Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Best and Worst of My Garden - May 2012


ground cherries 5-30, originally uploaded by Bumble Lush.

Two days ago I was ready to list the ground cherries as a "worst." The seeds I started in April dried up and died during a week when I was out of town. I planted a couple more ground cherry seeds when I got back, and none germinated. I planted more seeds in late April and early May . One germinated, and then I got busy with work, forgot to keep the seed cell moist, and that seedling died. I tried a different container (the black one above), but because it was outside, I'm not sure if what germinated is a ground cherry seedling or a weed. It looks like other weeds I've yanked.

Every time a seedling would emerge, I would accidentally forget about it or go out of town, and it would die. When I was home and watchful, nothing germinated. Frustrated, I decided to plant exactly ONE ground cherry seed smack in the middle of this purple container so I'd know that it is a ground cherry--if it ever germinated. A week or so went by, and nothing. Then I went outside this evening, and there's the seedling, right in the middle where I planted it!! I'm cautiously optimistic about this. I think my "Worst" may be coming around!

mortgage lifter 5-30
Other "Almost Worsts" are the other tomato plants that I started from seed. Throughout May, they barely grew and there were several days that I came home from long 12-hour workdays and just forgot or didn't feel like tending them, hardening them off, watering them, etc. Some days I was too tired to even care that I was neglecting my garden. But then, after work loads eased up last week and I gave them a little attention, they began growing quite noticeably overnight. The picture above is a mortgage lifter and basil I started from seed.


Bumble Lush strawberry patch
berry harvest 5-16
As for the "Best"--May goes to the strawberries. We've harvested four pints so far!


This month I learned about how resilient plants can be, in spite of their sometimes neglectful owners. I thought I'd have nothing but dried up tomato seedlings and zero ground cherries, but I think I'm getting a second chance.

If you'd like to share any Best and Worst happenings in your garden this month, feel free to link up.


21 comments:

  1. I have trouble keeping seeds and seedlings watered once the garden season really heats up too. Last year, I started sprouting seedlings (and sticking cuttings) in 4 inch pots like the one you show, and keeping those pots in a seed starting tray. I put plenty of water (about half an inch) in the tray every couple days, but that's much easier than keeping seedlings moist watering from the top.

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    1. Sharon--yes, I filled trays with water too. Maybe next year I'll be more organized and more on-top of things.

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  2. I saw some self-wicking seed starter pots that you make from soda bottles on Pinterest that I might try next year. The seedlings could suffer from some benign neglect without being a lost cause. :)

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    1. I learned the meaning of benign neglect this seed-starting season!

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    2. Angela, I'm belatedly joining the meme. Hope it's not too late.

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  3. Sometimes it is just best to let nature get on with it - as has been proved with your tomatoes etc. Your strawberries make up for everything though - lucky you to have so many to munch on.

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    1. You're right Elaine, Mother Nature often knows best and will take care of what we neglect. So thankful that things perked up though!

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  4. I have made many of the same mistakes. I forget to water an area where I planted something new or seeded something. And when I remember it is too late. I am getting better, but I still do it from time to time. I think if gardening were the only thing I had to do it would be easier. Your strawberries look splendidly delicious!!!

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    1. Thank you! I had a few not-so-sweet ones in the batch, too, but overall I'm happy to have strawberries to harvest.

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  5. Ditto here...I frequently forget and neglect because I work...I will be joining in Monday....I also love those strawberries and am hopeful for my tomatoes too!

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    1. I hope your workload eases soon. I hope your tomatoes do well too!

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    2. Thx so much...here is my link..hope you like it!

      http://gardenseyeview.com/2012/06/04/gardens-eye-journal-june-2012/

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  6. It is just the nature of seed growing, whether we do it or nature does. Getting needed moisture is like pot luck, too much or too little, then the fittest survive. I am more inclined to water too much and then they damp off.

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  7. I have never had luck growing strawberries, and I have certainly tried! Congratulations on yours; they look yummy!

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  8. Your strawberries are just so mouth watering. And your tomato seedling is looking lush too. I am sure it will grow into a very healthy plant. I also think your single cherry tomato plant will do just as fine.

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  9. BTW - The stats only interest me in retrospect, idle curiosity. For example, because many of my readers are from the US, I use 'indigenous/native', but my plants are indigenous to South Africa.

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  10. Hi, Angela, well, I must say, I LOVE your "best". Yum! We joined you once again for "best" and worst". I'm not sure how to link to your post, but you can find our post here: http://thewiedersgarden.blogspot.com/2012/06/best-and-worst-of-may-2012.html

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    1. Thank you Cathy! My linky widget didn't work, but thank you for linking up. I hope you can get the aphids under control, and congrats on your beautiful roses!

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  11. Hi Angela - Your best look totally scrumptious! I've bought a strawberry pot, now to plant the strawberries! I'll be joining up on Tuesday. Sorry I've been absent.

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  12. The seedling in the black pot was a ground cherry. The plant in the purple pot looks very different from my ground cherry but maybe we ordered different types. I have a picture of mine posted at the very bottom of my current post. Your strawberries look delicious! I'm sure they taste so much better than the flavorless ones from the store.

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  13. Congrats! You have a beautiful blog and I enjoy reading your posts. Your kitty picture is adorable.


    Earl May

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