Balcony container vegetable garden in Baltimore city
Friday, May 27, 2011
Flowers on the peas!...and tomato leaves curling
The peas are growing very quickly and they are starting to outgrow the trellis. I'm not sure if I should build a taller support because I wouldn't be able to reach that high anyway. I'm wondering if I can coax the plants to grow sideways. I also noticed some flowers yesterday, I didn't notice it earlier because they camouflage pretty well with the foliage. I'm very happy to see the flowers because I was thinking it might be too hot for the peas to produce any pods. Looks like I might be able to harvest a couple of peas!
Super Snap pea flower
The peas shooting up above the trellis
I noticed that the tomato leaves were curling up. I was a little concerned but I read here and other sites that this type of curling is the plant adjusting to changes in the environment (it has been really hot the past couple of day). I know I haven't been over-watering so I definitely think the plant is adjusting to the heat (makes sense to try to reduce surface area by curling). I also read that sometimes if the foliage grows quicker than the roots, it curls up like this to reserve energy for root growth. I feel so bad that this plant is confined to this container so the roots can't really grow so much. Hopefully it will do OK.
On a happier note, the arugula is coming back I think! I moved it from direct sun to a space under the balcony - I think it is much happier there.
Arugula on the top, mescluns in bottom container
I just love the flowers on the ichiban eggplant. I didn't know I was such a flower person, but I guess I am!