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Garden Update

My garden is doing way better than I thought was possible. For my first year, things have gone smoothly. Although, I’ve had some minor issues with blossom-end rot on my tomatoes and slugs almost devoured my basil. But, everything is HUGE! The twine and rope on the left is a quick trellis I had to make for the cucumbers. It’s staked at the base of the garden and then tied up to the fence. This is the perfect place for the cucumbers to climb.

I’ve got Super Sweet 100 Cherry tomatoes which I’ve learned are indeterminate. They kinda just sprawl across the ground and don’t go straight up.

Then, I’ve got Romas. They are determinate and grow straight up. This is something I wish I would have known when planting. I would have planned the space a bit differently. Because, as you can tell from the photo above, everything looks like a jungle.

 For some reason, my favorite has been the pickling cucumbers. I’ve learned that it’s best to build them a trellis. Not only do they take up a lot of prime real estate in your garden but they are also susceptible to powdery mildew. If you get powdery mildew, it cannot be composted because if you use your compost in your garden the powdery mildew will spread to other plants. Yuck, gross, and sad.

One big surprise is that Mister Bunny’s Easter Lily is blooming! I’m a bit surprised because sometimes when you transplant you can’t expect to get blooms in the same season. Like with my irises. They’ll bloom next season.

 My herb garden is super happy. Starting from the back left I’ve got Thyme, Oregano, Flat Leaf Parsely, Marigolds, Chives, Basil, and Lavendar.

 I made this simple bamboo and twine fencing to keep the dog from running through here. It’s totally works and couldn’t be easier.

The mint was not happy in the corner of the yard where I placed it, so it’s been relegated to a pot.

 My morning glories are coming in! They are so beautiful. I’ve got magenta, dark and light blue, and purple. So pretty!

Finally, I was able to get one harvest out of my dwarf peas. I planted these late in the season and so I’m happy it worked out!

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Indoor Citrus Trees

Little Green Notebook: Calamondin (Indoor) Orange Trees.

After seeing a post from Jenny over at Little Green Notebook on citrus trees, I was so inspired to try this in my own home. Unfortunately though, I don’t really have a window that allows enough light in for the trees. Especially, since I live in a home built in the 1950s (that hasn’t been updated much), the isolation just isn’t energy efficient enough for me to leave the blinds up and curtains tied back all day. Also, I live in Austin, Texas where it’s like 159 degrees everyday. I’m on a mission now to find a way to do this. Maybe a small lime tree in the kitchen?

Another bonus to having these plants inside, is that plants in your home help to filter out harmful toxins. Not to mention, they produce yummy fruit. By the way, did you know that ivy in your kitchen filters out harmful gas from your stove. Making the air better quality.

I’m inspired in more way then one.

Do you have a indoor citrus tree? I’d like to know any tips or ideas you might have about owning one.

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