Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

They’re aliiiive!

Although things started slowly, they’re finally getting there and starting to bloom.

The middle one with yellow flowers are mini cucumbers. The larger green one to the left is a tomato plant. The four other large ones are mini bell peppers – they just started to flower. The two white pots in th 2nd row are parsleys – they finally kicked in about a week ago. And the front row is all basil (three Thai basils and one cinnamon basil).

The other batch includes tomato plants (the large ones) just about to flower. The two in light green pots are more mini bell peppers.

I transplanted one tomato plant, the peppers and the basil into larger pots this morning, gave them a good watering and now they’re settling down in the sun. 🙂


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Summer has slowly come upon us and it’s about time. We’re still getting the occasionally rainy day but at least we’ve had some 30+ days in the past couple of weeks, coats are long gone and sandals are out.

Here’s the yard as of this morning. Everything is late to bloom compared to last year’s steamy summer. The peonies are just starting to bloom. The lilacs bloomed and died in about a week. The wild roses are coming along. The giant hostas are doing fine and seemed to grow to full size in a week.. The geraniums were slow as well. what can you do.

Even my seedlings took longer this year, although I started them a couple of weeks later than last year too. I transplanted them into larger pots this morning and placed them outside.

This year, I have cherry red tomatoes, cherry yellow tomatoes, mini cucumbers (hence the trellis), mini peppers, thai basil, cinnamon basil and parsley. We’ll see how they do with this wonky weather we’ve been having.

The cucumbers and tomatoes are doing good (brown and white pots), as are the peppers (bigger green pots with leafy plants). The herbs are taking long (see small pots in front and small white pots), so I put them outside to see if more sun would do the trick. Stay tuned.

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During a discussion with friends this past weekend, it occurred to me that I’ve evolved quite a bit over the past couple of years. If I look at the “me” from a few years ago, I didn’t have the faintest idea about home ownership, was afraid of bugs, killed every plant I touched, stuck to my usual hobbies/activities… Mind you, I was very happy at the time but I had no idea what I was missing. Don’t get me wrong, bugs and I still don’t have a warm and fuzzy relationship. BUT, I no longer run away squealing with arms waving if a bee is in my vicinity. My, how I’ve grown!

I am proud to say report (with confidence) that I am about 80% of the way towards conquering my fear of spiders. I have killed so many spiders in the past year, I can’t even count them. Those who “when me when” will find this absolutely shocking. The remaining 20% are the big mamas – but I will get there. I’ve killed one so far. We don’t get very many where we live. Maybe I just need more innocent victims…

I have also managed to maintain landscaped front and rear yards (oh all right, with the help of a gardener, but still)… 🙂 I have also grown my own herbs and tomato plants which we’ve been eating all summer – and they’re still alive!

I learned “home”-stuff like taking care of a pool (skimmer and all) and building a fire. I tried new activities that I would never have tried before: archery, ziplining, riding a Segway, yacht racing, horseback riding and more! And discovered a new hobby and appreciation for learning about wine.

Here is a look back at some old posts from “back in the day” that give me a chuckle when I read them now. 🙂

Val the gardener: https://valcitygal.wordpress.com/2009/09/24/feb-23-val-the-gardener-strikes-again/

Val the hardware store expert: https://valcitygal.wordpress.com/2009/09/24/nov-29-christmas-preparations/

Val the pool cleaner and gas stove cook: https://valcitygal.wordpress.com/2009/09/24/toronto-day-8-oct-3-2008/

Looking forward to more of the same!

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They have arrived.

Success is golden. 🙂

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Behold the green tomatoes. Soon they will turn red and yellow. MmmMmm.

I didn’t expect these plants to get this tall!

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I see baby tomatoes!

Aren’t they dah-ling?

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After a couple of days of wondering why my tomato plants hadn’t borne any flowers yet, yesterday evening, I spied the beginnings of a few blooms! Very exciting. Hopefully this means that cherry tomatoes will eventually grow!

The two types of tomatoes I chose to grow were both determinate types, one red (Tiny Tim) and yellow (Honey Bee). To be honest, I don’t remember which plant is which but they’re two very different types: there are tall, lighter-coloured green plants and then much smaller plants that are a darker green. When tomatoes end up growing, that’s when I’ll be able to tell which is which. 🙂 Who knows how I got them mixed up…

Tomato plants with the beginning of small yellow flowers

Let’s take a moment to remember how they started…little seeds in their jiffy pellets….

This pic was taken a few weeks after the initial sowing.

I’ve been feeding them fertilizer according to teh instructions, watering as much as they seem to need it… That, paired with the sun they’ve been getting made them apparently very happy plants.

And the basil is doing well too – I’ll be snipping some to use today so they’ll start getting bushier. I see pesto in my future. Awesome.

Cinnamon basil, sweet basil and lemon basil

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