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The First Harvest

March 30th, 2013

About a month ago, I started a few containers of lettuce when I was starting the rest of my seeds. The first one is just about ready to harvest and I can’t wait.
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I’ve been really wanting to see green things on my plate and I can’t wait to enjoy this. There will only be enough for a few salads from each planter, but it’s better than nothing!

Do you grow any vegetables or herbs indoors during the off season?

Bloom Where You’re Planted

January 3rd, 2013

Remember those tiny citrus trees I got when I went to Monticello way back in 2010? Last fall the little lime tree bloomed like crazy, but none of the blooms set fruit. That’s not really uncommon for the first bloom of a fruit tree. Now it’s blooming again.
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There are only a handful of blooms and it’s inside in our office. I also noticed the other day that the variegated lemon is blooming as well. It resides in our bedroom window.
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The smell of these blooms is way too much for me, so I’ll be moving the tree out into the landing for a while. It probably won’t set fruit, but I’m excited because these beautiful trees are finally reaching maturity. I’m fairly certain that next fall/winter I will have finally see fruit!

Do you have any houseplants that produce fruit/food?

It’s a LIME

August 11th, 2012

I have 2 citrus trees that lead a very pampered life. If you remember, I purchased them on my trip to Monticello in 2010. The prime window acreage in the living room is all theirs during our cold NE Ohio winters. They’re even lovingly carried out to the front porch to enjoy any unseasonably nice weather we have in late winter. These two plants truly are my favorite houseplants, mostly because I want them to produce fruit.

This spring, the key lime tree produced 3 or 4 blooms, sadly none of them were pollinated. That gave me hope that it was finally old enough to fruit. I’ve been watching it like a hawk all summer waiting for blooms. Sure enough, two weeks ago I noticed buds. Last week it started blooming profusely. I moved it to the front porch right by the catnip plant, which is blooming at attracting tons of pollinators thus hopefully increasing the odds of pollinating the lime blossoms.

Sure enough, earlier this week I noticed that at least a few of the blooms had been pollinated and were sporting tiny lime fruit. Will they mature into fruit? You really never know when it’s the first time a plant blooms. Sometimes it takes them a cycle or two to figure out what’s going on. I certainly hope all these little blooms turn into limes, if so, our glasses will be filled with limeade in a few months!

When we get to Maine I hope to add to my citrus collection. I’ll have a bigger house and more windows to house them. Kumquats, Meyer Lemon and a few other varities are on my “must-buy” list.

Do you have any favorite houseplants? Do you grow any edible houseplants?

Aloe Hedgehog

May 10th, 2012

I’ve been trying to come up with something unique & interesting to put in pots to flank the front door. Our porch is HUGE and unless there are a few pots of plants it looks like a bowling alley. This year, I was considering purchasing a few boxwoods clipped into spheres for this spot. When I was at Buchwalter Greenhouse on Monday with my mom I spotted these aloe ‘Hedgehog’ and knew they’d be perfect.

Our front porch is hot, hot, hot since it gets the afternoon sun. I’d love to do ferns, but they just can’t take the heat. These lovely aloes should thrive up there in those conditions.

These are certainly unique, I’m guess most of my neighbors are going to have petunias and other plants on their front port. Now I just need to find something unique that can take the heat for my hanging baskets.

What’s your favorite front porch plant? Do you have a tough spot in the garden you have trouble finding the perfect plant for?

Homegrown Ginger

October 15th, 2011

Remember back when I told you about my experiment to plant some ginger roots last spring? It sprouted well and grew all last summer. I brought it inside for the winter and I actually thought it died because the green tops all died. In the spring, I put it back outside to see if it would sprout again. It did, and this summer it grew into a fairly nice plant over the summer. So I’m guessing it might just go dormant over the winter like many other plants.

I’m considering repotting it into a larger pot, and am especially curious to see how big the roots have gotten. Maybe I’ll wait to see if it dies back again this winter and repot at that time. It certainly will be nice to use some of my own homegrown fresh ginger in some tea!

Any interesting plant experiments going on in your garden?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.