I realised last week that I’d not updated you all since my post from March where I contemplated doing a spot of gardening. Well, t’was not long after that I turned my bathroom into a makeshift greenhouse for a variety of seedlings, etc. I have still got the outside plastic one, but find that if I put things in it I forget to water them.
My 3 tomato plants are a couple of feet high now? Something like that. The first flower buds came through last week and are slowly opening. I think this is a good sign :) I did try and put them outside (I’ve got them in big pots) but they started to wilt quite badly. I had remembered to water them, and the weather wasn’t too hot or cold, so I’m not sure why. Anyway, I’ve brought them back inside and they have since recovered, but some of the stalky-branch-type bits are curling around themselves. It’s quite weird, and I’m not sure if it’s normal!
Two strawberry plants that I bought from the gardening centre are doing well. What I don’t understand is why although they were bought at the same time, and are receiving the same amount of light and water, one has produced 7-8 flowers (a couple of which are visibly turning into fruit now :D ) and yet t’other one is all leafy with no flowers or fruit? My strawberry seeds came to nothing. Only one actually did anything and is still sat at an inch high, despite having been planted at the same time as the tomatoes.
My (sweet) pepper plants are about 6 inches high and I’ve no idea what happens next with these things. Do they flower? Do they magically produce fruit from nowhere? Do they even do anything in the first year?
Talking of “first year”, I bought some rhubarb with the intention of making it grow nice and big for next year, but ended up killing it. Yes, that’d be my watering problem :P Nearly did the same to my courgette but have rescued it and it’s growing again. I “stressed” my coriander, which is now flowering, and forgot that I’d put some seed potatoes in the back of a cupboard so ended up up with 12 inch high sprouts. I don’t think they’re any good and have chucked ’em out.
So I figure I’m really not a green-fingered goddess, but I’m getting there. I’ll try and remember to update you on the success of my front garden at some point…