Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

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?


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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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Gardening update, 2009-08-02

(At least) One of the seeds we planted from Donatello‘s harvest last year has now gotten chilies itself.
They don’t look like Donatello. They aren’t even approximately conical, but remain short round knobs. Also, they start out orange, then become dark purple later.

…we have a Michelangelo.


* I never learned the colours of the Ninja Turtles when I was a kid because I thought they were interchangeable just like Huey, Dewey and Louie (Tick, Trick and Track in German). I had to look it up on Wiki to see what I should name them.
** It’ll be a while before I can breed a blue chili, I fear…

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Mm… there’s not really anything that beats food grown in your own home. Jalapeños, cherry tomatoes, rucola and basil, all homegrown. (Bought the mozarella and the baguette, due to a certain lack of buffalo around here and being out of flour :) )

I have a few old-ish pictures to post too, so keep an eye out for more stuff coming soon. I’m not dead, just not very inspired recently. Hope this changes soon!

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Weekend post – gardening update

I sent these pictures to my mom last week and judging from her reply they were obviously approved!
So I thought I’d post them here as well :)

Even though it’s November I’m still harvesting yellow cherry tomatos. Yay! I’ll wait until those last ones are ripe before taking the plants down, maybe they’ll be up long enough for grandma to see them when she visits.

We also harvested a lot more chilies, some red so we could save the seeds for next year, some green for thai-style dishes.

I really love how some of those curl up :)

And here’s the result of the blue potatoes that had grown out in the fridge and that I planted on a whim. They weren’t big but they sure were tasty! (I mixed them with quartered yellow potatoes and ovenbaked them after taking the picture.)

For an experiment nobody thought it would work, not bad. Next year I’ll probably buy small plants instead of going from seeds though, it seems less hassle.

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NaNoMangO is a LiveJournal community dedicated to the same idea as NaNoWriMo – but with comics! You write 30 comics in 30 days, on which topic does not matter.
Here’s one of mine…

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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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I have a big post lined up, but had no time at all to write it up recently.

For now, enjoy this photo of my first zucchini blossom!

I think it’s a female but I don’t see any males lined up, help?

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