growing things before, my so-called Great Gardening Adventure that resulted in a couple of tomatoes, a withered cucumber, and some strawberries that were brought back from the brink by strong advice from my mother.

A little bit of sensitivity

Published October 4, 2012

A little bit of sensitivity

A while back, my parents introduced me to the Mimosa pudica, otherwise known as the Sensitive Plant (or my new favourite name Touch-Me-Not). It’s a cute little plant that looks perfectly normal until you touch it, when it all curls up on itself like a hedgehog. I thought it was quite cruel to prod and poke at it, but it recovers in about ten minutes and then it’s hard to resist doing it again.

The Great Gardening Adventure - The end

Published August 8, 2009

The Great Gardening Adventure - The end

Here we are, then, eleven weeks on, and my gardening adventure has come to its conclusion. Most of the stuff died. The lettuce seemed to expire. I cleared out the strawberry pot, and I was left with a weird Jekyll & Hyde tomato plant. The tomatoes are at least trying to turn red now. I am not sure whether I should pull them off and ripen them, or if I am supposed to leave them on there until they are red and beautiful.

Take the moral High Line

Published August 7, 2009

Take the moral High Line

I have just found out about a new park opened in New York called the High Line. I don’t ever intend on travelling to New York, but if I did I would want to go and see this. The High Line railway opened back in the 1930s, as a way to stop pedestrians getting knocked over by freight trains. The tracks ran alongside the big warehouses, allowing buildings to have openings straight onto the trains.

The Great Gardening Adventure – Week 8 (oops, missed one)

Published July 18, 2009

The Great Gardening Adventure – Week 8 (oops, missed one)

I appear to have grown a cucumber. I don’t quite know how this happened. One minute it was all leaves, then the yellow flower, and suddenly there’s a big, green cucumber growing. I did take some pictures last week but forgot to do anything with them, and I can tell you this vegetable has more than doubled in size over the course of a week. At either end, it looks like a cucumber should, nice and dark green, and glossy.

The Great Gardening Adventure - Week 6

Published July 4, 2009

The Great Gardening Adventure - Week 6

Today we have a new and unexpected bloom: I think this must be part of the bell pepper plant, but I can’t be 100% sure. It’s very pretty though, and so far I have spotted two of these cute little flowers. The tomatoes are coming on very well, growing nice and strong, bigger than I expected. They are still green, so I am waiting for them to turn a lighter shade of red before snapping some more photos.

The Great Gardening Adventure – Week 4 (and a bit)

Published June 22, 2009

The Great Gardening Adventure – Week 4 (and a bit)

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.

The Great Gardening Adventure - Week 3

Published June 12, 2009

The Great Gardening Adventure - Week 3

More strawberry news, as this time… I ate one! That’s right, the reddened strawberry was red enough to eat, so I tried it out. It wasn’t perhaps as sweet as it could have been, but it was nice and juicy, with a great texture. Must be all that water! In other news, the remaining plants are still green and growing, and not a lot else. I want to see some other produce rather than just the strawberries, but I guess this will take a while longer.

The Great Gardening Adventure - Week 2

Published June 7, 2009

The Great Gardening Adventure - Week 2

Only my second update and I am already running a few days behind schedule, however I come to you with good news! My strawberries are not only surviving, but gradually turning red. In the end, I had to call the experts in, and my parents came to save the day. It turns out I really wasn’t watering the plants enough, and they needed a lot more than I provided. I learnt two very important lessons: