Saturday, April 29, 2006

Real Pottery?

The local nursery was having a "Garden Show" so I stopped in. It was mostly a few vendors selling plant food and pest control stuff, but the nursery was buzzing nonetheless. Wondering through a nursery is always fun (and dangerous if you take my husband's view). We purchased some bright and colorful Dahlias and what I thought was a very cool pot! Yes, I actually bought a real ceramic pot instead of a cheap plastic one. It caught my eye right away on one of the vendor's tables. I decided to splurge and grab it before someone else did. When I brought it home, I soaked it down and planted mint, basil and parsley. We'll see if they make it.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Re-potting Tomatoes

The poor tomatoes were getting very tall and lanky to the point that they are falling over. So I decided to re-pot them a little deeper. I had read that you are suppose to transplant them deeper to the point where you almost cover the bottom set of leaves with soil. This is suppose to allow them to have deeper roots and stronger stock. Well, I think I let these get a little too tall.

When I dug one out I found that it didn't have much of a root. It was jut barely hanging on to the soil so I dug it out and buried it deeper. Many of them I had to gently bend the stem to get them to go in lower. Unfortunately I broke a couple. I went ahead and planted the broken ones anyway to see if they would take root again. I'm not holding my breath though. (Note for next year: Plant seeds in small, shallow containers and move up to bigger, deeper ones..)

I transplanted half of them to new pots since I had originally planted two per pot. Now is just one plant per pot. I didn't have another deep root seed starting container so I devised some by cutting the bottoms off of the seedling containers you can buy at the nursery. I got some more craft felt and got it dripping wet and placed the cut containers on top of it to act as a self waterer. I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Spring is definitely here!

Wow! What weather!
It had to be a balmy 75 degrees today. It was so beautiful, I had to get outside.
I prepared 3 of my 5 self-watering pots for plants and planted some additional green onions and lettuce since the ones in my seed starters are looking rather sad. These were containers from last year and I absolutely love them. They allowed me to have my first successful tomato crop last year! Anyway, I'm hoping the lettuce and green onions will fair better in these pots.


I also looked at my aspens and realized that one of them was full of what looked like caterpillar fuzzies. I think they are catkins or flowers, but since I've never seen an aspen behave like that, I don't know. I've got some questions out so hopefully it's not anything unusual or serious.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

It's about time!

So, after about 7 days, all but two of the Rutgers Tomato Plants came up. It has been well over 14 days and I had about given up hope on my bell peppers. This evening I took another look and to my surprise, there they were!

I'm still waiting on the green onions, but I think the seeds were too old. I was trying to use up what I had before purchasing more, but I suppose the seeds are dated for a reason.