May 25, 2007 | 4:55 PM PST The first Pepper Blunder of the year is that I started my seeds out late. I know that they take a long time to germinate, I just didn't pay close enough attention to the calendar. I got some of the seeds to germinate and I bought some colored sweet bell peppers from the store. The only pepper that would be in the HOT category that was purchased from the store was a 'Tam Mild Jalepeno. I like the flavor but not too much heat. The next blunder of this season would be that I neglected to add the newspaper and mulch around the plants. This is actually visible in the photo of the Brandywine tomato. I had begun to refer to that area as the grassy knoll. My most recent blunder came last week when I was cleaning up after blunder #2.....weeding the pepper patch. All of the pepper plants were clearly visible. I looked at the plant closest to me and said to myself, "I should be careful not to catch that plant in my fingers as I pull out these weeds". Then what do I do not 1 or 2 minutes later? You guessed it. I pulled that poor baby right out by the roots!!!! I STARTED THAT BABY FROM SEED!!!! Of course I was mortified. Part of the main root was snapped off. I decided to try to save it, so I put it in some water that had fish fertilizer in it. It perked up and I was able to pot it back up. Despite my crazy mistakes my abused pepper baby is doing quite well and I will transplant it back outside sometime in the next week. Needless to say I was much more careful as I worked my way through the rest of the bed. Hopefully I will learn from all of my mistakes. LOL at myself. Gardening is most certainly a journey worth taking.
May 21, 2007 | 2:49 PM PST
giant pumpkin Wow is this plant a quick grower! It is already at least 5 feet long. There are male and female flowers on it and it has put down roots from the nodes on the bottom along the stem. I have been fertilizing and watering regularly. I need this plant to stay in a certain area so I have been guiding its direction and putting in stakes so it will grow in the right direction. Can't wait for the flowers to start opening and the fruit to start growing.
May 21, 2007 | 2:38 PM PST
tomato I have some things doing not so good and some are doing great so far. The tomato plants are doing great overall. I have had two that had problems early on. Those two were pulled out and replaced with more of the same that I still had. The cherry tomato, Brandywine and Supersteak have flowers on them. The Rutger plants are smaller and don't have flowers yet, but they are determinate and I seem to remember them being later last year. I just love the smell of tomato plants when you brush them with your hands. Can't wait to see some baby maters!!!