It looks like it’s been about three weeks since my last gardening post. I suppose that is because I just haven’t been doing anything with the garden. It’s sort of been left to do its own thing. We’ve had a lot of rain so I haven’t really even watered much. As you can imagine, this hands-off gardening plan has not produced positive results.
Before I go through the entire inventory, I’m going to ask again if anyone has ever grown rutabagas. This is my first time, and I planted them in a spot I don’t normally plant so they are the most neglected of my wildly overgrown garden. So it was just the other day that I noticed something has eaten holes in all of the leaves to the point that the leaves are pretty much gone. I can see the tops of some of the actual rutabagas though, so I wonder if they are still going to be alright.
I have two tomato plants in large pots. One is the cheat plant, a hybrid of some sort that was a mature plant when I bought it. This is the first plant I buy every year. It’s a cheat plant because it generally is already flowering or bearing fruit when I buy it, and because the hybrid plants have been cross bred to be a lot harder to kill. It’s like a safety plant. It’s also almost dead. It is essentially two green sticks with leaves at the top, and amazingly a few flowers. So fingers crossed there. In the other pot is some sort of orange pear. It is half dead also but appears to be dying of a different issue than its neighbor. It looks like hasn’t been water ever. Even after it rains it looks super dehydrated. I have never killed a plant in precisely this way before. I have had one ripened fruit and there has been a cluster of green ones for weeks. They don’t seem to be ripening. This plant is in some sort of purgatory where it neither grows nor completely dies. It just is.
I have two, maybe three (I should probably notice them more) that are growning in the grown between my driveway and the shack. The came from the same place as the purgatory tomato. They too, are spindly, fragile things. I believe they now finally have a couple of blooms. I did not that the yellow bottom leaf thing is starting to happen. They are fighting for space in what is essentially a mint garden. When it finally dawned on me that I could be making my own organic green tea with mint and honey rather than paying for the premade kind, I started actually using my mint. It was then I noticed the bottom leaves of some of the mint are yellow as well. And so it begins.
Something is eating leave leaves of my hot peppers there as well. The peppers planted in pots on my stoop are doing okay. I actually had one fruit that was off to a great start then Banjo was so excited to be walked for the first time since The Great Walk of 1989 that the pepper got tangled in the leash and was plucked. I am not expecting to have an abundance of peppers.
As for the herbs and miscellany, the lettuce thing is going pretty well. I have discovered that my dislike of washing myself or other things definitely extends to lettuce. Also if you like your lettuce crispy you have to wash it, dry it and put it in a container in the fridge for a while before using. Planning is right up there with washing on the list of things I no longer care for. The oregano is the only success story. You have to try really hard to kill oregano. I am not someone who tries really hard to do anything. Fun fact, it is harder to kill curly parsley than flat parsley. I did an experiment to discover that. Cilantro never stood a chance.
That’s pretty much all there is to report. It may appear that the garden is a failure, but that’s not true. You have to try to do something in order to fail. I’ve just been leaving the garden to fend for itself in the world. And the world seems to be winning for now.
Now make me jealous with your gardening stories.