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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!!!!! :)

Last edited: Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:36 pm

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Expanding My Territory

Category: Outdoor Gardening | Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:33 pm

I am finally making moves to getting more growing space. In my community, there are garden plots available for rental for as low as $20USD per year. I am not sure as to the specifics beyond that but, if this is still accurate, you are reading the words of someone who is going to seize this opportunity as soon as it flies past her. For that princely sum, I would get a 4 foot x 20 foot plot to grow stuff in and a key to the growing space.

As much as I love the Aerogarden for snacks/light meals, it is not sustainable for anything more than that in the long term. As it stands, I do not have the room in my room to make a hydroponics system that could feed everyone I would like to feed. So, with that door closed to me for the foreseeable future, my most feasible option is to get a soil based growing space and work from there. Heck, for the space advertised, I could feed a lot of people I would like to feed. I have already promised some of the future harvest to one friend and another has automatic rights to the harvest as well because he is such a good friend and has helped us tremendously. It is only a question of getting the plot and supplies at this point.

It is also just a matter of getting the supplies to the growing space once I get it. I am definitely going to grow tomatoes and peppers. While peppers might not need staking, the tomatoes I would like to grow certainly will. For that, I would need the supplies for a trellis system. I would have no problems getting the stuff. I will just need to figure out a way to get it to the site. I do not know anyone with a truck, so I would either have to walk it from where I live or hire someone. I really do not think they would let me on the bus with some of the supplies.

Seeds are no difficulty. In fact, they are probably going to be one of the easiest things to acquire/transport. I will start them indoors here and then carry them to the grow site once they are big enough to survive on their own.

I am giddy with anticipation!!!!! :) :) :)

Last edited: Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:41 pm

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Blissful Harvesting

Category: Foodstuffs | Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:46 am

I've just eaten my first tomato from my Aerogarden of Hope. I've never tasted a sweeter tomato in my life. I'm used to the tomatoes in Supermarkets, so this was quite a change to that.

Second Tomato Harvested on the vine ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

Second Tomato Harvested in my hand 25 January 2016 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

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Snow, Snow, Snow, Snow...Tomatoes...Flotsam

Category: Miscellaneous | Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:59 pm

So, yeah, I'm trapped in my home. Thankfully, I saw fit to get prepared when I first heard about this potentially mega snowstorm hitting two weeks ago. We may be trapped but we've got plenty to chow down on. See below...

Snow Outside My Front Door from Jonas ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

The potted plants are doing well. Spider plant and Snake plant are growing very vigorously.

Spider Plant and Snake Plant during Jonas ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

The Lemongrass needs a serious trim. I might make some tea and/or stir fry later this week.

Lemongrass during Jonas ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

All that remains, aside from the Spider and Snake plants, of my larger container garden. For now, I just have, aside from the above mentioned, Aloe Vera, Pineapples, and a Pelargonium growing. I may add a Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) and a Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus) to the mix.

Pelargonium, Pineapples, and Aloe Vera on the windowsill during Jonas ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

The tomatoes in the Aerogarden of Hope have really taken off since the last one ripened on the vine. Now, I have multiple tomatoes coming in, with some ripening even as I type this. All I know to do is trim the vines and keep both plants in water and Liquid nutrient. If I ever get that Aerogarden Bounty, I'll use this older model (Ultra LED) for growth experiments and extra growing space. I'll probably dedicate it to growing Herbs or something.

Two Ripening Tomatoes in the Aerogarden of Hope during Jonas ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

To keep from being bored, I've done a bit of baking before, during, and after the storm. This chocolate chip riddled banana bread was absolutely delicious.

Banana Bread with chocolate chips before Jonas hit ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

This Bread pudding wasn't bad either. In fact, the Maternal Parental ate most of it before the storm had even done its worst.

Bread Pudding made before Jonas ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

Last but not least, some icicles outside my bedroom window. I don't know how big they're going to get but, no thanks to some neighborhood kids, they're now tipping right towards my window.

Icicles outside my window after Jonas. ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

Last edited: Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:57 am

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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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Going, Going, GONE!

Category: Foodstuffs | Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 2:04 am

The Cherry Tomato has been harvested and, according to the Maternal Parental, it was the best tomato she had ever eaten. :)

Aerogarden Cherry Tomato Pre-picking - 15 November 2015 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

Really looking forward to the next batch of tomatoes coming in. Thanks for reading.

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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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Jalapenos ISO Vinegar and Other Tidbits

Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 5:28 pm

Well, since my antagonist character won't come out of my mind, I figured I'd update everyone on the status of the Aerogarden.

The largest of the peppers is now in Corking mode. I don't know if it's going to change colors. I'll give it a few more days to see if a change occurs but, once I get some vinegar, this bad boy is going down.

Big Jalapeno Pepper in the Aerogarden of Hope ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

As to the tomato, it continues to grow. Whenever I turn my head away from it and then look at it again, it seems bigger. Lately, it looks a slightly different color green. I'm wondering whether that's growing pains or a trick of the light or something else? As to the plant, that's growing like a weed now. It went from barely growing to growing like Kudzu. It only took 123 days for this to occur. I remain hopeful that I'll have a bumper crop by the New Year.

Developing Cherry Tomato in the Aerogarden of Hope ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

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