Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Plant Update

Here are some pictures of our plants that we have started mostly from seed. We have had some successes and some failures along the way. First I would like to say that "Chompers" our venous fly trap has not helped as much as anticipated but he is eating away, as you can see in the picture below. (Yes that is a dead fruit fly)

Our shamrock has bloomed as you can see pictured.

Now for an update on the herbs... these have proved to be the most difficult. So far Parsley and Dill has been growing well. (Pictured) Rosemary, Thyme, and Basil have either stalled or died. But we have started a new round of each.

What I have learned... when watering make sure you do not over water. That will get you some fungus and also fruit flies. Then if you under water obvious things will happen. Here is the tricky part... if you allow the soil to dry out between watering's (as you should), when you water again the soil doesn't want to soak up water. It just flows right through and it appears to be watered enough. So you need to let it drain and water over and over again until it is completely saturated. So drainage is the key! I have been watering ours in the sink. Water the plant... walk away... water... repeat until the soil is dark.

I have recently started doing this, I will report back with the results later.

Note: I am growing this in Ohio pretty much where the sun doesn't shine ever! See this past post. So I am hoping when the temperature changes so will the luck of our growing.
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