Friday, May 13, 2011

Fertilizer experiment update

Gregor Mendel experimented with peas and became the father of modern genetics. The peas, however, do not want to cooperate with me. Actually, they just grew too fast and I needed to transplant them before I could start the experiment. The one pea plant in the MiracleGro (MG) potting soil was growing the fastest - which shows that the cheap soil is cheap for a reason. It may be my imagination, but I feel like the plant in the MG (with the fertilizer) is lanky compared to the plants in the non-fertilized soil. It is difficult to make any conclusion when I have only 1 plant in the MG.
I made a self-watering container using water bottles, a Chinese takeout container, and a styrofoam cup using the instructions at Bucolic Bushwick as a guide.  The end product is not as elegant as Elaine's but hopefully it will do the job. I transplanted my peas and put together a simple trellis using bamboo and string. So now I have 2 pots of peas!
To update on all my other plants. I've got flowers on my zucchini plants!! (the ones on the ground floor) These are male flowers...I guess the female flowers are being coy. I've read that it is normal for the male flowers to come first. One of the flowers were open in the morning and was very beautiful.  I didn't expect vegetable plants to be visually pleasing so it was a nice surprise.
The tomato and pepper seedlings are recovering from the wind/sun overexposure (I think) and seem happy on my windowsill.
The arugula seedlings are also looking good. I'm really excited about these little guys. Even the little seedlings taste really good.
The dill seedlings are starting to look more like dill. They are super cute.

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