Saturday, May 7, 2011

Gardening Life and Death

It is with a heavy heart that I deliver this news to you. My beets are dead and so is one thyme plant.

It all started because of the freak weather we had this weekend. It was projected to be in the 40's on Sunday and Monday so I moved my tomatoes inside. I had just planted the beets in peat pots and so I left them inside too. Then by Tuesday it was 70 again so Tuesday night I moved them all outside. Wednesday morning I watered everyone before leaving for work. When I got home from work I found 6 dried and shriveled beets and 1 similarly conditioned thyme. The tomatoes were alive but not in great condition. 

I watered them as soon as I saw the plants, but the damage had been done. They were dead. I had a funeral. (Not really, but it would have been nice. Can you put flowers on the coffin of a dead plant?)

Right now I planted the tomatoes in the ground in hopes of retaining moisture. Outside and inside it is too dry and the dirt dries out in a few hours (less than 8). My hope is that by planting them in the dirt the moisture will stay at least a little longer. Basically I'm using the ground to keep the peat pots moist (because I transplanted the tomatoes in those too).

The good news is that things are living and I have some updates for you in the happy department.

First up are the plants that I planted in my second wave. From left to right we have: bell peppers (assorted variety), spinach, basil, lavender (the square is a replant, only 1 plant grew), oregano, thyme (I finally figured out which was which), and rosemary. The basil and the spinach are ready to be planted into something bigger because the roots are showing and extending into the mini irrigation system of the plastic.
Here is my one lavender plant. I really want this guy to grow. This one and the rosemary only recently sprouted, and I was just about to throw these away. I had to put him in a peat pot because this plant actually started sprouting on the outside of the starter.
Finally I bring you my tomatoes, fresh in the ground. Below is the one I left in the pot.
I also planted round three. This batch is artichoke, green chile, watermelon, and a cilantro replant. I got these starter pods (the square ones you see in the first picture) for free and they look really good. They are made from composted tree bark and have the consistency of a sponge. They seem really good at retaining moisture and require very little water. This makes it much easier to water each individual plant species. With my other starter pods, when they get dry they get really hard and it doesn't look very suitable for plant life.

Well that's enough rambling for now. I'll update again when something cool happens. Adios for now muchachos.

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