May 15th Garden Update

I feel like my plants grow so slowly, but here they are almost two weeks later.

Marigolds and…a Maple?

All three of my pots of marigolds have one seedling right now. And in this one, a maple tree came up! I accidentally killed it trying to move it. That was a not well thought out decision. I have more marigold seeds, but I don’t have more random maple seeds sprouting in pots. Oh well.

Korean Peppers

I lost two of my 18 Korean pepper plants. One fell over in the middle of the stem and another one just died. Several got sunburnt because I left them out in the sun for too long. (If you look carefully, you can see the white edge on some of the leaves.) I also think I was waterlogging them a bit, but I’ve since quit watering them so much. They look a lot better.

I’m waiting for the evenings to warm up just a little more before I can plunk them in the ground. I’m getting annoyed with the wait.


According to the directions I can find online, these poppies are too crowded. However, the seeds were a gift and I have none left, and poppies grow a taproot which makes moving them hard. So crowded they will remain!


I didn’t take a picture of the basil last time, but this plant really hasn’t grown much. I need at least three basil plants (but would prefer more) but they’re just not doing very well. I started everything (except for the mint) from seed this year, and I think I’m going to break down with the basil and buy some from the garden center. It’s just not looking very good.

Sesame Leaves

The sesame plants seem very hardy, and very easy to care for. I can’t wait until I can harvest some leaves to eat!


I didn’t listen. Everything I read said that dill is best direct sown or as a transplant from a nursery. I thought I’d start the dill indoors. Well, the stuff I transplanted outside failed miserably, so I yanked it out and direct sowed a bunch of dill. I’ve been thinning this plot a lot and still technically have too many plants in there. I’ll thin a little more, but probably not down to the recommendation.


Mint, the black thumb grower’s plant. I’ve actually harvested mint since the last photo, and yet it still looks like it’s grown!

One thought on “May 15th Garden Update

  1. Comment from: umma2kimchilovers [Visitor]
    Can you post a picture of your balcony with all the plants. I am thinking about doing mostly container plants this year and I wanted to see how you do it.
    BTW, if you have a Trader Joe’s near by, you can get a full grown basil plant for $1.99.
    05/18/10 @ 22:37

    Comment from: admin [Member] Email
    Umma, it looks like I’ll be able to plunk the peppers in their pots this weekend, so I’ll take a picture then!
    05/18/10 @ 22:38

    Comment from: John from Daejeon [Visitor]
    I’ve been farming/gardening all my life and not much can beat home-grown produce, so I decided to give my siblings 10 Garden Patch planters each as gifts to get them back in that fresh produce way of life that we grew up on.

    Until this week’s rough bit of weather in Texas (hail and high winds), they were raving about how awesome their plants were doing and how easy the planters were to operate (plant once and then keep filled with water–no tilling or weeding needed), but they forgot about the bane of every farmer–cruel, cruel Mother Nature. Last year, the river here in Daejeon rose well above its banks and took out nearly all gardens along the river overnight, but those of us who are tried and true gardeners were back at it soon afterwards clearing out the debris and making rows again. I don’t know how I can make it any easier for my siblings, but I hope that they keep with it and pay better attention to their local weather forecasts in the future.
    05/19/10 @ 08:10

    Comment from: admin [Member] Email
    John, I always wondered if those planters really worked well. You like them?
    05/19/10 @ 16:09

    Comment from: John from Daejeon [Visitor]
    I personally haven’t used them yet, but my brother and sister are truly amazed by them and rave about them. I was torn with getting them Earth Boxes or Garden Patch Planters, but Garden Patch planters are a bit cheaper and they hold an additional gallon of water over the Earth Boxes.

    I’ve decided to give these as presents to my friends and family instead of toys (break easily and aren’t worth it), books (libraries are free), etc., as these boxes give the gift of life and last for years (the soil alone is good for five growing seasons).
    05/20/10 @ 09:26

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