Spring into Gardening-May Update

Spring Garden Pros and Cons

So my garden has been going for about 3 weeks and I am finding that patience is truly a virtue. Changes in my garden have been slow...but steady too. It is sort of like watching your children grow...it is so gradual yet significant when you compare their pictures from year to year.   

Seeds and seedlings

Marigolds planted in clay pots
Marigolds planted in clay pots
Radishes transplanted to the garden...fast germinating plants!
Radishes transplanted to the garden...fast germinating plants!
New strawberry plants.
New strawberry plants.

Seed and Seedlings

Using the egg cartons worked for the radish seeds as they are very fast germinating plants. I have transferred the seeds for the marigolds to a larger clay container though. For some reason I was getting algae growing instead of seeds germinating...

Dill and Basil have also been planted...Nabisco had an interesting campaign going on with different herb seed packs included with their crackers. Maybe I should plant some cucumbers to make home made dill pickles.

I purchased strawberry plants...decided not to try them from seeds. We will see what works best as the garden progresses. I also picked up a couple pepper plants...progress towards my "salsa garden".

Transplants and Flowers

Tomatoes and peppers transplanted.
Tomatoes and peppers transplanted.
Damage on leaves of tomato from a leaf fungus.
Damage on leaves of tomato from a leaf fungus.
First flowers on the largest tomato plant!
First flowers on the largest tomato plant!

Transplants and Flowers

The tomato plants and green bell pepper plants are adapting well to being transplanted from the large pots to the garden.  The soil is a bit sandier so I will be watching them closely to make sure they grow well.  I am prepared to add soil from my compost to improve their chances if needed.

The tomato plant's leaves began to show white trails and checking online I found that there could be a few causes.  Discouraging pests is always a part of gardening.  In the case of these plants I think the white trails are caused by the larvae of an insect and so I have begun spraying once a week with a weak solution of wash detergent and water.  I have read that this solution discourages the insect from laying eggs on the leaves.

The tomatoes are the first to bloom! I am so excited!  The first fruits of my garden...

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