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The new apartment does not have any patio or balcony space, so I'll have to harvest what I can & let the rest die, I guess.

It's a really frustrating situation. If I had any idea earlier this year that we'd be moving, I would not have begun this project in the first place.
novapsyche: roasted asparagus, artfully arranged (asparagusroasted)
My tomato plant tipped over.

Two branches came off, as well as twenty unripened fruit & seven semi- to fully ripened ones. That's almost half of all of what had developed on the plant.
novapsyche: roasted asparagus, artfully arranged (asparagusroasted)
Tonight, as I was walking in the door from a trip downtown, I decided to check my plants (oh, and water them). Some of them still look great (basil, parsley, rosemary). The chive plant is still browning here & there; I'll be removing the dried fronds tomorrow. Sage: no change. Oregano: definitely on its way out.

The mint. Oh, the poor thing.

Earlier this week, when I was watering it, I'd noticed that it had sprouted some new growth after I'd cut some top nodes a few weeks prior. The new growth was unaffected by the yellow spotting that the rest of it seemed to have. I thought that was a good sign, since I had already separated the oregano from the mint.

Today, however, I noticed that there seemed to be almost burn marks through much of the old growth & the yellowing was spreading. I flipped over a leaf & found rust. That was one of the hypothetical creatures that could have attacked the oregano to begin with, but its leaves were so small that I couldn't really tell.

The mint was infested.

I just spent about ten, maybe fifteen minutes practically denuding the plant. I left only the new growth. The stalks look like miniature palm trees. Even some of the new growth had to be removed.

If the plant comes back after this, I'll be amazed. But, I figure, sometimes you have to amputate in order to save the patient.
novapsyche: roasted asparagus, artfully arranged (asparagusroasted)
I mentioned before that one of my friends from work gave me a tomato plant. I had not planned on growing "real" vegetables (I say that even though tomatoes are actually fruits) but it was a gift. So I planted it in too small a container (only a 10", 3-qt. size) & set about treating it like my other plants.

So far it has done pretty well. It's more than twice its original height & has bushed out (I'm pretty sure that's not a real phrase) considerably. Two weeks ago, I noticed it had brought forth some little yellow blooms. Last week, I saw that one had shriveled; I implored the plant to not be dying. To my delight, I saw very soon the first tiny green tomato emerge from that withered bloom. Now there are three of these fruit, with several more blooms about to emerge.

The herbs seem to be doing fairly well. I noticed that my chives & thyme are both getting light green and/or drying up somewhat. I water every day but only feed once a week, so I'm wondering if I should beef up that schedule. Meanwhile, the oregano seems to have contracted some sort of spotting disease. Nearly all of the leaves are spotted & turning yellow. I think it's a disease because the mint plant also showed signs of this & they were adjacent to each other. The oregano has again shown signs that it's going into flower; this time I will not attempt to halt this process.

I bought a stevia plant two weeks ago. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it.

The basil is gangbusters. I find myself having to pinch back growth not because I want any leaves but to halt "legginess". I still have four stalks that are way too tall.

The sage, sadly, might be in its last throes. I took too long in transplanting it, which resulted in stunted growth. It might make a recovery but the leaves now are almost all silver when previously they were vigorously green.
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I got one more basil seedling, as it appeared that my current one might be on the verge of ceding.

So today I transplanted the new basil as well as the mint, curly parsley, flat-leaf parsley & chives (which look markedly improved--some shoots are at attention again). Only the sage & spinach remain in their original planters.

I didn't have enough soil for the new transplants, so I had to run to the nursery for more.

For a "cheap" method of getting fresh herbs into my recipes, I sure have invested a lot of time & money into this project.
novapsyche: roasted asparagus, artfully arranged (asparagusroasted)
After a very long work week (overtime--nearly unheard of at my company), I finally was able to snag some planters at Meijer. Nothing fancy but affordable. I got only four, plus some other supplies (trowel, potting soil).

When I got home, I collected some stones & pebbles. Then I went to work, transplanting the rosemary, thyme, basil & oregano into fresh, rocky soil.

I have two more planters (which were here already) but I ran out of soil. I'll get more this week, along with some perlite or vermiculite, after the project at work is over.

Everything moves apace.

(The cilantro did die. I picked up a packet of seeds, though, in case I want another go-round.)
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So this weekend, as it was so warm, I decided to move my plants outside into direct sunshine.

I did encounter a website that suggested that one "harden off" indoor plants (exposing them to increasing direct sunlight over several days) so as to give them the best chance.

However, on day two (partial & complete daylight time outside), as I was clearing out the dead leaves of the cilantro seedling (there were several) I noticed a copious amount of aphids not just on the plant itself but moving in & out of the soil. Considering how much close proximity all the plants shared on my windowsill, there was no way any of them were going back in the house.

So it's Day 2 of absolute complete direct sunlight & exposure (middle day is the joining of the Venn diagram).

The cilantro plant is on the way to the grave; there's no doubt. I wish I could save it, as cilantro is a flavor I've been really trying to cultivate on my palate recently, but if it's store-bought from now until next season that's just the way it's going to have to be.

The chives look sad. Probably not an aphid issue, as aphids avoid chives, but something has not been good for it.

The main plants to look to perhaps survive are the rosemary (hardy!), thyme, oregano (if the whiteflies [which came with the plant from the nursery] do not sap it dry), curly parsley, sage (maybe--I inadvertently overwatered it yesterday) & mint (perhaps). I want the basil to survive, but it had signs of damping off (mold on the soil) a couple of days ago, so that's touch & go. Pretty sure all others are doomed. Even the spinach looks like it's 50/50.

At least this means I won't over-invest in larger planters for replanting. *sigh*
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I went back to the gardening store & picked up two more seedlings, basil & chives. I was very pleased to see the latter, as I love the flavor of chives/green onions.

So that's a full windowsill now. The unfortunate thing is that, while I have a southfacing window, there's this huge overhang above it, so the plants don't get nearly as much sunshine as they need. I don't want to set them outside yet, as nightfall is still pretty chilly. At the same time, I'm fighting the urge to go out & buy a fluorescent light structure so as to string it up somewhere here in my bedroom. These herbs were meant as a convenient addition to my cooking attempts, not as a project unto themselves.

But they're totally becoming a project. I'm delving into gardening articles & online communities just as much as I did with cooking when I started getting into that activity. I don't have a yard, merely a concrete patio. I lost my previous gardening supplies after my sister's basement flooded & mold crept into all of my belongings stored there. I'm starting from scratch and, after pricing the next largest planters at the gardening store, I really don't have the budget to get too serious about this. So I need to--pardon the expression--nip this in the bud right away. (I do want to transplant these seedlings at some point, though, as their growth will get stunted for sure in such tiny flowerpots.)
novapsyche: a young girl sitting with her fist up to her chin, her face turned away, ringed by a blue crescent (crescentgirl)
Today I went to the gardening store to purchase planters of fresh herbs. They were having a "buy one, get next 1/2 off" sale, so I picked up eight small flowerpots filled with cilantro, mint, oregano, sage, thyme, flat-leaf parsley, curly parsley & rosemary.

These were meant to accompany the small bit of "living basil" I'd purchased just yesterday at the grocery store, but that plant is dying, so I will need to replace it.

Having fresh herbs at my fingertips will aid me greatly as I continue to experiment with cooking. I'm very pleased with my investment.


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