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When just randomly picking a bunch of lettuces, herbs and veg from my windowsill looks this good…

…it calls for a nice salad with mozzarella, balsamico vinaigrette and a lovely glass of white wine to round it off, right?

Yum.

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New bento coming later today, I forgot to upload the picture this morning ^^;
In the meanwhile, have a status update of this spring’s plants and flowers!

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My windowsill garden!

How’s your growing going? Can you guess the plants this time?

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So far, only one zucchini actually is growing. I must have failed with the dusting on the others.
Still, a success! It should be ready to eat in a few days. Yay!

And – oh dear, the purple-rimmed bell pepper flowers…

…seem to make purple-black peppers! I didn’t expect that! I certainly didn’t buy black pepper seeds…
They’re pretty, though.

Everything else is still growing well. Nothing new about the tomatoes – a few more buds, a few more blossoms. There are some pretty red chilies now, which I will harvest and freeze soon. Also bought some more pots for repotting the other zucchinis and tomatoes.

PS: Oh! There is one strawberry plant that made it. It’s stretching out its little creepers everywhere now – it will get its own pot soon!

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This has been a productive month for my plants! Spring has finally come to Sweden and the biomass seems to be doubling by the week.

I’ve finally gotten around to replanting the tomatoes. It was high time, too. I felt sorry for them in their tiny pots of ground, but just didn’t have the time…
*mumbles at work stealing all my time*

All lined up for replanting:

And repotted into two self-watering pots:

The bell peppers were also replanted. One of them had grown the loveliest white blossoms with a pretty purple border!

The others have normal white blossoms, so I suspect that either they or the purple one is a different breed that I planted by accident. I put some seeds from a supermarket-bought bell pepper in the planting box, but I don’t remember any growing up!
Here the family of peppers is united with their relatives, the chilis, on the westside windowsill.

The bell peppers are also in a self-watering pot now. It’s quite easy and cheap to make them yourself with pvc pipe, leca balls and fibertex if you know how.
I spread some bark on top to keep the dirt from drying out. And because I think it looks spiffy.

The chilis have also been productive:

Here’s another thing that I planted “by accident” out of my fridge. Does anyone want to hazard a guess as to what it is? ;)

Oooh, and when I went to replant the Physalis, I saw it had not only flowered, but started to grow little lanterns!
I’m so thrilled I can’t describe how much. I hope they’ll be ripe before we go on vacation so I can put one in my bento.

Oh, and the zucchini…

…are still monsters.

And growing little zucchini. I am busily dusting them and hoping they’ll take.

They are beautiful, though…

And that’s the gardening diary photodump for this week. Hope you enjoyed them as much as I do!
As a little note of success: Grandma was fascinated that my zucchini were already blooming. She who didn’t think a windowsill garden would work at all when I first told her about it! Woo hoo! :D

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Some photos from my gardening diary in the last few weeks…

I found my first female flower, complete with a tiiiny little round zucchini on the bottom, this week. Today it opened (and got some pollen carried to it by me… I’m such a pervert).
There are two more lined up what I can see on that plant. The others have only male flowers yet, but look how many of them!

From the end of April:

And how the zucchini looked when I first repotted them.

Could this eally be the tiny physalis that I didn’t think would even survive?

It flowered this weekend, but I only noticed it after the fact. The bell peppers also had one or two blossoms. The chilies havebeen putting out lovely green chilies regularly now, though they aren’t especially strong :( I wonder if they’ll get stronger as they ripen.
The tomatoes are also steadily growing, though they aren’t flowering yet. I think I need to re-pot them again:

And for the end, a picture of my thyme that I liked.

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They still grow so fast you can almost watch them.
All the zucchini are in their own pots now, even the last runty one. The beef tomatoes that I already replanted are doing ok, though the ones still in the greenhouse seem to do even better – they all get their third and fourth leaves already! The zucchinis have also sprouted a third leaf, which is already shaped like a proper leaf, not the round immature shape of the starter leaves. I can see a fourth sprouting in some too!

They are a little high and leggy, so I have bound them to sticks now. I am not quite sure why, since they *should* be getting enough sun during the whole day! Then again, it has been snowing the last few days. Typical Easter weather!

I have borrowed some books and am reading up on the proper soil and pruning of peppers, tomatoes and zucchini. It looks easy enough – they all like lots of nutrition, sun and heat and need pruning to get the nutrition to the fruits. Unsurprisingly, since they all come from the same continent!
I can’t imagine how life in Europe must have been before America was discovered. No tomatoes, no peppers, no potatoes or squashes – meat was scarce save for the rich folk, so almost all nutrition came from roots and grains! Some day I shall have to try out a medieval European menu – but hopefully not too soon. (Luckily the LARPs I’ve been to have largely ignored those facts…)
The book also told me that for repotting, I should always use a spatula and hold the tomato plants by the leaves, not the sensitive stems. Oops. Hope I haven’t damaged anything so far! I held on mostly to the ground clump and didn’t shake off any earth off the roots, though.

Have a good Easter, everyone! I will be back after Easter Monday, probably.

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The zucchini monsters were outgrowing the starter greenhouse quickly!

The beef and cherry tomatoes are also coming along nicely. By Sunday the Zucchini were scraping along the roof of the greenhouse though, so I knew I needed to replant them.
Now, I’m not a morning person. I can’t brain before three cups of tea or other caffeinated beverage. Times before 10:00 AM are not valid times for me.
So can somebody explain to me why my brain thought it was a good idea to get up at 6:30 and tell me “You know, now would be a good time to get some replanting done”?
Urgh. Too tired to argue with my brain at this time, I climbed out of bed. Some dirt and planter pots later…

That starter pot is perfect for getting the roots out of, since it has airholes in the bottom. Just poke up through them and pull out the cone of dirt and roots. The ground does get a bit loose though. I think the zucchini might have wanted a wider base, since they started to spread out their roots into each other’s pots.
Anyway, now the babies are repotted. Let’s hope they survive over easter. Will have to make them ride shotgun with me in the car when we go visit family.
Do they look OK? We’ll see how they’re doing when I get home…

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The tomatoes (both cherry and beef) are now sprouting too!
No sign of the physalis or peppers yet (but the chilis took a bit longer to sprout, so I’m not that worried).

Now for a slightly unappetizing photo, sorry guys!
But when I checked the spinach today, it had sprouted – and the “mold” is only on the root of the plants. And now I’m insecure – since it’s only on the roots, it may either be that the seeds are mouldy (thus the spinach would be screwed) or that it’s actually part of the plant.

A quick Google image search brought up several pictures of sprouting spinach, some with slight hairs on the roots, but none as, well, mouldy-looking as this. So probably it is mold.
But I’m keeping this up overnight in hope of hints, then I’ll probably throw the whole pot out.

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Look what greeted me tonight!

It’s the zucchini seeds that are sprouting first – I’m actually getting a little worried about the zucchini. I remember how huge the plants were in the garden! Will we survive or will the jungle eat us?

In bad news though, the growing box for the spinach is not as well ventilated – the dirt in it was molding. I tried to remove the mouldy spot yesterday, but new mold has grown today. I fear I’ll have to throw it all out and start over *sigh*
What did I do wrong? Should I have left open a spot of the greenhouse lid for air and ventilation?

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