Friday, July 31, 2009
This is why my plants have been spared the torture of my poor watering habits recently. I haven't had much time for watering, weeding, planting, or harvesting. My plants seem to have understood the last one and seem to have decided to help out in that area by producing almost nothing to be harvested.
The rain has brought about a spurt of growth among the vines in the yard, most noticeably with the squash and cucumbers. These are the same cucumbers that were given to me by one our friends along with some basil that was left on the front porch for some weeks. Now it sits up by the corner of the house on the garage side with many other potted plants to be moved to a sunnier place as soon as there is a sunnier place to move them to. I doubt this will ever happen since it is the sunniest place in the yard unless a tree gets hit by lightning or a car and falls over.
Speaking of the sunniest place in the yard, I hope to move the citrus around again to a sunnier place than they are currently at which gets between eight and ten minutes of sun a day (the potting area).
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
On average they have grown about 1/4 inch and seem to be acclimated just fine in their new pots.
The kaffir lime is also doing well with about the same rate of growth (it is about the same height as the average key lime sprout).
My project for next week is to have a chart ready to be posted each week to track the progress of each pot (some have one some have two plants). The lemon tree is a little harder to figure out the height since it's bigger and sways with the breeze. I'll do my best though to find a way to track it.
Just a note about some tomato sprouts, they have been mercilessly pulled out of the ground and thrown away by the maintenance crew at work. It's not like they looked bad...
Monday, July 27, 2009
This time I was thrilled to see the aeriated pool.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
It probably has to do a lot with the placement of the plants. The more they grew the more sun they have. The poor lemon tree is sitting under the pecan tree which gives it maybe 2 hours of sun a day.
Even though I still need to split up the key lime trees (all being in one pot and all) they still shoot up being in full sun all day and having plenty of water (from the hose).
I think I'll swap them up and see if they change growth. Probably sounds like a no brainer, but who knows. It might also be that the smaller plants are growing faster which is also true.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Soon I guess I'll have to go and pick the flower and remove the seeds, checking for holes and bugs before placing it with the rest of the seeds to be planted next year.
The heat is really getting to a lot of the plants but one of my coworkers said that their tomato plant is still making fruit and will bring me some if she remembers. I'll probably make lunch out of it.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I'm pretty sure it's lemon or possibly orange, it's really hard to tell at that size since they're all very similar.
This one is growing in a pot where it actually gets some light unlike the two in the breakroom which must think solar eclipses last two days every week and even after that it's overcast.
The other one has sun but does not seem to want to grow much at all. Not sure why.
I was looking at a picture of my large lemon tree the other day and realized that it has tree times the leaves that it had in the picture but hasn't grown but an inch or three in height. I really am thinking about planting it in the ground, but I'm now leaning more toward next year.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Now I get to water the plants daily, not so much the grass. As long as I can keep what I have alive until September they should start to fruit again until December.
I'm going to see if I can keep things from freezing this winter too and hopefully have some produce in the winter frost. Once again I'll be using mirrors to heat up some portable planter boxes and I'll cover them overnight for insulation.
Last winter we were out in coats until I got the mirror in the backyard. As long as I was in the reflected light and out in the open it went from chilly to nice.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Seeing red? Most people look at a dandelion and cringe because they know that it's only the first.One dandelion can spread to a thousand in only a few days. I once thought that if I just picked the flower off that it would be done. One day I looked down at a flower I had plucked the previous day and poof, it was just that, a poof. Some of the seeds had even blown away.Next time you think red though you might want to think a little deeper, like Magenta! Dandelion makes a great magenta (allum) color or even purple (tin and vinegar) depending on the chemical you use to set the dye.
How to dye wool using dandelions:
1) In a stainless steel pot soak dandelion roots or plants overnight in water. In the morning bring the pot to a boil then remove the plants with a wooden spoon.
2) Wash the material you wish to dye in warm soapy water and keep it wet. The dye bath is your key to color.
3) Put a mordant (allum or tin and vinegar) in the pot with one cup of water: one ounce of mordant for every thirty-two ounces of material.
4) Simmer gently and stir until dissolved, add 2 quarts water, and stir well to mix. Your saturated textile goes into this bath; bring to a low simmer for 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
5) Note: When dyeing, ensure the fabric stays completely covered with water, and remember, materials appear darker wet than dry.
6) After the dyebath starts to simmer, check in 15 minutes if you wish to have a pale color. Leave the material in the dyebath longer for a deeper or richer color. For full color saturation, leave overnight in the dyebath.
7) Turn off the heat, let cool, squeeze out excess water, and then rinse in warm water to remove the alum.
Friday, July 3, 2009
While waiting in line for a sno-cone I noticed the sno-cone guy dumping some of the remnant ice out on the ground near some plants which loved it At least most of the plants loved it. In the very middle, were he probably does this every day, there were no plants at all. This is why I say that icing plants is great but not to put the ice directly on the plant but around it. That's also why I use blocks so I can place them where ever I think is good and they don't move or slide like cubes or slush.
Sorry for no pictures, maybe next time.