My Tomato Tree Weirdness

IMG_0956My tomato plant has turned into a tomato tree. I’m not really sure how to get it to stop growing up and to start producing tomatoes. The leaves at the bottom have all died and the flowers at the bottom have dried out. I’ve been watering the plant several times a week so I don’t see how it could be dry. Anyways, I’m open to advice 🙂 IMG_0957 IMG_0954 IMG_0948My cucumbers are doing so well! I can’t believe B-rad and I brought them back from the brink of death. I already have planned lamb burgers with tzatziki sauce for this week. If anything, I’m excited I got one of the three plants to produce.  IMG_0952 IMG_0955My flowers are growing. I wish I had realized they needed bigger pots. I mean they are so long and taking everything over, I think they are more outside in the wild type flowers. They are beautiful though.  IMG_0953The watermelons are finally flowering. The bad news is they started growing slightly off the ledge of our porch to find the sun. Since the cucumbers have attached their vines to the railing and started also grow over the railing. My idea is to tie a sling from the railing once /if the flowers start turning into watermelons.  IMG_0958These two cuties, for no reason other than I love them ❤

“Look at the sparrows; they do not know what they will do in the next moment. Let us literally live from moment to moment.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The Ups and Downs

I realized that I really enjoy updating this blog and I don’t do it enough. That I really don’t use my camera enough and it’s something that I enjoy doing and learning about. So I’m going to spend more time doing both and now onward.

In looking at my plants, I realized the watermelons were not really growing which is probably the only down with the plants I’m seeing. They weren’t doing bad but they aren’t growing in the same the cucumbers and tomatoes are. I started watching the sun and I’m thinking the cucumbers were blocking it. I flipped them around and they seem to be doing better. I also used some rods to encourage the cucumbers to grow up rather than taking over the whole planter. They have been growing crazy vines which makes it easy to have them grow up the rods.

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When we came back from vacation the flowers on the cucumber plant were turning into cucumbers! Very exciting! I’m guessing in a few weeks we should have some cucumbers.

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The tomato plant also has started to flower. It is also huge – it’s taller than I am. I don’t set the bar really high only being 5’0″ but still they are huge.

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Last update, some of the flower seeds I planted have started to bloom.

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Newly Sown Seeds

IMG_0635In seeing the success of my seedlings, I ordered heirloom seeds for flowers and lettuce. The flowers are edible and I need some mixed lettuce to go with my tomatoes and cucumbers. I ordered the seeds from Food52 #myf52 the link is below.

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Since these came as standard packs of seeds, I did some research on how to start them up. I went to homedepot.com and did some research to find these window green houses. I would love to have my own beautiful green house but alas my porch is not big enough. These were less than $3 and they are reusable. Home Depot sells the peat moss disks  or the plastic is recyclable. These are the disks after I poured 1 3/4 cups of water on them. The moss is not organic but there aren’t any fertilizers listed.

IMG_0636The instructions had me pull the netting open gently. I then fluffed the moss and put my seeds in. I did all of the flowers; Borage, Chamomile, Calendula, Marigolds, and Glorious Gleam Nasturtium. I also planted the mixed salad and the spotted trout lettuce.

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The covers went on and I put them on the windowsill in an area that doesn’t get quite as much sun. I am planning on growing the lettuce behind my tomatoes. Hopefully once they fill out they will block the sun for the lettuce.

https://food52.com/shop/products/956-heirloom-seed-art-packets-greens-edible-flowers-set-of-5

Regrowing an Orchid

Regrowing my Orchid

For my birthday last year, B-rad bought be this beautiful purple orchid. He came home on his lunch break – he cleaned the apartment, set up our little table, placed the orchid on said table with my card, and planned a dinner. It was wonderful. We kept the flowers in bloom for a while, then slowly they fell off.

I saddened at the thought of not having this gift anymore. It was such a beautiful plant and it reminded me of my wonderful birthday celebration. Thankfully, with the internet anything is possible (seriously, what did I do before google). I followed the directions from the link below and a new bloom has arrived.

http://www.luxeandlillies.com/2013/02/how-to-grow-a-love-fern-orchid/

IMG_0437I’m not really sure why, but two side buds fell off – you can see them in the top picture. I’m hoping the ones next to the bloom open up too!

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The flash may have been a little too harsh. Next time I’ll note to use a different fstop or play with the ISO. I also want to try bouncing the flash next time to soften the light.IMG_0566
There are gorgeous textures and the flower is beautiful with intricacy. I’m thrilled that it has bloomed again. Orchids are not a cheap flower and regrowing them to experience their beauty is such a gift.

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” Lady Bird Johnson