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It's that time again! Where I natter endlessly about my tiny plants.

As you can see, just about everything from the first planting has sprouted. The spinach has almost outgrown its bounds and is well on its way to taking over the entire tray. (Time to plant it soon, I think.)

Nothing from the second planting (thyme, basil, summer savoury, eggplant and zucchini) has come up yet. I've taken to glaring at it and comparing it loudly with the other plants, hoping to shame it into growing.

If I wasn't sure before, I'm sure now: I planted too many tomato seeds too close together.

But I didn't think they'd all grow! Everybody kept telling me how hard tomatoes are! (Lies! All lies!) I'm going to have to go in there soon with a tiny spoon and transplant each single solitary sprout to its own pot, I'm afraid. Once I get more dirt.

Like the spinach, the pumpkin plants have decided it's too cool for this pot bullshit and are exploding in every conceivable direction. I'm definitely not going to be able to keep all of these, since apparently two plants take up two square feet of soil. So I guess Mum will get pumpkins this year.

Saturday (When This Thrice-Cursed Semester Is Over, Amen), the roomie, maelie and I are venturing to the garden centre for dirt, more seeds, more pots, balcony flowers, artemisiabrisol's flowers for the garden, and various balcony-planting-acoutrements.

And big hats.

Gardening. It's weirdly satisfying. Alas, we will probably not also be fighting crime while doing it, since neither of us has a horticulture degree (Arts majors both) or has been cast aside by cheating husbands, but you never know. Apparently the community garden has a vegetable-stealing problem. There could be adventure!

Okay - time to get ready for work. Then come home and work. And then Thursday, there will be leisure! That's my whole plan for the day! Sleeping, tea, gardening, and possibly sewing. (I need to make a start on maelie's dress soon or she'll be naked at that wedding.)


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Apr. 14th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
Aww, I love these posts. I have my babies on top of the DVD player at the moment as I've been sewing nonstop and that means Star Trek!
Apr. 15th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Mine unfortunately had to be high up, due to Dog. :)
Apr. 14th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
Eggplants take FOR EVER. Give them time and they'll come up eventually. The zucchini are more worrying, as they generally pop out of the containers before they can get dirt on top of them.

ALSO, the suggested distancing of plants is to get the most production PER PLANT not the most production PER SQUARE METRE. You can plant them closer, they just might not get as many/as large of fruit.
Apr. 15th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
See, now you've got me all worried about my zucchini. THANKS. :P
Apr. 15th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
Haha, and I just went to water everybody now and there's a wee little zucchini shoot there that wasn't there this morning. I guess the shaming worked. :)
Apr. 14th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC)
Oh! And I did the exact same thing with tomatoes - if they come from a good seed company then like, 90% of them grow, and well.
Apr. 15th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, I bought like... local super-organic magical-powered... something. Tomato seeds. I shall just have to separate them, I guess.
Apr. 15th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
Yay for healthy wee sprouts! (The pumpkin's thick stalk is strangely cute.) Did you buy seeds for the green onions or save the roots from green onions brought from the supermarket? *curious*
Apr. 15th, 2010 02:41 am (UTC)
The pumpkins are huge! They're, like, doubling in size every three hours, or something. I could swear they're visibly growing.

I bought seeds for the green onions, but if I can't get any of them to go to seed by the end of the growing season, I may well do that for next year's. I'm hoping to get away with buying fewer seeds next year.
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