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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Update on My Organic Veggie Garden

I came back after an extra long weekend trip to San Francisco, and although our pet sitter watered my plants and my veggies, the big plants (cucumber and zucchini) were starting to get yellow leaves at the bottom. At first I thought it was because the pet sitter didn't water them often enough (due to the small pots, I had been watering the plants every day because the soil would dry out quickly from the hot weather). She only watered them twice during our 5 days away.

Later I realized it was because these plants were outgrowing the little yogurt cups! I started to see a maze of roots starting to poke out. Wow, they are really searching for more space! So, finally, I made some time yesterday and replanted all of them into bigger pots and those long plant trays. I was so proud of myself because it was my first time using my new gardening tools and I actually started to feel like a beginning gardener. I purchased these on sale at Anthropologie.
I was so happy to give my plants some sun, but unfortunately, by the time I finished, the sun was behind buildings and wouldn't come back until the next day. I woke up this morning excited to see how my plants would do in their new environment and was happy that they would be getting some real sunlight since indoors there isn't much direct sunlight. I'm surprised they grew at all with so little sunlight.

My excitement died when I realized that it was a cloudy day. And then it turned to horror when a storm came in and started to pour...heavily. Oh no! My little plants were going to drown! There are no holes in the bottom of my pots. There was nothing I could do. It was too rainy to go outside, so I just hoped that it would all end soon and that I could go outside and drain them.

It was quite a feat to drain the pots. As I poured the water out, the soil went with it. And I couldn't get all the water out, so these plants are excessively watered. The soil went all over the plants themselves, so they no longer looked like the beautiful house plants from the day before. The tiny lettuce and mesclun leaves were flattened out, along with the sweet peppers, bunching onions, and spinach. Oh so sad. I'm hoping that they are strong and can reach up to the sun (and hopefully the sun will be out today) to continue growing.

Other people must use pots that have holes at the bottom. Such a novice mistake I made. I mistakenly assumed I could use indoor pots outside. They look more beautiful after all. The long trays are made for outdoors, but somehow those don't come with holes either. Not sure why.

I don't have a picture of the plants right now since I hadn't anticipated writing about it, but now that I have, I'll try to take a picture. I wish I had a before picture to show you how nicely it was all planted.

My basil plants are doing fine. I kept those indoors. Lucky them!

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