Published August 17, 2009
Published August 8, 2009
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.
Published July 18, 2009
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.
Published July 4, 2009
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.
Published June 22, 2009
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.
Published June 12, 2009
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.
Published June 7, 2009
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:
Published May 29, 2009
The strawberries do not like their new home! The other plants are all doing okay. I hesitate to say thriving, but they at least still look green rather than a sickly yellow. My text message gardening advice service (my mother) said that assuming they are bedded in correctly, and I am keeping them well watered, there is little else one can do. I intend to give them some more attention, perhaps even talking to them.
Published May 23, 2009
Following on from my post about being a little bit more green, I decided to try my hand at growing some plants. As I pointed out previously: I don’t have a garden, I live in a flat, and I can’t grow things. This can only end well. I am shopping for seeds and… whatever else one needs to garden this week, so I will report back on my progress. I roped my green-fingered mother into visiting a garden centre with me, and at first I had modest plans.