Anita – Week 3

This has been an amazing process! All of my seeds have sprouted into seedlings. I’ve been watering the plants several times a week. Before I water, I verify that the soil is all most dry. I don’t want to over water the plants. Even though I inspected the location of my garden prior to placing it,  I still like to check the sun exposure. Everything appears to be working out okay.

 

Grow baby plants, Grow!

However, I hope y’all didn’t make the mistake that I made. In one of the you tube videos, the gardener suggested making a map of your garden, methodically planning where everything goes. In order to continue my motivation for the project, I jumped straight into creating the garden. I did not do much planning on the layout. I even wrote the names of the plants on the pots. Smart, right? Nope, not when the ink becomes distorted on the pots because of the water and not when you plant the pots in the ground. Something I will definitely do different next year is label the vegetables some how. As exciting as it will be discover which vegetables are cucumbers and which are jalapenos, I think I will approach that aspect differently in the fall.

I haven’t had any pest issues yet, luckily. Except for caterpillars and butterflies, but I don’t consider those pests. I wonder if the best approach is to be proactive and spray pesticides on the plants or reactive and wait until I see a problem. I’d like to keep the plants as “natural” as possible, so I will be reactive.

I’m a little concerned about my tomato plants. There are little baby tomatoes growing, however the plant leaves are turning yellow. This does not look healthy.

 

Poor little tomato plant

The Texas A&M Aggie Horticulture website has some information on various problems with tomato plants.

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/lawn_garden/veg.html

I plan to look through the document to see if I can diagnose the problem.

I did not add fertilizer to my soil, so that is next on my list of gardening things to do. When Mark Gaddy spoke to us during our field trip, he provide some insightful thoughts about deciding soil, compost, fertilizer, etc. He explained to pros and cons about selecting cheap fertilizer versus not as cheap fertilizer. It sounded like there is an inverse correlation between price and smell. The lower the price, the worse the smell. I wonder if my lack of fertilizer is the reason my tomato plant leaves are turning yellow?

 

 

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