Apartment Patio Garden Update

Container Garden

garden 


Basil

  

So much basil 🙂

It smells glorious.

Basil propagation worked!

All I did was pinch a top of a basil plant and put it in a shot glass of water by the window for a week.

There’s something so grounding about these new roots. It’s like a wave of certainty ensuring myself that the plant will survive.

I believe in you! 

I actually talk to my plants a lot :O

Also, a mini jalapeño fell off while I was smelling it! It was incredibly spicy and fresh.

 basil

Muahaha another propagation!

*Tip –  when cutting the top of the basil plant make sure to leave enough room for roots & gently scrape the end of the stem where the new roots will emerge.

Purple Basil

Currently working on getting some roots from my purple basil. Here’s the progress after about 2 weeks:

  

& here is the original plant:

purple basil 

The new home of the propagated purple basil:

   

When I first introduced its new home a caterpillar came out of nowhere and began eating all of my basil >< so I ripped off the leaf it was perched on and threw it in the grass. Easy fix. 

So these two pictures (above an below) are after the caterpillar incident and some serious growth time.

 
Looking pretty swell, Basil.

Mint

A common theme that I noticed in a couple of Texas gardens was that mint flourishes with ease and overtakes the garden. I was totally surprised when I learned about this because of my skimpy mint plant. (Jk it’s still a super beautiful fragrant plant that I love)

But I wish I had that problem. Definitely still working on mint.

I’m currently trying to propagate mint. Began soaking in water on June 19th.

**update – it did not work so I am trying it again

  


Green Onion

  

Not too sure what happened to my green onion, maybe there’s too much stuff in there. 

I ended up buying more green onions today, which is only the second time this year I must add 🙂 

So I will be replanting those in a container by themselves.

& here they are! They’ve already begun to grow:

  

Holy abundance! I have plenty of green onions now, feeling successful 😀

  
Cilantro

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My dad planted some cilantro seed and now we have growth! 

 

  

Yay cilantro, what an interesting plant

  

  

The cilantro is beginning to become fragrant. Can’t wait!!

Lavender

   

 I recently got a beautiful lavender plant 🙂 it smells divine

I’ve tried to propagate this one as well. I’ve already got a tiny root after sitting in water for about a week!

  

I got a second lavender plant because I love the smell so much but something happened & it’s not lookin too hot

  

😦

Tomato

One day, I will have so many tomatoes that I’ll be forced to make a ton of salsa and then I’ll have salsa forever 

I hope!!!

  

We had to move it inside because of the storm but we only have one so far. Wish I knew more about growing tomatoes in containers.

 tomato  

Fresh tomatoes are out of this world.

  
I thoroughly enjoyed that 😀

Since picking the first tomato, I crushed egg shells and used my hands to help incorporate them into the dirt. 

Egg shells = calcium

I also made a fertilizer using Epsom salt and water (2 tbs Epsom salt + 1 gallon of water) which I used today June 30th.

Jalapeño 

  

When we first got this jalapeño plant it was flowering so beautifully and produced 3 jalapeños total, which I feel should have been a lot more, but it was so nice having some fresh jalapeños on hand. 

I can’t go back to store-bought! It’s just not the same as a fresh, crisp, bright green jalapeño with a super spicy kick. 

I recently read about “topping” your pepper plants, which includes chopping off the top of your plant, but I decided against it since I saw teeny baby flowers. 

 
I also covered more of the stem with dirt, I read that pepper plants really like to be cozy and tucked into the dirt farther up on the stem than you’d normally assume. 

I don’t know if it worked but those tiny flowers are looking much more prominent as if something is about to happen. 

If anyone has any tips on how to get maximum yield the natural way please let me know!

* update – I did the same as with the tomato plant (crushed eggshells and Epsom salt fertilizer) and now we have a bunch of adorable little flowers that will bloom into beautiful jalapeños.

   
 
Strawberries

  

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