Until I get my act together and get some knitted finished object photos you will have to just deal with a gardening update (but all the cool kids are doing it).  I finally got around to planting my radish seeds on, um, May 31, just a mere month after saying I was going to do it.  I was hoping the typically cool summers would be kind to my radishes and so far so good.  The radishes and the arugula have sprouted and doing well.  I have not accidentally dehydrated them yet, though I do need to turn the containers often because they already have tell-tale leaning toward the non-covered side of the porch.  However in fear I did overplant and must mercilessly thin them.

And I am happy to report my mint plant is happy. 5 weeks ago my mint plant was a little thing with 3 major stems and now it has started becoming almost bushy. However I forgot to take a picture of the rosemary, it is taller but still has the same overall shape and stems. I haven’t needed to water these guys at all since our complex has sprinklers which go off every morning whether they need to or not (it is quite ridiculous to see sprinklers operating in the rain), if anything I need to remember to drain the excess water from the saucers.

April 30

June 10

Finally I also planted some cat grass (that I bought last fall) for TheDog, who loves loves loves to eat grass.  We take him on walks and he stops to chew on grass, we take him to play with other doggies and he gets all excited, does a couple play bows and then lays down to eat grass (sometimes convincing the other dogs to lay down and munch on grass as well to the annoyance of us dog owners who want doggies who are tired from chasing each other).

June 11, 2009. Tags: , . Thoughts. 2 comments.

plant killer

I want to have a green thumb, really I do.  And I’m so close, my mom, that woman can bring plants back to life, and she loves to garden; but while I love the idea of gardening successful outcomes often elude me.  This actually creates a bit of a dilemma for me, part of making a home means having green plants in it, I even had a couple plants in my dorm rooms, but I have a heck of a time keeping those plants alive.  When we moved here I took a look at the lighting (crappy, all our windows are north facing, 5/7ths of them are also covered by roof overhangs) and available spots for plants and just decided to not even try.  Then mom came to visit and bought me a little herb garden in a pot.  I didn’t kill it so the following spring I decided to grow basil (fail), nasturtiums (fail – aphid prone and our complex was overrun), mint (just didn’t thrive, then killed in our harsh December), and parsley (again failure to thrive).  Oh well.  But now I’ve found a garden store and it has the cutest succulents (oh how I love succulents).  So last fall I bought a jade plant, now jade plants are often on the list of “nearly impossible to kill”, exceept look what I did:
dead jade plantYup. I’m a plant killer.  My neighbor and my grandmother were quite surprised, but I don’t think my mom was.  I think I managed to first dehydrate and then drown this plant. Of course a lot of my plant killing tendencies have to do with wanting to grow the wrong plants for my conditions. See, I love plants that require full sun, and dry conditions but my last two houses have been damp and shady. So I’m trying to learn. This year I discovered primroses and it seems they actually like shade so grabbed 5 little pots when they were on sale at my nearby used-to-be-local big box.


day of planting

primroses + 3 weeks

3 weeks later

I think I’m doing okay so far. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I suspect that gardening is one of those skills that I will just have to work at. Try try again and all that. So I am. I’m slowly building up my gardening book collection (The Bountiful Container, Gardening for Dummies and I’m eyeing a few more titles) as well as gardening blogs in my RSS reader. Plus I think gardening is a bit like knitting, you generally get more help at a small local nursery/garden store than those big boxes so I’m trying to give them more of my business. They helped me pick out a liquid fertilizer last month (I think it is a 3-3-3, very basic).

And I’m trying to grow more herbs agin. This year I picked a mint in which the tag claims it likes partial shade. And I bought a new rosemary plant (the one in my herb pot also sucumbed to the unusually cold December or was it the unusually dry January or February? however the chives and thyme are still alive).  Whenever I start planting things I get excited, I think, “oh wow that wasn’t hard at all” and then start plotting great plans.  But I’m trying to take it slow, and only use plants that others claim grow in shady conditions.  This weekend I’m going take the plunge with radish seeds…

mint & rosemary

April 30, 2009. Tags: , , , . Gardening. 3 comments.