Garden Update: May 14, 2014

It’s been about two weeks since I last posted about my little container garden. I figured it’s a good time to show you how things are doing and confirm or deny any suspicions I had about my plants’ longevity.

My how the tables have turned for some of these little seedlings. I think my daily pep talks full of words of encouragement had a little something to do with the rapid growth of a few of my plants. Others (looking at you cucumbers) maybe weren’t my favorite children to start with anyway.

Wowza! Look at those tomatoes grow! (P.S. I gave each plant it’s own glamour shot this time with my fancy camera.)


Not that I ever doubted the fortitude of the tomato plants, but I was pleasantly surprised to see just how well they are doing. The Super Sweet 100 cherry tomato plant on the right has ever started growing little flowers this week (not pictured). Aww! The two regular tomato plants are a Pink Brandywine Heirloom and a Red Beefsteak Heirloom.

 

My eggplant is a proud little plant, reaching for the stars and all that! The zucchini plant on the left lost almost all of the leaves when initially planted, probably due to hard rain, wind and other “elements”, but now has all new growth! Something must be working! The two squash on the left and right are Black Beauty Zucchini and plant in the back is the Black Beauty Eggplant.

If you haven’t noticed, the cucumbers have new neighbors. I tentatively say cucumbers in the plural tense because on of the plants seems to have ceased to be. It lost all of it’s leaves a while back and I pinched it off to the stem. That stem became increasingly smaller and has now descended into the dirt, unable to be found. I’ll give it some time before I replace it. The other cucumber plant is “meh” but still alive. In other news, the leeks and chives are thriving in their roomier planter. They started standing upright for the first time this past week! They’re evolving… The varieties are the Burpless Hybrid Cucumber, Leeks and Onion Chives.

StrawberriesStrawberries! The plant on the right is taking off. The plant on the left is… questionable.  The leaves that were originally there died off, but new growth has emerged. Not sure what’s up with this big stick that’s growing out of the center. Is that normal for a strawberry plant? These two varieties are Ozark Beauty and Allstar.

I had such high hopes for my Rosemary, so much so that I think I became over exuberant and watered it TOO MUCH! Now it’s wilting a bit (see the second photo, it’s become more brown since today) so it’s under a strict Do Not Water order for the foreseeable future.

Peppers

Aye carumba! The jalapeno has really impressed me. Too bad I will probably never eat it (this was a request by Mike). The Red Bell Pepper is in there, just not as tall as the jalapeno. It’s a little sad looking, but still alive and kicking.

Dill is the herb I am most looking forward to using from my garden this summer. Assuming my cucumbers grow, I’d love to make this Cucumber Sour Cream & Dill Salad with my homegrown ingredients.

Sidebar: While I was an intern with the Post & Courier back home in Charleston, I went on an assignment that required me to go out on a boat in deep sea to photograph decommissioned tanks being pushed off a giant barge to create a future reef habitat. Pretty cool until about halfway out when I realized I’d never been on a boat in deep, choppy water before and the thought hadn’t crossed my mind that I might be prone to seasickness. As I doubled over the side of the boat, tossing the contents of my stomach overboard, I realized my grave mistake. Upon return from the assignment, the reporter I was working with that day, Bo Petersen, suggested we stop for lunch at the Low Country Produce Farm Stand outside of Beaufort. I had the most amazing pita pocket sandwich with a dill sauce to dip in and I don’t know if it was because I was so hungry and tired or if it really was that good, but ever since then I’ve been a huge fan of that little herb we call dill.

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