General Garden Update (Not Just Pretty Pictures And Fluff!)

I have been getting carried away, I think, with posts about all my side activities and little individual posts about interesting things going on in the garden, but now let's get back to giant updates that would take too much time to spread out. My garden is, well... A mix of extreme highs and extreme lows. But, without great experience or knowledge, I expected such results. I have learned a lot, but there's no use lamenting the dead when the survivors need my attention! Next year, when I'm more skilled at keeping some plants alive, I can expand my skills to those who didn't make it this year.

Just a quick look at the ones who didn't make it. Carrot, parsnip, chard, eggplant, purple basil, garlic, radicchio, turnip, radish, even the Cheyenne pumpkin--basically, anything in the big planter box except for the tomatoes, beans, peas, and lemon and Greek basils.

These are most of the plants, although it's hard to photograph the entirety.

This is a yellow crookneck squash that I have growing in a large black plastic pot (with myriad other plants who ended up in there as well). It is doing well, but spider mites have been a constant fight in recent weeks, and this crookneck has played host to mine enemies once or twice. This one is doing much better than its neighbour down below, in the planter. I have the pot set into the planter, but because the plant is raised up, it gets more sun, and the other gets less.

These two Cheyenne bush pumpkin plants in the old strawberry pot are doing happily--unfortunately, the one in the planter succumbed to spider mites and lack of light. The azuki beans in the strawberry pot are almost done being harvested. I had removed their leaves a week or so ago as the pods ripened, only because I wanted less living space for spider mites.

Now, this is the Italian squash. Once you see the update on the Mr. Yogato garden (coming soon to a blog near you!), you'll understand why I'm a little perturbed at the slow growth of my indoor plants. But, I can't compete with Mother Nature, clearly. Anyway, this Italian squash got all weird on me--the leaves and stem fused together and I don't know what's going on here!

Mrs. Burns' Lemon Basil is flowering! I am going to harvest this and make pesto, or tea, or salad, or something else. Hopefully I'll get more growth after harvesting, because this is my favourite basil so far!

I am not certain what type of pepper I'm growing here--it could be one of three kinds (King of the North red bell pepper, Aurora hot pepper, or either habanero or jalapeno from Whole Foods). I will see! To the right, partially covered by the yellow crookneck's leaf, is an eggplant seedling. It is doing much better than its older compatriate in the planter box (see above), and much better than all other previous seedlings--a few aphids have found their way up to this container, but the plant had enough time to get large enough to handle the crushing of the bugs.

I replanted the nasturtium planter--way too many small leaves, way too many spider mites, and I wasn't happy with the soil (I had peat and sand, to which I added fertilizer, when I set up that windowbox. Now I have potting soil.). In four days, the edamame popped up--five for chard. Nasturtium will be along shortly!

These are my Cherokee cutting experiments. Which pot (if any) can I grow a Cherokee tomato in and get a harvest?! The planter is too ridiculously large for most people.

Aw, look at Ace! Six months old and making a comeback! He is a true trooper--he needs a name. I'll think on it.

Those promising lilies? Yeah, they died. But then the one who had the flower went and started doing this... Is it growing new leaves? Plants never cease to confuse me.

My willow cutting is growing leaves and getting big, but the leaves are starting to turn yellow. There were some spider mites here, too, so maybe that's the cause. I hope the guy survives, he's been with me for months!

I stole a Zamioculcas zamiifolia leaflet to root from a plant in some mall in Virginia. Next year, I hope to have a leaf or two. I refuse to pay $13 for a four-inch plant! I put him in with Barton, my Gynura aurantiaca, so I will (hopefully) pay attention to him.

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2 Responses to General Garden Update (Not Just Pretty Pictures And Fluff!)

  1. Hey, I know Mr Yogato! Lol! I'd actually love to visit personally to see it myself! You sure have a lot of budding plants! It must feel SO great to have real life growing through your hands!

  2. Didn't know that about tomato cuttings. Neat!



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