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It’s been constantly raining unpredictably for the past week and is still drizzling now as I write this. The drippy grey clouds seem to match my mood of bewilderment. I don’t quite understood what happened to my first cherry tomato flower so I’m just going to write it as it is.
My first cherry tomato flower just wilted after a few days so I want to take a picture for my blog. On the left, beside the very wilted first flower is a second one that bloomed a few days after the first and looks as if it is in the proceed of wilting as well.
After the picture was taken, I looked up and @#&%*#! I see no flower!
The flower just simply dropped off immediately after the picture was taken and I didn’t even touch it. Darn is to put it mildly. I’m abit flabbergasted and disappointed. Where did I go wrong this time? Even the second flower is yellowing and looks as if it’s gonna go down the same path as the first. The worse thing is that I am totally clueless.
More cherry tomato flowers are appearing but instead of feeling happy, I’m kind of worried now that they will all share the same fate.
Don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. This blog should be retitled “Dummies Guide on How NOT to Grow Vegetables”.
I was out of town for 9 days and look what happened to my snake beans.
I’ve been trying to “encourage” them to grow around their trellis but I guess they had a mind of their own. This means I can’t lower that portion of the blind anymore. Not that I really mind since their leaves create a nice silhouette too, just that I am amused by their progress.
I swear they looked triumphant. Like “Har! We did it! We made it to the blinds before she came back!”
Continued to check on the progress of my other plants and GASP! What is it that I see?
My first flower!
It’s from one of the cherry tomato plants and it looks like there are 2 more smaller flower buds in fact. Fantastic! Didn’t knew it could be so exhilarating discovering your first flower. It’s like you’re not growing just stems and leaves anymore. SWEET!
This first flower hasn’t bloom fully yet. I know successful germination of the flower to bear fruits is another hurdle but I’m basking in happiness for now cos this means that I am one step closer to tasting red, juicy & delicious home-grown cherry tomatoes.
This Disney tune popped up in my head suddenly while I was admiring my first flower…
“Skippity Do Dar, Skippity Day… My O My, It’s A Wonderful Day!”
It sure is a wonderful day!
The snake beans plants have started to creep around their bamboo trellis about 5 days ago. I am so amazed at their instinctive ability to seek out the support and slowly creep its way upwards. For a city raised person who hasn’t grown anything before, this is a very interesting thing to observe. Pardon my gushing as this is such a trivial, common sight for gardeners. I promise to get a grip on myself.
My snake beans are almost touching the top of the balcony railings. The yellow arrows mark the height of each plant now. The blue line marks their average height 2 weeks ago.
The lone lemon balm seedling was joined by 6 other seedlings about 5 days ago. Guess it wasn’t a lone ranger like I thought, just an early starter.
Dill is coming along nicely, but looks abit overcrowded, doesn’t it? But I have no heart to pull any out. Could I just leave it as it is? Or will they be able to stand being transplanted to another container? Maybe I’ll try transplanting some.
Parsley is coming along nicely too.
Chives are a half-hearted dismal affair. Could it be the soil that I am using?
Out of the original 10 cherry tomato seedlings that sprouted, I have kept 5 of them. Transplanted 2 into their individual plastic bottle containers and kept 3 in the original pot for now. They are coming along nicely too.
After the mouldy Okra seed incident, one wonderful Okra seedling managed to germinate out of a batch of 8 seeds that I tried to sow again. I will try to germinate some again so that I could have at least 2 Okra plants. I love steamed Okra.
I give up on Coriander. There seems to be no sucess whatsoever, no matter how I try to germinate them. Will listen to advice and get new fresh seeds. My mom seems to be mocking me silently with the way she continues to grow her coriander that she bought from the market.
Sometimes I’ll wake up, brush my teeth groggily and dash out abruptly to the balcony to see what popped up overnight. It’s like suddenly recalling that I have plants! Then I will squat by each pot excitedly and inspect each of them while still brushing my teeth.
I guess this is the best part about waking up in the mornings now. Something new everyday. Guess it’s cos I’m growing stuff for the first time and seeing everything for the first time. Do gardeners get jaded with each batch of the same plant that they grow? I doubt so. We like watching our babies grow. (although I am hardly a gardener)
Lemon Balm has sprouted but strangely there’s only one sole survivor. The lone ranger. Just as well cos it saves me from the pain of deciding which seedling to pull out when overcrowding occurs. Nothing must happen to you.
Chives sprouted with about 70% successful germination rate. Parsley sprouted with about 70% successful germination rate as well. But the best thing is that after needless worrying, I have 10 Cherry Tomatoes Seedlings! Which translated into 80% germination rate. Not bad at all. Guess I was too impatient previously.
But as they grow, the dilemma would be which one to pull out in order to make space for sufficient growth. To me, it’s cruel to pull them out since they have been given life. But I can’t have 10 cherry tomato pots around in the balcony…. Sigh. It’s times like these when you envy those with gardens.
Note to self: Do not be greedy ever. Only germinate what you can grow.
Dill germinated on schedule 5 days ago and look at them now! I guess there will be overcrowding for sure right? But I’m damn happy to see a potful now so we’ll worry about it later.
My snake beans have also sprouted more leaves other than their very first pair. My mom commented that snake beans will grow faster once they have support. Determined to recycle as much as possible rather than buy wooden sticks, she found broken off branches that were lying around the estate.
After the supports are in, I swear that the seedlings seem to grow even faster. They are about 8 inches tall now, 5 inches taller in 5 days. Do they instinctively know that the supports are there to help them grow? Plants can feel right?
Maybe I am just imagining things.