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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 )
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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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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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Second Harvest of Peppers and a Junior Partner
Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:16 am
A Brief update:
The Aerogarden as a whole featuring the heavily fruited Jalapeno pepper plant in the forefront.
Jalapeno Pepper Second Fruiting as of 16 October 2015 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )
The Jalapeno pepper plant from the underside.
Jalapeno Pepper Plant Second Fruiting from the underside 16 October 2015 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )
My first of four Cherry tomatoes growing in...finally.
First Cherry Tomato Fruiting as of 16 October 2015 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )
I'm feeling very ill and I'm getting ready for NaNoWriMo. My apologies for the brief update.
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Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 5:34 pm
My harvest of peppers was spectacular. I currently have them sitting in a brine/vinegar mixture to keep them while I wait for the next wave of peppers to grow on the plant. It's currently covered in flowers and growing even thicker than before.
Which presents a problem. The tomatoes are struggling for light beneath the canopy of leaves the pepper has over them. I'm hoping that they'll eventually grow up and over the pepper, thus getting their own portion of light but it isn't looking too good for them doing much in the way of fruit production.
The next kit I get will be three tomatoes rather than a pepper and two tomatoes. This should ensure that everything grows at relatively the same rate.
I may get a "Grow Your Own" seed kit and attempt growing the dwarf variety of large tomatoes I saw on the Burpee website.
About the only other thing happening is my Pelargoniums finally blooming. Yay!
Pelargonium Flower - Taken 26 September 2015 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )
They're months late but they're blooming at least. I really hope I get a red flower.
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Shave and a Haircut - Three Weeks Until Bliss
Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2015 12:10 am
I had to trim the pepper back a bit today to free up some light for the tomatoes. Hopefully, they'll now mature at a quicker rate than they have been. They're (tomatoes) getting an okay-ish quantity of light but it could be better.
Now, to all the many peppers.
Jalapeno Pepper Plant Showing Fruit 28 August 2015 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )
I cut a few branches off that didn't have fruit on them. Since the peppers have reached the pinnacle of pepper production for now and the flowers are dropping off, I figured it would be okay to do the trim. Hopefully, down the road, this will lead to even more peppers.
According to the updated Aerogarden website (glare), I have about three more weeks until they're ready to be harvested. I find it shocking that they're going to get bigger than they are now. I was fully prepared to eat some until I read that they have to cork first. I want the best flavor, so I'm prepared to wait.
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Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:47 am
Do all tomatoes look like this initially? This is so awesome! I present to you Casper the Friendly Tomato.
I'm trying to document, as closely as possible, the progression of my tomato's growth, such as it is. It is a Red Heirloom Cherry. Hopefully, all the other flowers on the plants will also set fruit. In the meantime, I'm spying on this one known fruit and two suspected fruit like a Pomodoro paparazzo.
Tomato taken with Flash on phone 23 August 2015 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )
There is also the Jalapeno pepper plant to consider. Twice the size of the tomato plants combined, it's really being a light hog but I've been keeping it judiciously trimmed back. Despite my pruning it and my showing favoritism to the tomatoes, this lovely thing is proving to be quite the producer. I've lost count of the number of active growing jalapeno peppers on this plant.
Jalapeno Pepper close up with Flash from phone 23 August 2015 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )
All things considered, things are going well with the Aerogarden. I'm having a minor problem with the tomatoes growing more slowly than the peppers due to trimming but they're catching up as well as flowering and fruiting while doing so. By this Winter, I am hopeful that they'll all be around the same size. :)
Aerogarden of Hope in full 23 August 2015 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )
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