I’ve seen everyone else is suffering from the same pangs I am: I’m ready for spring! I miss gardening! I need warmth and sunlight!
So, to try and improve my mood a bit, I’m attempting to plan next summer’s garden. Since I’m still new to the whole being-responsible-for-my-own-plot thing, I’m not terribly confident about what/where I should plant. I’m considering getting one of those sun calculators that I’ve seen available, but they’re like $30 and to me that’s pretty darn expensive.
Last year I grew three tomato plants, of which only one produced fruit. They were the little pear-shaped yellow ones, which were cute but don’t really satisfy the summer tomato craving. I want sandwich tomatoes! I also tried peas which rotted from too much rain, onions, which also rotted, and rosemary, parsley and basil, which were fine. I think chives are pretty impervious to damage.
I thought that by bringing in some of my herbs I could offset the January blues and have some nice plants around the house. Unfortunately, my herbs HATE BEING INDOORS. My sage and basil died within a week. Both parsley pots have gotten mites of some sort. The thyme dried out and is looking really pathetic and twig-like. Savory is the same. The only thing still growing well is the rosemary, which I try to keep well watered but I’m concerned about giving wet feet.
I’m wondering if one way to save things is with some glass cloches. I got a couple for Christmas and they are quite pretty. I put them over my little baby orange trees to keep the dog from digging in their pots, and they seem to really love it. I can tell it keeps things more humid, which is a good thing. Maybe I should just get some more.
What am I doing wrong? I want the plants to get good sun, but the sage and basil I’m pretty sure died from being too close to a cold window. I know the air is extremely dry in the house, but I’m afraid to over water. Maybe I should try to move them into the bathroom?
Dead plants make me very sad :(.
- 16 Jan, 2010
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