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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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Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:45 am
It has been quite a trip lately.
My phone is dying.
My tablet now makes no sound without earphones.
My computer died (hence my disappearance).
On the up side, I've got a new computer tower, a sale on phones just made itself known if I can catch it and my jalapenos are fruiting like crazy.
Also...I may have tomatoes.
I say "may" because I don't know what a new tomato looks like. It's pretty recent if it is a new tomato. The flowers went through everything the pepper flowers went through, including fertilization attempts, so I'm hopeful that this is a really tiny cherry tomato developing.
I'll let you all be the judge.
Aerogarden Cherry Tomato ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )
Also, for good measure, I'll post a picture of some of my jalapeno peppers.
Aerogarden Jalapeno Pepper ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )
I hope everyone is doing well and keeping cool/warm this Summer/Winter.
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100% Germination Rates!
Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 8:29 pm
The Aerogarden of Hope (as I've taken to calling it) has finally experienced a 100% germination rate. The Curly parsley is just visible in the middle front pod. Everything is now growing like crazy. Yay!
On the soil baby side of things, I've snapped all the old leaves off of my scented pelargoniums in an effort to make them shoot off more side branches before Mid-June. A few of them already have good side branches with signs of flowers but I'm hoping for really bushy plants.
Still no signs of life in the seed experiments. I've got until next month for the end of it to come but some sign of life would be nice. Especially in the Cinnamon Basil. I'm honestly not expecting the celery to grow. The Cinnamon basil, on the other hand, has surprised me quite a bit in the past. I'm hoping for one more surprise for old time's sake.
So, I also cut back my Lemongrass this morning and made tea with the clippings and one of the stalks. It was so delicious! I highly recommend growing lemongrass even if you only use it to make tea. It really does taste like lemonade or lemons or something lemon-y. Even the Maternal Parental loved it when she tried it and she likes nothing natural. She specifically begged me to give her another cup as soon as the lemongrass has grown out again. I'll do my best to keep that promise.
The African Violets are okay...I think. The plants look fine. I just watered them for the first time in a week. However, I'm not sure how the cuttings are doing. I don't have X-Ray vision to see into the potting mix they're sitting in to know whether or not their roots have taken. They still look alive though. So, I'm hopeful.
The Pineapples look fantastic. I give them a spritz of water from my spray bottle every morning to ensure they don't dry out. Other than that, I water the soil about once a week. They were dry today, so I watered them a bit along with all the other plants.
The Aloes, Spider Plant, Nasturtiums, and Snake plant are all doing well too. The orange trees look so good, I'm considering experimenting with making tea out of the leaves. The Tangelo is growing strong too.
I think that's about it. :)
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Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 11:22 pm
A growth update.
Aerogarden - Growth of plants after seven days 14 May 2015 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )
All the seeds have either germinated or, as is the case with the curly parsley, is in the process of germinating. The ones without the grow domes are the ones that are visibly growing. Some just aren't taller than the pod casing yet.
The basil smells so good already, my mouth is watering just thinking of eating it later in its growth cycle.
The mint is currently too small to sample yet but I'm looking forward to doing it.
The dill and cilantro are both growing, as is the chives.
Heh, I've already gotten half of it promised out to select friends and family. Hopefully, there will be enough.
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Who Could Ask For Anything More?
Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Mon May 11, 2015 6:39 am
I've got Basil,
I've got Cilantro.
My seeds are growing,
Who could ask for anything more?
The seed pods in my Aerogarden are sprouting like you wouldn't believe. After only two days, there are signs of life in some of the pods despite a sprouting estimate of four days to eight days minimum. In a day or two, the grow domes will be ready to come off of the basil. The other seeds are still in the process of sprouting.
All my plants that I previously meticulously watered/fertilized every other day depending on the week have been going without. They're thriving. The Orange trees are growing new branches. While the Aloe Vera is deepening in color and contrast. The African violets are perking up quite nicely and the scented Pelargoniums are branching off. Everything is doing fantastic.
I've even planted ancient seeds I've had for a minimum of five and a maximum of twelve years. In the case of the five year old seeds, I sprinkled some celery seed I have as seasoning into some potting soil, somewhat lightly covered it, watered it and hoped for the best.
In the case of the twelve year old seeds, it gets a little more complicated. Back in 2003, I bought some seeds from Seeds of Change. Specifically, I bought Cinnamon Basil seeds and grew them to maturity. Man, did they ever grow too! When I lived in the crackhouse, I had a SSE facing window and got ALL THE SUNLIGHT!!!! This meant that a lot of plants did very well in my room, when I didn't eat them.
Except for Coleus.
One of the plants that did incredibly well was the Cinnamon basil. I must have sowed that Basil into every pot I had. It grew up to twenty four inches tall in most pots before setting seed. I had so much seed, that I was going to send some to my friends but, being poor, I didn't have the means to ship it all.
Fast forward to a few days ago when I was cleaning out my sorely neglected computer desk. I came across a folded and stapled bit of tissue paper which contained some of those seeds I'd collected.
At first, I was going to throw them away but then I thought about it. They should be given the chance to grow just like any other seed. So, I planted them in a four inch pot of soil. It must have been about twenty or thirty seeds in the packet. After all this time, I'm highly doubtful of anything coming up but...you never know.
As I know more, you'll know more. :)
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Curbing My Enthusiasm
Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Fri May 08, 2015 12:31 am
I had originally intended on doing a full unboxing video once I got the Aerogarden Ultra LED. Ah, the best laid plans of mice...
I tore through that wrapping and cardboard like a maniac before assembling the machine at breakneck speed. It's my weakness. I just can't resist a good puzzle. Oh well. I'll probably make that unboxing video once I get a second one.
The Aerogarden was an easy project to assemble. The instructions were clear and setup was a breeze. I highly recommend this model for anyone interested in the technology.
As an aside, it also puts out enough light to grow other plants around the Aerogarden. I'm not going to do it with this one as I'd like for it to be a completely sterile environment with not even the remotest chance for contamination from my soil plant babies. Yet, the option is there.
My First Aerogarden - Just Assembled 7 May 2015 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )
This is my new toy with my little potentials currently swimming around in 1.2 Gallons of water. Well, suspended above the water to be precise. Hopefully, knock on wood, there will be no infestations of bugs or anything.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have an Aerogarden to stare at. :D
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Aha! Eureka! Got Ya!
Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Tue May 05, 2015 2:19 pm
As far as fertilizing goes, if geraniums, like most annuals, get too much, you will get large, lush green plants and not as many blooms because the plant will be in more of a vegetative mode. In containers, if you feed your geraniums, every 3 to 5 weeks, you will be just fine. Use any of the water soluble fertilizers available, and just get a balanced solution (10-10-10 or 20-20-20). In the ground, your geraniums will need to be fed even less frequently; every 4 to 6 weeks should be sufficient. If you are going to make a mistake fertilizing, you are much better off to under feed than over feed. See more here
I now know what I've been doing wrong with my pelargoniums! Eureka!!!!!!
My silly behind has been giving them fertilizer every two weeks along with the rest of my plants. Well, that stops today. Hopefully, enough time will elapse between now and the expected blooming season for flowers to finally appear on my babies.
On top of this, I'm going to look around to see how many other plants I can get to bloom if I take a break from fertilizing for the Summer and Winter.
Incidentally, I've finally planted the Pineapple babies in pots around six this morning. They're relaxing on my sewing table, soaking up the carefully applied water I gave them.
According to this page, I must lay off all my regular activities. They're the ultimate low maintenance plant. Hopefully, I don't kill any of them. I'm not hopeful of growing an actual pineapple but you never know. I just appreciate the beauty of the plant itself.
So, for the pineapples, I have my spray bottle at the ready. There should be enough fertilizer in the soil for root feedings which I will supplement occasionally with foliar feedings.
For the Pelargoniums, NO FERTILIZER except ONCE A MONTH. Poor things need to go on a serious diet.
For everything else, research research research.
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Updated Pictures of My Container Garden and My Shawl
Category: Miscellaneous | Posted: Mon May 04, 2015 9:19 pm
View My Plants: Container Garden and View My Shawl: Random Stuff
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Horticultural Hope and Glory
Category: Container Gardening | Posted: Sun May 03, 2015 9:30 pm
Here goes nothing but my hopes and dreams.
I've re-potted my withering African Violet to give it another chance at growing. I think the soil became too compacted and mineral rich for its root structure. For the most part, it hasn't grown much but it is holding on to life, poor thing.
In addition to this, I've also planted the African Violet leaf cuttings I've had sitting in water for a little under three week's time. Here's hoping that they'll grow this time. None of the leaves are anything like what the suggestions said they should be. They're scarred and brown in some places and from parts of the plant not recommended to propagate from. Yet, when I did follow the directions, my cuttings all died on me. So, I figured I'd break the rules.
I've also planted nine Nasturtium seeds in various pots around my room. They're old seeds from my last big seed purchase, so I'm not expecting much even if I am hoping. If they do grow with the new watering schedule and lighting I have in my room, I'll be very happy indeed.
The Tangelo looks like poop. I had it under a clear cup for humidity and now it's getting used to the dry air of my room. Well, we've all got to grow up sometime.
The pineapples look fantastic...and fantastically small. I have them growing in an inch and a half of soil along with the newly planted nasturtiums. All of this is covered by a top to prevent moisture escaping. Once the nasturtiums start growing, I'm taking the cover off, come what may. It's time for the pineapple babies to be weaned as well.
The Pelargoniums look excellent. I really hope they flower this year. I have both cuttings and seed grown plants from last year that didn't bloom. I'm going to experiment with the watering schedule to see if I can get them to do something other than grow the gorgeous scented leaves they've been growing up to this point.
My Orange trees have been growing in an interesting manner. I've begun the process of turning them into Bonsai trees. I snipped a few suckers off and waited for the new ones to come in where I like. So far, they're both doing well considering I hacked off sizable branches from both. I still have a ways to go before I'm completed but I figured I'd give them a chance to force out new branches before I get cut happy again.
The Aloe Vera, both my cousin's held plants and my own are doing well. My cousin's plants I rooted for her are doing so well, I don't know what to do with them. They're getting so big now that I'm running out of room for them in their present locations. I'm going to get a nice big pot for them and sink them into some fresh soil. I have confidence that they'll take.
The coleus, due to lack of space, is still sitting in water but even those are shooting up like crazy. I'm going to clip them a bit tomorrow to encourage their branching out.
The Lemongrass...wow! I had no idea it would get so out of control when I grew those seeds. Initially, it only grew a small amount before dying back. I never thought it would get much bigger than that inital growth. I'm glad to have been wrong though. While it's not growing straight up, it's almost as long as I am tall. It's presently draping itself over other plants and trying to grow through the shades on my windows again this year. I think I need a bigger pot for it all.
The Snake plant is growing well, as are the satellite Snake plants downstairs. I still have those water rooted cuttings in the medicine bottle and they all still seem to be alive.
Last but not least, coming full circle, the other African Violet plant. It's thriving despite the loss of several of its leaves in growth experiments. I'm hoping it will bloom again this year and put on an even heavier amount of growth than it already has.
That's all. I'll try to take pictures tomorrow of everything I've mentioned. :)
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Category: Hydroculture | Posted: Sun May 03, 2015 12:32 am
I'm getting an Aerogarden! I'm getting an Aerogarden!
I am unbelievably excited about finally getting an Aerogarden Ultra LED. I've been fascinated with the technology for months now but haven't had the resources available to get it before yesterday.
Well, it's in the process of being shipped by Amazon now. I'm eagerly anticipating getting it and will be doing a series of YouTube videos on my experiences with it via my YouTube channel.
My short term goal is to grow the seed kit that comes with the machine. In this case, it's the Gourmet Herbs kit. Eventually, I'd like to get a few more and have full scale production going in my home for Tomatoes, Peppers, Strawberries, Chard and, of course, Herbs.
My reasons for this are two-fold. One, I'd like to satiate my curiosity about the technology and become more proficient in it than I currently am. Two, I'd like to grow some food for the house. While I no longer live in a food desert, fresh produce is very hard to come by given my income level. I am hoping that, with this purchase, I can be on my way to reliably providing a source of fruits and vegetables for the household.
That's the hope anyway. Now, to put it into practical application.
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