The aubergine has flowers!
The Aphid War - Debrief
We won the war, but took some damage. The solution that destroyed the aphids also took a toll on the plants. They are bruised and battered, but will survive. After talking with some green thumbs, their suggestion is to remove the oil from the armory. Oil will destroy your plants…fact (blast you eHow…you own me some peppers). Apparently, using a soap and water solution should do...
Those aren't sesame seeds...
Aphids! Flipping APHIDS!!! They’ve set up camp on my habanero plants and I hate them. According to eHow, a combination of lady bugs and a vegetable oil, dish soap, and water mixture should do the trick. Now, I shall go to war and I have a feeling that I will slaughter. Farewell aphid family, I hope I never see you again.
That’s Thai Basil in Thai…unless Google Translate is a liar. Today seemed like the right day to transplant the basil. Say goodbye to your styrofoam cups, it’s time to bunk up with the dill and mint.
One of the pea plants has had a baby! Once it grows up, I am going to eat it…and it will be delicious. That’s how it works, right? Vegetables are plant babies? In all seriousness, I am elated. I did a lot of reading on container gardening before starting this project and not all of what I read was promising. A lot of people wrote about how hard it is and how your set up has to...
A new addition.
A few days ago I gave my good friend Ron some bush beans in a container. After planting the bush beans in her garden, she gave back the container, filled with dirt and couple zucchini seeds. She’s a thoughtful one. The seeds quickly sprouted and seem to be growing with a fury.
It's been kind of windy out.
Winnipeg has been windy for the past couple days. That, along with the us being up on the 7th floor has created a less than ideal balcony environment. So the plants have taken over our entire living room. I’m sure it will be small price to pay for what’s to come.
Another casualty...Kory (not that I'm playing the...
One of the jalapeno plants died…Kory. Today’s diagnosis is death by dehydration. The lesson learned is when a plant is in a small container, it needs to be watered especially if it is taken out onto the balcony in 26ºC weather for the entire day…Kory (I hope you’re reading this).
We have flowers!
The bush beans and peas have flowers! I’m starting to think that this may actually work. I have noticed a couple fruit flies and a beetle or two around the plants and I am considering them good luck rather then a nuisance.
I figured I should tell you a bit about the daily routine. Our apartment has a balcony, which is wonderful. It faces South, so for the majority of the day the sun floods the entire area creating the best case scenario for an apartment garden. The seedlings are still too fragile to stay out over night, so we bring the plants outside first thing in the morning and bring them in around 5pm or...
The tarragon plants have reanimated. Nature is definitely a crazy mother.
The plants are starting to look like proper plants! The peas have grabbed ahold of the lattice and are making their climb upwards. The bush beans really are starting to look like a bush. The broccoli look the same. I’ve never grown broccoli before, so I’m not sure what it’s supposed to look like, but they look like the broccoli sprouts that you would by at the grocery...
Jalapenos - Large container vs. Styrofoam cup
Definitely a difference. The jalapeno seedlings that went directly from the seed tray to the large containers are not doing as great as the ones that went into the smaller cup. There is a huge difference in size and general healthiness. My suggestion is not to skip the middle step.