Gardening: Week Six

April 18, 2010

I’m still waiting on the black thumb to make it’s inevitable appearance.  I know it’s coming.  But in the meantime, everything is growing like crazy.  Chris tells me things are still overcrowded, that I can’t imagine how much more things are going to grow.  I try to listen but he’s thrown up his hands and told me he’s letting me learn that lesson the hard way.  We’ll see.  I’m just as concerned about bugs and what’s going to happen when the daily afternoon thunderstorms arrive, dumping way too much water.  I hope I’ve planned ahead well enough and have adequate drainage.

Jack discovered two baby tomatoes Friday morning.  Yesterday afternoon I counted seven.By this morning, I lost count.Even the plant that didn’t take too kindly to being transplanted and had to be pruned a bit now has baby ‘maters.Little bits of green are starting to show up in the pot where I sprinkled lavender seeds.The pepper blossoms are pretty but I can’t wait to find baby peppers.They’re growing tall and full though, and full of blossoms.  I love seeing the tiny leaves unfurl.The basil we started from seed is growing well, most of them with fourth sets of leaves now.The rest of the  basil is huge and a big bunch of it is destined for the dinner table tonight for Pesto and Penne.The rosemary, thyme and oregano are doing well.  And all my pots in a row, full of green, look pretty on the pool deck.

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Memoria April 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Karen, how do you know which leaves to pick for cooking without damaging the rest of the lot? I’ve never grown basil (or any other plant, for that matter) before.

Karen Bove April 20, 2010 at 6:14 am

I’m a gardening newbie too but I’m just picking a few large leaves from the bottom of each plant, pruning it a bit. There’s still plenty of new growth.

Amy from She Wears Many Hats April 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Such lush green. Like always your photography inspires me on to better myself. And now the gardeners green thumb seems to be taking hold of you as well. Beautiful stuff. Can’t wait to see how the lavender does. Mine bit the dust last year. Maybe I should try again.

Karen Bove April 21, 2010 at 7:48 am

Amy, your photography is pretty inspiring too. Don’t sell yourself short!

I’m not terribly hopeful for the lavender’s long-term chances. Everything I’ve read says it’s difficult to grow it here in FL but I still can’t shake the vision of fresh, fragrant lavender all over the house :)

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