Today I cut three sprigs of rosemary from a plant on campus (there are a ton of HUGE plants on campus!), and I am trying to grow my own rosemary plant to put either in the garden or as a hanging plant (I haven't decided which yet). I researched online how to start a plant from a sprig, and most pages said to plant it after putting a solution on the end that would help roots grow. I don't have that solution, and don't want to pay for it if I don't have to, so I am trying two of the sprigs it without it. We'll see if these grow roots.
Another web page said to just put it in a cup of water and after a few weeks you will see roots growing, and then you can plant it. I thought I would try that with one of the sprig. With any luck, one of the three will root and we will have a nice big rosemary plant to go with the red potatoes I planted in the garden last week. Yum!
Last week I planted some lettuce seeds both outside in the garden and in some pots inside. The seeds that I planted in the pots have sprouted! Well, four out of five, which is pretty good. The front two are already a few inches tall, and today I had the wonderful idea of putting them outside so they would get more sun. Of course, it poured today, and now I'm hoping that I didn't drown them. I guess I'll find out in a few days. I'm hoping to have lettuce to serve for salads for Thanksgiving (my parents are coming down), and my gardening books say it can be harvested in 25-70 days, so let's hope for the earlier end of the range!
I came across an article on how to make vanilla extract in my Google Reader today.... and it uses vodka! How crazy is that!
I took some pictures of the garden today to share. This garden was already set up in the backyard when we bought the house. We added some compost that we got for free from the city of Round Rock, but other than that did nothing to the dirt. I hope to do more to prepare the soil for the coming spring.
These are the tomato plants I bought from Walmart. The back one is "Better Bush" and the front one is "Bush Goliath." They don't seem to be growing very fast, and we still need to buy cages for them to keep the tomatoes off the ground once they grow.
These are the bell pepper plants that I started from seed a few months ago. I am going to transplant them into the garden soon!
One of the bell pepper plants has a leaf that looks like it was supposed to be two but merged into one!
These are the onions I planted. We got a pack from Walmart for around two dollars that had a whole bunch of them, and I just stuck them right in the ground.
These are the garlic that I planted a few weeks ago. They have grown so incredibly fast; without a doubt these will be the first thing to be harvested.
I planted some lettuce seeds back when I planted the rest, but they never sprouted. When I transplant the bell peppers, I will plant more seeds and also start some in pots in the house to see if the temperature is what is preventing them from growing. I am also going to plant some red potatoes. It is so neat that you can just cut up a potato, put the pieces with the eyes in the ground, and it grows more potatoes. I can't wait to eat them!