Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for my family, both immediate and extended. I'm thankful for my pets, and the ability to have a much needed service dog. I'm thankful for all of the little blessings in my life - every time I hear the wind chimes, or see a bird, every time a seed sprouts, or a new idea comes to life, Everytime I make a goal and reach it - no matter how small. I hope everyone else has things to be thankful for too.
Garden updates are in order. It's been a while. I'm down to two pepper plants. Keep in mind they were planted from seed in February. They're just changing color now, so should be good to pick the first week in December. Ten month growing season?
As you can see, the plants I moved indoors are now being attacked by aphids (those white things on the leaves and peppers). I plan on spraying them down with a soap/water mix in the next few days. I had hoped to keep these plants 100% organic but can't find a solution for aphids that doesn't include soap or lady bugs (which I can't really release in my house).
When I saved seeds a while back for some tomatoes I'd grown, I made the mistake of rinsing them, but not laying them out to dry. Our city has been chlorinating the water recently, so when I rinse the seeds they turn black. So I brought the seeds to my parents' house to use their well water. Unfortunately I got busy and forgot to take the clean, rinsed seeds out of the jars and onto a paper towel to dry. They started to sprout. Not wanting to lose my precious Maglia Rosa seeds, I tossed all of them into a pot and let them grow.
It looks like I got about 100% germination. Now if I can just keep them alive until they can produce more tomatoes!
We recently had green onions in one of our dinners, and I thought I'd try to re grow them from the root nubs. Here's what we have after just a few days!
And the cranberry beans I planted gave mixed results. One plant died and the other is turning funny colors (likely due to the aphids), but is producing a single flower!
The Chester Thornless blackberry plant that I got from the USDA is doing well.
In other news, no baby bunnies. We put the other doe with the buck. Hoping for Christmas babies.