This one’s for you, Nic!
It’s Friday. Chill, smoove Friday. I could tell you about going to Lark Tavern last night and seeing one of Albany John’s brother’s bands play (State of Estates? Something Estate? I can’t remember, but they were good) and staying up and scarfing down half a dozen cookies for a midnight snack. But instead, I’m gonna show you what’s been growing on at mi casa.
I got the egg things at Dollar Tree. Albany John pointed them out. They’re more for Easter, but looked cool for planting stuff. And since they’re domed it’s like they are their own contained system.
The sweaty yellow egg on the left is my sweet marjoram and it’s not doing so well. Meh.
I think there’s basil in Pinky.
I had eggplant growing in the green egg temporarily, but transplanted it last weekend to larger containers and dug up a hunk of chives from the lawn. I don’t think the egg is deep enough to support the root system, so I’m going to try a beer can later this weekend. There are a lot of chives in my lawn this year. And my crazy neighbor’s lawn. Boy, they populated a LOT last year! And there’s two leek nubbins in there too. You can grow scallions in containers from the little bit of white root nubbin, so we’re giving that a try with the leeks.
On the very far end are some scallion nubbins we had left over and stuck in half of the dirt. The other half of the purple egg has cat nip in it.
Not sure if you can see past that, but I’ve also got a little cuppie of dirt in it with some purple basil that’s sprouted but hasn’t done much else. I’ll give it time.
These babies are my pride and joy! Because they are the most successful, ergo a reflection of my growing capabilities. And can I just say, I LOVE peat pellets? They have made growing stuff much easier than growing from dirt. I’m just sayin’. Great for a novice gardener like myself.
On the left side of the egg carton are San Marzano tomatoes. I’d like to see what all the hoopla is with these tomatoes. I got the organic/heirloom kind – not sure if using peat pellets cancels that out, but I think growing them myself is a good thing. I have to grow the tomatoes inside because Albany John’s got The Blight outside last year, so the soil’s F’ed.
On the right side are poppy flowers. When I water and move the container around, sometimes the poppy pellets fall out, and I keep catching myself shout “Aiii, Poppy!”. Oh yeeeaahhh.
Prominently growing in the back are Nasturtium. They’re organic, too. I mean, it’s not like we’re gonna cook them before we eat them. Mama Amherst has grown and put flowers in her salads. I didn’t know you could do that until I met her! I mean, sure, upscale restaurants do it, but I didn’t realize it was possible at home. She’s so effortlessly chic. And quite the green thumb, too. So that makes me really happy that these are doing so well.
Oh, duh. I’m just going to chuck the chives I yanked out of the ground in here. Organic chives. In vases. In other news, I’m finally using some of the many vases from my wedding. I didn’t put enough dirt in here, so they’re not getting as much sun as they could have.
Oh well – I’ll just plant them at my mom’s. She’s given me the go ahead to turn her yard into a garden. I was going to do it any way, but it’s nice to know that now she’s not going to kill me for it.
Basil on the left. This is the organic kind. They’re just hanging out at this size so far. But they aren’t dying, which to me is an indication that they’re doing well.
However, the dill on the right just isn’t doing so well. Maybe I’ll put them in some peat pots as well.
D’oh! I completely forgot to take a picture of some other stuff. Some of it is dying, others aren’t. What I’ve learned so far is that mold isn’t a complete killer. At least not the white stuff from overwatering. Also, gardening isn’t cheap. I’ve spent close to $60 on seeds, dirt, containers, and gardening gear. Yikes! But hopefully that will pay off when I have lots of basil and other food to eat this summer. Kind of sort of. Maybe.
Am I overcrowding stuff, do I need to re-pot some stuff? Lemme know so I don’t let the Black Thumb of Death continue its reign!