This week we had a really heavy rainstorm. I was at a class for work and Good Man called to ask if he should drag the plants inside. I scoffed and said no, and when I got home I found all of my pepper plants laid out flat. Hmm.
I did, however, get some nice post-rain shots.
I do these updates to convince myself that things are actually growing. It’s amazing, comparing photos, to see how quickly things grow. Every herb has been harvested (often multiple times) since the photos from three weeks ago.
The dill just wants to go to seed. I’m doing one more harvest and then letting it go to seed. If it doesn’t reseed itself, I’ll plant some more. I’ve deadheaded (snipped off the flowers) multiple times, but it’s time to let it seed on.
Korean Sesame Leaves
Cosmos, Basil, Marigolds
Peppermint and Basil
Poppies and Unknown Hitchhiker
Sun Scalded Basil
Overall, the Hybrid Kimchi plants are the tallest and the Long Greens are the shortest. The Winners flowered and set fruit earliest, the Long Greens are starting to flower and the Kimchi ones are so far blossom-less. I hope I didn’t get a bad batch of Kimchi seeds.
I know too much nitrogen can cause large, fruitless pepper plants, but all of these have been grown with the same soil/vermicompost and conditions (I mean, as similar as they can be), so I suspect it’s a variety thing.
She also asked where I got the plant nannies. I was afraid she’d tell me they were too ugly to stick around, but she said they’re fine. I told her I like them because I no longer accidentally water the neighbors below (which is true, but they’re jerks, so it’s not like I really care about that side effect).
Another neighbor passes by often when I’m out there admiring my plants and comments on how beautiful they look each time.
I do enjoy my porch garden. In actuality, buying the peppers would probably be cheaper in the long run than growing them, but everything tastes better homegrown!