May 24, 2018
11 days ago I planted this tomato seedling after accidentally severing it from its root ball. I buried as much of the stem as I could and did my best to keep the soil moist. Tomatoes can grow new root systems, but the biggest hurdle to clear was keeping the plant hydrated enough to avoid vascular collapse long enough for rooting to occur. Think of it like cut flowers in a vase; the stem alone can draw water for a few days, but eventually the flowers wilt.
As you can see, the plant is alive and healthy today! It’s still quite small as all its available energy has had to go toward growth below the soil, but it should take off soon. Meanwhile my father-in-law’s plant is fully 2 feet tall 😅
May 13, 2018
Disaster! A runaway tomato cage decapitated one of my tomato seedlings today as I was preparing to plant mine in it’s final home.
The victim wasn’t the seedling I had planned to keep for myself, but ‘you break it, you buy it’. So, now we have a two-part science experiment.
Hypothesis A: the root ball and remaining stem will send out new shoot(s) and continue to grow
Hypothesis B: the rootless stem will produce a new root system and continue to grow
It’s maybe not as hopeless as it seems; tomatoes can grow roots nearly anywhere along the stem and particularly from leaf nodes. This is why you should bury tomato seedlings up to the top few sets of leaves when you plant them. The deciding factor will be if the planted stem can hang on long enough to grow new roots.
I might be buying a seedling for myself next weekend!
Anemones are blooming! This one’s called ‘Sylphide’ and is a very dramatic magenta against the deep merlot of the ‘Black Hero’ tulips. Zoom in to see all the cool details!
This ‘Perfect Lady’ narcissus greeted me on the way out the door this morning. It’s lovely to see the bulbs I planted last fall starting to bloom after a dreary spring.
April 23, 2018
Added these beauties to my deck garden today, Baby Senetti ‘True Blue’ and calibrachoa ‘Creamsicle’.
Not too many flowers come in really blue blues like this, and I had to stop myself from posting four hundred photos of the same flower from infinitesimally different angles.
Just a quick update on my tomato seedlings – they’re coming along nicely, most with two sets of true leaves after just over 2 weeks. Three of the original set didn’t sprout so I replanted those – that’s why a couple seedlings are behind the others.
The sprouts are maybe getting a little leggy; the setup I have doesn’t let me put the light as close to the pots as I’d like. I’m not too concerned about it, though. When I plant my tomatoes I always bury them up to the top few sets of leaves anyway, because tomatoes will grow roots from the buried stem and leaf nodes. This actually improves the root structure of the plant!
April 5, 2018
First batch sprouting, second batch sown.
Mar 31, 2018
It’s time to start tomatoes!
I like to experiment, so I like to try a new variety every year. Starting with seeds gives you more options than waiting for seedlings from the garden centre, so every year I end up with a whole packet of tomato seeds when I only need one plant.
So I plant one for myself, and one for my mom, and for my father-in-law, and then I still have a handful left. This year I thought “oh, maybe Coworker A will want one!” and sure enough he did, so then I thought well, perhaps Coworkers B and C might also, I know they garden too. I posed the question in our Coworker group chat, and long story short…
I’m now growing eleven tomatoes.
Flowers this gorgeous deserve close-ups!