You should consider this blog to be an experiment more than anything else. I can't say I know what I'm doing, but I am doing what I know and i'm learning as I go!Ask me anything
I’ve been a little disheartened by the state of my patio garden of late. Mostly because my patio is constantly windy and it makes survival for my plants a lot harder than it should be.
With that said, as I went out this morning to reposition the plants I saw something as I was heading back in. What I saw was simply my pepper plant still being blown in the wind after I had moved it, so I decided to try to reposition it again. In doing so I was shocked ( and even more so because I hadn’t noticed sooner ) to find not one but TWO peppers growing on it
I’ve had a lot of the sprouts, or whatever they are called, fall off due to the wind. I wasn’t even really sure where the peppers grew from, but I assumed it would be the sprouts that were falling off. indeed I was right, and it seems that even through all the wind the peppers are still coming to life!
In other garden news, one Cucumber plant seems to have fallen victim to the wind, and the Strawberry plant doesn’t seem to be surviving it’s bout with spider mites. The lavender plants seem to flower to a point and then fall off quickly, while the basil plants from seed ( and the starter plants ) are still growing strong!
More to come!
There have been a lot of ups and downs in my garden as of late. The Strawberry plant fell victim to Spider Mites. We’ll see if it can rebound. Gnats are aplenty and I’m fighting them off as best I can. And the wind is a beast! It just seems that my balcony is a tricky place to grow plants.
However, there are a few plants that seem to be doing A-OK ( or are atlest putting up a hell of a fight! ), and it makes this whole experiment more than worth it.
Over the past few months I’ve been introduced to a lot of new bugs, thanks to my plants! Here are some I was able capture. I could only identify a few of them.
Here are some photos of the aftermath of the BBG plant sale from earlier this month. As of today ( 5/28 ) most of the plants are on the paito… and most are alive and well! So much green!
This little guy which you’ve seen in a pervious post didn’t make it. He was my first real causality of gardening. He was liven his life strong all the way up until I put him in the pot. What went wrong you ask? Well, I’m still not sure. He quickly started to yellow and his stalks were easily pulled out. Unfortunately the same thing happened with the second celery plant I started.
I’ll definitely review this and try again, making some adjustments along the way.
Rebloging this for my followers interested in orchids! I’m not quite ready for an Orchid yet with all the other things i’m doing, but I know some of you are :)
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Q: I love the elegance and the exotic feel of an orchid, but every time one winds up in my care, I find myself with a dead orchid after a short while. I do well with my other houseplants and like to think I have a green thumb. Are orchids really just that difficult? I was thinking about getting one for someone as a Valentine’s present but I don’t want it to die — it would be a bad omen.
A: Orchids are a lovely gift (for so many reasons), but they are not just temporary. Orchids have a few tips and tricks. They are a little bit different from other houseplants, but no more difficult.
Q: That’s sort of a relief. How can I keep the flowers in my home longer?
A: Flowering time on any houseplant is limited, and orchids are no different. While their bloom duration can, and often does, exceed consecutive months, they will eventually go off bloom. Losing the flower does not mean that your plant is dead or diminish the beauty of the plant itself. Check out the form of the leaves, the root structure, rhizomes, pseudo bulbs…
Backing up a bit to 2011, which was my first year growing stuff, I had started a few veggies and some flowers late in the summer / early fall. As I mentioned before, almost nothing lasted as the effort was too little to late. However, there were 2 plants that when brought inside ( and put under a regular light bulb ) continued to grow. These 2 plants are my Lavender plants.
I started these guys from seed and boy have they been run through there paces! Fighting every step of the way, these plants have managed to find a home here while making it through this light winter. These 2 plants are my first real success!
Because I had never grown Lavender ( or anything ) before, I just let it grow as it wanted to for the most part. Considering the light situation alone wasn’t ideal, I figured the plant would figure out how to get the light it needed, and it did! These Lavender plants sent out shoots to help grab as much light as it could get, and it used that light to grow and grow and grow!
Now the plants have become tall, a bit lanky and definitely top heavy! They have been been trying very hard to flower. I’m guessing that until I can get them outside with some better light / air conditions they won’t fully flower at all, but I could be wrong, and it’s something I’m keeping an eye on.
For now tho, I’ve been letting the plants try to bloom from time to time, but I’m mostly pruning the flowers to help keep the plants healthy until I get them outside. I’m also going to try to help shape them a bit, and see if I can get them to branch out more from the bottom.
Below are some shots of the plants over time, all the way up to their current state. I seemingly forgot to take picks when they were small, but I’ll post some more pics once they’ve been outside for a bit so we can see how they’ve grown!