Step III: The Ups And Downs Of My Garden Adventures
It’s been two weeks since my last post and I am thoroughly enjoying my gardening experience. Getting started was quite backbreaking (check out how I got started Step I and Step II) but watching my plants grow and get strong has been very satisfying. It’s funny how anxious I get if I see that something is going wrong. I want to give them the best opportunity to thrive – maternal instinct anybody?
So here’s what I am doing:
- Watering in the morning when it’s cool. If the day has been very dry, I water again in the evening.
- I weed about once a week, luckily for me I haven’t had much of that to do.
- I am doing zero mulching. My mother seems to think that it’s not necessary and my plants are doing fine without it.
My lettuce is growing quite rapidly.
You can see the mini peppers starting to grow.
My large tomato plant is already fruiting.
My celery stood up! One of my worries.
My other worry was my cucumbers, and two days after I took this picture, the plant started to crawl (a good sign).
My tomatoes were leaning due to their height, so we put in higher sticks and tied the bottom and the top of the plant for better support.
My Biggest Worry: My Broccoli
White butterfly caterpillars are eating my broccoli which is something that commonly happens to cabbage, broccoli and related brassicas. I refuse to use any form of pesticide and some recommend organic Bt Sprays or insecticides which I haven’t done my research on yet. I did find this recipe and am trying it out. We’ll see what happens to them:
- 1 cup water
- 2 or 3 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
- a couple of drops of dish soap