Saturday, May 5, 2012

How my garden grows

This year I'm starting off late... And I managed to kill some things along the way ( no surprise there). This year however I decided to not plant in ground. Only in pots, which limited what I would plant. I made a decision ( a horrible decision) to not plant tomatoes except for these jubilee seeds I had laying around from last year, that didn't make it either. In all honesty it really started because one of the twins brought home a cabbage plant from Bonnie's 3rd grade project..... 

Lemme just rant about this for a moment. Both my third graders brought this home this year the boy twin brought his home first ( because he goes to a different school). I planted it for him and watered it because lets be honest what 3rd grader has the interest to deal with a plant that takes forever to grow??? Anyway. The premise of this project is they give 3rd graders a cabbage plant, they grow it, take a pic, the teacher submits the class winner and then they get put into a running to win $1000 scholarship. Sounds easy right.... Except cabbage does best in fall, winter and early ( read cold) spring. Other wise it bolts and bye bye cabbage plant. So now I have 2 cabbage plants that are growing at the speed of drying paint. But what bugs me is they wait till its HOT to give these kids these plants. This sucker isn't gonna make it outside, it has to be inside, which means I have to find a big enough pot x2, and a place that Stitch ( aka the baby) won't decide its a sand box. Ugh. and did I mention I'm still the only one who cares about these plants.... /rant

I sort thru my seeds and decide that this year I want to mainly focus on herbs, since I'm only planting in pots. I get this super cute little green house and get busy planting. ( ftr my mother in law started a garden at her house, which is nice because she has like nearly a 1/4 acre of land to work with.. I'm so jelly, I gave her the rest of my seeds) 

I forgot to label, which was problem #1, then one set of seeds didn't sprout anything. *sad face* But I don't know what it was because I DIDN'T LABEL!!!!! anyway. I start trying to harden my plants off so I can get my pots out of my kitchen window... along with the gnats that popped out of nowhere. grrrr.
The wind decides to whip back up.... * waves goodbye to seedlings*  My dill died out, and I lost 2 mystery plants, and my chives look sad and pathetic.  So much for a lovely herb garden. My cilantro is looking rather pathetic as well.  I just don't think I'm cut out for lots of seed starting, at least with food.

With these set backs I get a bug that I really should get tomatoes. Off to the store I go. I get 3 plants and a topsy turvy because I just. can't. help. myself. I get Black Heirlooms ( which are a gorgeous dark purple tomato) cherry tomatoes because I love those, and an early girl for the topsy turvy. Then I may have also bought some sweet basil because it smelled amazing. 

Now its time for some pictures... 

These are my cutting garden flowers/fairy meadow flowers. As you can see the mystery plant next to it has died. thank you wind.

my 2 new tomato plants, sweet basil ( in the red container) and I believe that is lupin in the small container.

The topsy turvy I couldn't resist getting. I should have bought the larger hook but The husband said nah that one will be fine... riiiiight sure it will. Back to lowes tomorrow.

Mystery plants. Could be lavender, could be tarragon, who knows. Its a mystery.

Not pictured apple mint (now planted in) this adorable Donkey lawn ornament.. Isn't he adorable???

My cilantro, zinnias and ONE chinese lantern are also doing meh ok. I'm still pissed I only managed to get one chinese lantern plant to sprout. what a rip off.

To be continued....

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