I am sad to report that my tomato plant called it quits over the weekend. I came home on Saturday afternoon to see that the plant stalks had fallen over. To be honest I knew that maybe the plant was not doing so well as it started looking more like weeds than the large leaves I was hoping to see.
I didn’t bother stalking it as the instructions didn’t say to but I do regret not moving it to a larger pot and updating the soil. I’ll definitely needed some more love and planning. And I probably should’ve have watered it more often #BadPlantMom
I’ve definitely picked up a few tricks for next year, such as spacing the seeds, using more than one planter, starting from a seedling and maybe trying a few varieties.
My gardening goals are on hold until next year – time to start pinning and planning for next spring!
I FINALLLLYY got around to planting some tomato seeds. I picked up some ‘initial’ potting mix from Lowes and made a container with a pretty decent drainage system using a tin can and a plate (making the drain holes with a good ol hammer and nail).
I started the process on Wednesday Afternoon after running some errands and during what I thought would be a nice car seat nap for Miss El. Unfortunately she woke up crying because of the hammering. So I had to finish planting the seeds the next day (after the girls’ bedtime) in the garage. I followed the directions on both the potting mix bag and the seeds envelope.
So within a few days, the tomato seeds sprouted. I was actually kind of shocked.
And with the basil I’ve harvested 5 times: 2 batches given to both sets of parents and twice I’ve eaten a caprese salad :) The last harvest is in the fridge most likely to be eaten in a caprese salad also.
To be completely honest I am petrified and exhilarated by this whole process. Here are my next steps
- Buy a real plant container
- Research how to transplant tomato seedlings and basil plants
- Re-research how to harvest basil
- Buy the “next level” of nutrient rich soil
- Transplant the plants to the new containers
- Get on a better schedule for watering
- Teach Miss S about the plants (mainly so she doesn’t accidentally destroy them)
So I finally took the first steps to building a backyard garden. Albeit they are baby steps. We bought 2 sweet basil plants. For now they are hanging out in their default plastic planters and with their original nutrient rich soil. I have big plans from these small beginnings.
Tulips from the Hubz
- Find [kid friendly] planter(s) with good drainage
- Buy more herbs (cilantro and dill for sure) and tomato seedlings
- Move all plants to their new home planters (which I heard is a process)
For now the plants are sitting on our coffee table because the family room has the most light in the house. I’ve been monitoring the soil and the overall “hefty-ness” of the planter to judge how much water is needed (at the advice of the lady in the Lowes garden centre).