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Gardening at the house

I was so excited when we bought the house that the previous owners had a couple garden boxes started. We got a few cucumbers and tomatoes from them before the tomato worms got the best of the plants.

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Now I have cleaned them out and am trying some fall crops with broccoli and cauliflower. I hope they work out.

That pic was taken just after I planted on October 27th. Here’s what they look like a few weeks later and after enduring a few frosty nights.
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Not too shabby!

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So somehow last summer I missed posting this, so instead of a garden update from last year, I’m changing it to a comparison of this year vs last year, almost exactly to the day too.

Christmas cactus and unidentified succulent. 2011

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2012

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I really thought the Christmas cactus was a goner after last year but it is doing well.

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Tomatoes 2011.

The tomatoes mostly failed last year, except for one plant that produced about 4 tomatoes.

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Spinach. Didn’t last very long, not even long enough to make a proper salad. Not attempting this year.

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Cilantro 2011- died shortly after this was taken. No attempts this year.

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Jalapeno plant 2011. Got infested with some bugs and I didn’t want the infestation to spread to my other stuff so I threw it out. Didn’t buy another this year.

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2011. Grew basil from seed. Had way too much until it started to get that chemical-y smell and I tossed it all out. This year I bought a plant instead.

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Prayer plant 2011. I didn’t think it was going to make it but it rallied in the past year.

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2012

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Flapjack 2011. RIP.

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Chives 2011. Still kicking it this year.

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Lettuce 2011. Died shortly after. Like the spinach, barely enough to make a proper salad.

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So this is my mutant cherry tomato plant.

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You might recall, it looked like this just about 3 weeks ago.

And now it’s grown to about 5 feet wide and almost 4 feet tall. You can barely see the other tomato plant to the left, since the mutant is clearly overshadowing it. Thank goodness I had an old, holey pair of tights in my drawer. I’ve been using strips of tights to tie the branches of the plant up, since a regular cage won’t work in my planter box.

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Here’s what the mutant looks like from the parking lot.

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The first bunch of cherry tomatoes is starting to turn, and there are at least 10 more bunches. I can’t wait to eat fresh, home-grown cherry tomatoes this summer.

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The only other things of note in my patio garden are the beans. I had high hopes for my green beans, but after picking about 10 beans, the plants had enough of the heat and promptly began a slow death. (Note to self, start earlier next year.)

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The snap peas still give me a tiny glimmer of hope since they keep growing taller and taller, but there haven’t been any blooms, so I’ll just keep waiting, likely until they die.

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I don’t have a picture, but the basil, chives and rosemary are doing great. The onions are doing fine, but still have a long way to go.

And last, the giant peace lily that I always keep in the dark corner of the patio is doing really awesome this year and has put out almost 10 blooms so far.

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For the past few years, when the weather gets warm, I try to plant a few edible things on the patio. This year I found a cool planter that has a raised bottom with a water reservoir. It’s on rolling wheels too so it is easy to move around. Here’s what it looks like. (This is the one I bought.)

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I attempted red onions, a couple tomato plants, some snap peas and some green beans. Here’s how things looked on April 11th.

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On the far left you can barely see the onion greens growing. The tomatoes were doing pretty well (they were already several inches tall when I planted) and then beans I attempted to put in the planter did not do well. (On the top you’ll see my Christmas cactus and prayer plant.)

Now, just over two weeks later, the onions have taken off, as have the tomato plants. I’m having some trouble with the flowers just snapping off one plant (I’ve looked for a worm, but haven’t found one, and even dusted with Sevin dust.)

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Here’s a blurry shot of the tomatoes starting to grow. One plant is cherry tomatoes and the other is 2 inch tomatoes.

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I also figured out that putting the beans in a different container would be best, and they are doing really well. There are already green beans growing!

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The snap peas are a little behind because I had to start over with them about two weeks after the green beans. Hopefully they’ll take off soon. (Check out the mini rosebush and succulents in the background.)

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I’ve also got some chives have have been doing well for almost a year.

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And here’s just another small sampling of my succulents. I’ve got too many offspring plants and I really need to stop letting them grow. Or maybe I should start giving them as gifts.

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I hope you liked seeing what’s growing in my patio “garden”. I’ve also got rosemary, basil, a peace lily, and a couple other random things out there too, but mostly, in the summer I like trying to grow stuff I can eat. I’ll let you know how things turn out when they are ready to eat.

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Flowers

I have this succulent that I got from my mother-in-law a few years ago. It’s grown quite large, and I’m not exactly sure what kind of plant it is, but recently it started flowering and the flowers are pretty cool.

Here is the what the whole plant looks like and what the beginning stages of the flowers looked like. (PS Do you know what kind of plant this is?)

The middle stage, with some of the flowers already blooming. This is my favorite picture, mostly because of the crispness and some of the water droplets I managed to capture.

And last, here’s one with almost all the buds blooming.

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My patio has a lot going on right now. My prayer plant that almost died is coming back, my aloe plant is perking back up, the Christmas cactus is doing well and my succulent (don’t know what kind it is) is showing new growth. The peace lily really doesn’t like the sunlight so much, so I might move it back inside or in a shadier part of the patio.

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I’m also growing more basil than I know what to do with (pesto anyone!) This isn’t even all of it. I forgot a picture of the chives im also growing.

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This little succulent almost didn’t make it thought the cold winter, but it’s putting on new growth which is a good sign.

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And something I’ve never tried before, roma¬†tomatoes! I’ve got 4 planted, so hopefully they do well. So far they aren’t dead from overfertilization, so that’s a¬†good sign.

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How about you? Growing anything good?

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