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Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:32 am

Currently, I have two babies growing in my Aerogarden of Serendipity.

One is a new pod of an old friend. The Mega Cherry Tomato, unfortunately, had to replace the third pod due to the failure of the seeds in the originally installed pod to germinate. I think they may just have been too old or not mature enough or something like that.

Mega Cherry Tomato Plant 8 March 2017 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

The other plant taking up space is a wild card. It is, even now, an unknown variable within the workings of the Aerogarden. The Sweet Pickle Organic Pepper plant has been growing the longest in the Aerogarden and is already at the point where it is blooming profusely.

Sweet Pickle Organic Pepper Flower 9 March 2017 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

Sweet Pickle Organic Pepper Plant 8 March 2017 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

Aerogarden of Serendipity 8 March 2017 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

For my part, I haven't been up to much stuff that's plant related. Just re-potting the pineapples and starting some Avocados.

Still waiting on the Not So Secret Garden plot to become available. Hopefully, something will come through soon. As much as my Asthma and Allergies are averse to being around such places, I could do with the extra growing space for food. Especially now.

Thank you for reading. Take care and be well.

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Sweet Pickle Organic Peppers RISING!!!

Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:08 pm

I have "planted" a new garden in the Aerogarden of Serendipity and, on today of all days, I received proof of life from one of the grow pods. I must say, it cheered me up considerably.

The seeds I planted were Sweet Pickle Organic Pepper from Park Seed and, so far, they appear to be growing very well in the Aerogarden. I started a Grow Your Own seedpod kit on 9 January 2017 and when I peeked in this morning, I saw the telltale sign of one of the seedlings sprouting upwards from the peat pod.

Needless to say, I'm incredibly happy right now.

My plans for these peppers, depending on their flavor, are to use them in soups, salads, sandwiches, and kimchi as well as eating them as a snack.

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Snow Falls Silently On Tomatoes...

Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:15 am

...Sort of. I have more than fifty Mega Cherry Tomatoes coming in and I'm eagerly anticipating eating them on the Winter Solstice or thereabouts.

Aerogarden Mega Cherry 9 December 2016 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

To allow for air circulation, I pruned the plants back somewhat brutally the other day. The leaves were really thick in some places, to the point of collecting moisture and causing some of the tomatoes to split open. I got to them before any real damage was done.

Now, all I can do is wait. They're all green for the moment. They're the right color for cup ripening but I think I will wait for them to ripen on the vine this time around.

Other than this, nothing much is happening. All the other plants are doing well. I am doing well. I am currently knitting and crocheting things and keeping busy while I wait, rather impatiently, for the Not So Secret Garden to become available.

About the only change that has occurred is that my friend, who was going to give me rides to and from the garden site in exchange for some of the produce, has moved out of state.

So, I'm now scrambling to figure out how I'm going to lug my potential bountiful harvest home or my tools there. I've been looking on Amazon for utility wagons and found a few that might be suitable. It's just a question of:

1. Finances

2. Distance

Money was tight enough before but dropping over $100 USD on a wagon, while it might be a sound investment, is financially painful.

I've also got to walk the distance from home to the garden site and back again with a wagon, laden down with several pounds worth of produce, as well as my tools, in all weather and all traffic conditions.

I've got to figure out a way around this.

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And So It Begins...

Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:45 pm

I think, that is, it is quite possible, that I am beginning to see the first rosy blush of rouge upon my babies.

Well, one of them, at any rate. You tell me. Mind you, it was dark in my room when I took this picture.

Aerogarden Mega Cherry Tomato Closeup 15 September 2016 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

It could be just wishful thinking/hoping/pleading with the multiverse.

You see, the plant is overburdened with fruit and I am too attached to remove some for the benefit of the majority.

Aerogarden Mega Cherry Tomato All One Side 15 September 2016 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

The other part of it is, I've never seen Cherry tomatoes quite this large before. They're as big, if not bigger than a walnut. I wish I had a walnut for comparison to show people.

With the temperatures in my room being what they are (80F+), I don't see these ripening quickly without drastic action. To that end, I'm going to risk the high electricity bill and run my Air Conditioning for a few hours per day to see if it makes a difference in the process.

That's about it for now. Thanks for reading. Have a fantastic day. :)

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What A Difference A Day Makes...

Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:39 am

...More appropriately a few weeks.

The tomatoes have grown. Wow, have they ever grown!

Aerogarden Mega Cherry Tomatoes 5 September 2016 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

There is one big tomato growing on the side and I don't know how big it will get. It is showing no signs of slowing down in its growth. Within reason, I mean this is a cherry tomato plant. Of that, I can be sure. However, the size of the cherry tomatoes has yet to be determined. They're far larger than the last cherry tomatoes I grew, that's for sure.

The Lesser Cherry Tomato plant is coming into its own finally. It is now growing flowers all over and will soon join its sibling in producing fruit for a hungry household. I can't wait until they're even with each other and I can finally back off of pruning the Elder Tomato for Height so much.

In other news, the weather has finally cooled off somewhat. Today was a sultry 85 as opposed to the mid to high nineties we'd been having a few weeks prior. It is a relief to be in such comparatively cooler weather. Yay for the coming of Autumn!

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Little Aerogarden of Horrors and Other Things

Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:04 pm

At thirty three days growing, the Aerogarden of Serendipity is a partial success. A little over half of the herbs have sprouted and I am presently waiting for the other half to start taking their rightful places next to their fellow gourmet herbs.

I am beginning to think that the Genovese Basil are becoming sentient though. I cut them back to stems less than ten days ago and look at them now. All lush and green. I think inter-species communication is the next stage of development for them both. o_O

Aerogarden of Serendipity at 33 Days Growth ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

Spring hasn't so much sprung here as oscillated. We have day time highs in the 60s and 70s with night time lows in the 20s and 30s. Plants are so resilient and cool to be able to take such temperature swings.

Oh, speaking of new plants, I have Navel Orange trees growing in with my sickly Pineapple plant. Which has caused it to grow stronger...weird.

I also have one surviving cutting from the Twin Tomatoes in a cup of water which is producing a tomato right now.

Also, my Spider plant bloomed a little bit and is sending out little babies. So cool.

Finally, my Lemongrass and Snake plant are almost as tall as I am.

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Wasted Time With Useless Video

Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2016 1:39 am

After more than an hour of shooting video on the Aerogarden of Serendipity, all I have to show for it are a few pictures I snapped in between shoots. Most of the video is useless.

The positive is that I've got my new Aerogarden Bounty up and running.

Aerogarden Bounty New Gourmet Herbs Garden started 27 February 2016 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

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Happy 2016

Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:02 pm

Not much has been happening here. Just watching these tomatoes grow out of all sanity. I trim them back but, just as quickly, they come back thicker than ever.

Aerogarden Tomatoes Full Shot ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

I'm even getting fruit. I'm very careful not to trim these off. I have an abundance of flowers on this plant which is causing me to sneeze mightily but I don't mind. It just means I'll have more tomatoes down the road.

Aerogarden Close up of Three Ripening Tomatoes ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

I'm really looking forward to eating these tomatoes. :)

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Growth Spurt

Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 6:07 pm

So, this has been my past few weeks. I had to prune these tomatoes back heavily due to an invasion of some kind of mite in the Jalapeno Pepper plant. I was left with two scrawny plants that I was ready to give up on. I'm so glad I didn't.

Twin Tomato plants in the Aerogarden of Hope. December 2015 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

I'm even getting an inflorescence of tomato flowers. I'm sneezing my head off but they're perfectly lovely.

Close up of the Lesser Tomato flowers in the Aerogarden of Hope. December 2015 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

According to the Accuweather site, Christmas Eve is supposed to be 71F. I can haz Winter?

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Is It Ripe?

Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2015 11:46 pm

So the tomato had finally changed color except I'm not sure whether it's ripe yet as I have never grown tomatoes before. I may post in the forums to find out for sure.

Cherry Tomato in Aerogarden on 12 November 2015 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

My reason for asking is because this first tomato is for my mom. She's 74, doesn't have all her teeth and can't chew tough things, so it's important for me to know whether this is soft enough for her to eat.

Aside from this, in growing news, I am getting another Aerogarden. I saw the advertisements for the new Aerogarden Bounty and knew I had to have one. In addition to the Aerogarden, I'm getting a metal rolling cart that's big enough to accommodate both Aerogardens once they're put in place but small enough for my short self to have access to everything.

Aside from this, I am doing NaNoWriMo and I have a bad cold.

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