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Welcome to the Jungle

 

Since the spring got predictably delayed by our stellar climate, all my seedlings have sprouted into a veritable jungle. All the tomatoes are approaching a foot tall, with lush, green and fragrant leaves.

 

Fragrant forest

Fragrant forest

 

The pepper has glossy deep green leaves, with supremely cool purple lines running up the stem.

 

Shiny pepper

Shiny pepper

Purple stem

Purple stem

 

The basil no longer looks so oddly lopsided – and he now has a friend.

 

Bushy basil

Bushy basil

Baby basil sidekick

Baby basil sidekick

 

But the it’s the cucumber that stole the show, as if to rebel against the death of his comrade, and opened up a delicate flower in a glorious flush of yellow. I was as proud as a parent whose child takes a first step. I think I spoke baby talk to it. The other two cukes are budding, and I’m sure will soon explode into bloom of their own. I absolutely cannot believe that these short little plants that grew from tiny little seeds are actually growing and thriving.

 

First bloom!

First bloom!

 

(She seems to have no interest in eating it – unlike Alfie)

I’m sure the tomatoes cukes and peppers as the veterans in this garden would love nothing more than to see the light of day, so this week will be the week of hardening them off.   The most excellent guide I found was online and here is the link for your pleasure. 

Happy Gardening!

8 comments to Welcome to the Jungle

  • Fantastic job with these! They look superb. Your pepper plants look 1000% better than any of ours from two years of trying. You are giving your garden a great head start.

  • admin

    Thanks so much! I’ve fretted like a hen on eggs for most of this process, and everytime something goes sideways it’s quite perplexing, but for the most part everything is indeed looking well. Looks like within the next ten days the weather will shape up for the great outdoors so I’m hopeful they will continue to thrive until them.

  • Jean

    Everything of mine died. Sigh. I’ll try a few things maybe this weekend directly to soil. Your little “babies” all look fab. May many delish meals be in your future!

  • admin

    Oh I’m so sorry to hear that. Yep, I’d wait until after the middle of next week – the soil is warm already, but that last cold spell won’t be good for them. Otherwise, directly seeding seems to be the way to go anyhow – you’ll likely get great results.

  • Brownie

    Your vegetables look wonderful!

    Mine aren’t even half the size.

    Is there a rule of thumb on how big your plants need to be before you re-pot them or stick them outside?

  • My Amazing Weight Loss Story

    Thanks for writing, I truly enjoyed your newest post. I think you should post more frequently, you obviously have talent for blogging!

  • admin

    @Brownie – thanks so much! Remember I started way before you did. Once they get to about two sets of leaves you can give them some half strength fertilizer, and they will shoot right up. Mine were babies for a while too, don’t worry, you have tons of time.

    I’d say once they get to be about the same size or a bit bigger than the pot they’re in, they’re good to go. You want the root ball to be fairly dense and to fill out the pot so that transplanting is easier on them.

    Since early this week is supposed to be cold, see where they’re at by next weekend. They will go gangbusters with fertilizer when they go outside.

  • admin

    @Weight Loss – thanks for the compliment and for stopping by!

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