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Threnody and Growth Updates

Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Sun May 22, 2016 10:43 pm

I recently got the news that my father died. Life has been pretty hectic since and I've been pulled into the nexus of responsibility with regard to the funeral arrangements. I'm still trying to figure out how to handle this. I'm the youngest of six. I never thought I'd have this on my plate but I'm accepting it as my own because it's the right thing to do.

Anyway, to the plants. They're not growing much due to the near constant shadow of clouds covering the Maryland area but they're doing alright considering there has been constant rain and almost no sunlight over the past few weeks.

If things don't get better by the end of this week, I'm dedicated to breaking my word and putting them under the light hood of the Aerogarden to give them all a boost until the sunlight returns.

Sweet Pickle Organic Pepper seedlings updated 5-22-2016 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

Lettuce Leaf Basil updated 5-22-2016 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

Mrs Burn's Lemon Basil updated 5-22-2016 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

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Sisters Are Growing It For Themselves

Category: Horticulture | Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:06 pm

Say hello to my first soil grown basil of this season!

I got these seeds a few weeks ago and couldn't wait to grow them. I actually got them for the Not So Secret Garden I'm hoping to eventually get but got an extra pack of a few varieties to grow in my windowsill to tide me over until I could get my growing space. The varieties I am attempting to grow are:

1. Mrs Burn's Lemon Basil
2. Lettuce Leaf Basil
3. Sweet Pickle Organic Pepper

In this picture below are seedlings of Mrs Burn's Lemon Basil.

Mrs Burns Lemon Basil 27 April 2016 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

On the Aerogarden front, it has been sixty days since I first started the herbs. I've cut them back several times and they're growing just as strong as ever. I have, thanks to replacements from Aerogrow, 100% germination rates and even an extra pod of Curly Parsley growing off on the side in a medication bottle.

Aerogarden Day Sixty 27 April 2016 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

The forecast for the Summer is one of long range high temperatures for my region. Hopefully, the peppers and basil will thrive with all the excess sunlight promised.

We'll see.

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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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I Want To Grow Mushrooms

Category: Mycoculture | Posted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:03 pm

I think I want to grow these mushrooms in particular.

Regardless of my goals, they'll have to wait until my availability of finances and their availability of mushroom kits coincides.

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Desperately Wanting To Grow Stuff

Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:52 pm

Today, I got my seeds in the mail. Most of these seeds will be grown in the garden once I eventually get it. I'm keeping them in a cool, dark place until they're needed.

The only thing that didn't come, due to being back ordered, were the cucumber seeds. I don't know how big that package will be. I've never really noticed the size of cucumber seeds before. So, I don't know if I'm getting a little pouch or a big sack of seeds but the quantity will be 1,000 seeds. Regardless, I'm looking forward to growing them along with everything else.

This is where my crazy plan comes into play. It's completely loony. Then again, so am I. I'm going to restart the back patio garden with the hopes that, this time, it'll grow something meaningful. This will require me to invest in some patio furniture so that the management doesn't clear my garden out this time but, I'm hoping anyway, that the extra money spent will be worth it in peppers, basil and tomatoes.

I'll also be growing some in my room, utilizing the grow light of the Aerogarden of Serendipity. Forty-five watts is a lot of brightness to have shining only on an herb garden. I'm hoping that some of the excess light might aid the growth of a few plants in pots. I'm going to be very cautious and ensure that there are no little critters making a home in the soil I use.

To that end, I refuse to buy the Potting Mix That Must Not Be Named due to their perennial issue with Fungus Gnats. I'm going to try Pro-Mix instead and hope for the best.

I'm still up in the air as far as what to grow but my mind is starting to settle on the following three:

Organic Roma Tomatoes
Lettuce Leaf Basil
Sweet Pickle Organic Pepper

This should be enough to tide me over while I wait for growing space. Once I get that space, the sky's the limit. :)

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Two Years

Category: Miscellaneous | Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:26 am

Time really does fly when you're having fun. It's been two years since I first signed up on this site.

In that time, I've really grown as a gardener. I've acquired two Aerogardens and successfully grown three gardens from them. I've maintained seven container plants from my original windowsill garden. This is despite invasions of ants and fungus gnats.

I've even expanded my territory, so to speak. I am selling my old Aerogarden to a friend and I've given The Maternal Parental four aloe vera for her windowsill which I maintain. On top of this, I've put two Snakeplants and the remains of the tomato in the downstairs window.

My plants for the coming growing season are:

Obtain an Ornithogalum (False Sea Onion)
Crassula Ovuta (Jade Plant)
Two Epipremnum (Devil's Ivy/Golden Pothos)
Setcreasea (Purple Heart Plant)
Two Plectranthus (Swedish Ivy Plant)
Maranta (Red Prayer Plant)
Stapelia Grandiflora (Carrion Cactus)
Codiaeum Variegatum (Croton)

In addition to this, I just bought $25USD worth of seeds in anticipation of getting My Not So Secret Garden started.

Included in this list are:

Chocolate Cherry Tomato
Big Rainbow Tomato
Spacemaster 80 Cucumber
Red Giant Mustard
Lacinato Kale
Clemson Spineless Okra
Roma Tomato
Sweet Pickle Organic Pepper
Hale's Best Organic Melon (Cantelope)
Lettuce Leaf Basil
Mrs. Burns Lemon Basil
Fresno Pepper
Giganteus Sunflower
Prarie Sunflower
Summer Savory
Caballero Hybrid Peppers
Bright Lights Swiss Chard
Park's Beauty Blend Radish Seeds

I have very high hopes that I'll get the Roma Tomatoes, Lettuce Leaf Basil, Lemon Basil, Sweet Pickle Organic Pepper and Park's Beauty Blend Radish to grow in containers.

I am also hopeful for the Bright Lights Swiss Chard to grow in a container but less so. In the past, I've had very little luck growing it without greenhouse conditions. I'm unsure as to why. Perhaps trial and error will give me some insight into why that is.

With regard to the new Aerogarden, five seedlings are sprouting already. The Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Mint and Dill are all coming up strong. I've got the domes off of the Genovese Basil and Dill due to the fact that they've gotten so big.

The rest usually take some time in growing.

Meanwhile, I've been snacking on the last of the semi-ripe tomatoes from the previous garden. I have them in a 32oz soup container on the top of my desk Hutch and, despite my initial misgivings about doing this, they're turning colors. Even the small ones.

Hopefully, my Windowsill Roma tomatoes will grow as strong as these have. Otherwise, I'll have to wait until I get my hands on the Outdoor Plot.

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First Green Sproutings

Category: Miscellaneous | Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:09 am

I looked in on the Aerogarden of Serendipity today and the Genovese Basil is sprouting up after only three days being "planted". It's actually beating out the Thai Basil, which was supposed to come up first. Regardless of which is first in sprouting, it's lovely to see them. I love growing things.

In other news, I had an opportunity to show The Maternal Parental the future site of My Not So Secret Garden today. We were riding in a cab with a really rude and dismissive cab driver. When I explained my plans for the garden plot I'm hoping to get, to my mother, he was really negative about the whole plan.

My actual plans are to grow food for The Maternal Parental and I, with a portion going to my friend for helping us out so much, as well as another friend who may or mayn't take up the offer due to his living so far from me. Any extra food will be given to those in need.

From both my own experience being impoverished and from watching Gardening programs that focus on community activism, I'm all too well aware that most food banks don't have a ready supply of perishable, fresh fruits and vegetables. It's mostly canned goods, boxed goods, and bagged goods.

While it certainly sustains, it's not always the healthiest option out there when compared with fresh produce. Being honest, and I have written about this in the past on my blog, fresh produce is a nightmare to get ahold of when you're on a limited budget. So, my plan was to give the extra to the food bank or, if they were unwilling/unable to take it, find a family in need to give it to free of charge.

Apparently, that was all too much for the allegedly charitable cab driver who scoffed at the notion and tried to poke holes in every aspect of my plan.

It's like, dude, why are you so invested in tearing my idea down? I hardly know ye and your dedication to obstruction goes way beyond constructive criticism.


So, The Maternal Parental got a chance to see the site and loved it. Though, she is worried about my ability to get there due to the Agoraphobia issue. I feel much more confident about it though. Between my friend taking me there on a semi-regular to regular basis and the distance being relatively short from the nearest bus stop, I feel somewhat confident that I can make it there.

I just need to actually get my hands on the site first...

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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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The Greening

Category: Horticulture | Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:37 pm

I finally got it. I finally got the Aerogarden Bounty.

Aerogarden Bounty delivered on 26 February 2016 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

If you're wondering why it's still in the box, there are two reasons for that.

1. I'm going to do an Unboxing video and upload it to YouTube. (See my links list for my vlog)

2. My "old" Aerogarden Ultra LED still has tomato plants ripening in it and I haven't deconstructed it yet.

Everything is going into play on or before 12 March. I'm selectively pruning smaller tomatoes from these plants to force the others to ripen faster. I just ate three, not quite red tomatoes off of the vine. They tasted a lot like store bought tomatoes. If they're picking them at that point, it's no wonder they're so flavorless.

I've been spoiled by vine ripened tomatoes. None but those can compete for flavor anymore in my eyes.

On the Outdoor Gardening front, I've compiled a shopping list for myself of things to get in preparation of obtaining My Not So Secret Garden. The waiting list is one year or more and, even then, Senior Citizens have priority first refusal of plots. That should give me enough time to get together a good collection of tools before my name even comes up.

I'm lucky I'm a very patient person.

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Move Made - I'm On The Waitlist For A Plot

Category: Outdoor Gardening | Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:33 pm

One day, in the not too distant future, I hope to get a phone call or a letter in the mail stating that I now have the opportunity to get a garden plot at my local Community Garden.

I made the call today and got put on the waitlist. Priority goes to Senior Citizens, and rightly so, before going down the list of people who've been waiting a long time to get a plot. Then, comes me. I'm so excited!!!!!!

I have a small listing of supplies I might need on my wishlist waiting for me to buy them. I need new hand tools as mine are old and rusted. I also, probably, need a spade. I was considering getting a short handled one.

Then, I have to get seeds and plants. Holy Molybdenum, I'm finally getting an outdoor garden!!!!!!!!

In other exciting news, I'm getting the Aerogarden Bounty today!!!!!!

My friend is buying my Ultra LED and the payment from that is partially financing the purchase of the newer Aerogarden, which I'm now calling the Aerogarden of Serendipity.

Right now, I'm ripening the last of the tomatoes on the plants in the Ultra LED. Hopefully, they'll ripen a little more quickly. I'm trying to keep the temperature at optimum levels for tomato ripening but it is Winter here and still very chilly outside.

That's about it, apart from my crocheting a cardigan for the Maternal Parental and a Boba Fett figurine for my friend.

Have a fantastic day, All!!!!! :)

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