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04 June 2011 @ 03:18 pm
Adventures in Gardening and Poor Photography  
You can't tell from these photos, but my garden doesn't get a lot of direct sunlight. It's underneath a stairway at my apartment building, and as such, gets bright brilliant sun for maybe two hours a day on the days when there is bright brilliant sun to be had in Portland.

Apparently this results in extremely tall versions of plants:


Two foot tall broccoli, anyone?


I had to stake my spinach plants. Stake my spinach plants:


Stem salad: the wave of the future.


My tomato plant is at least properly proportioned!


These photos are terrible, but the concrete I was standing on was really hot.


And look! Produce!


Snap pea & stem salad coming right up!


Thus concludes your virtual garden update.

ETA: Dear Livejournal + iPhone: I GIVE UP. I GIVE UP SERIOUSLY. I even re-saved these things on my computer to make sure they were oriented properly. Just refuse to post photos right-side-up ever, and see if I care. I'm so mad I think I will go eat some stems.
 
 
 
~*Cassandra*~: Stock: Star treepolkadotsnplaid on June 4th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
I love that you've got a garden in an apartment complex. That ROCKS.
Little Red: tula sunflowermylittleredgirl on June 4th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
It's expanding, too. I keep picking up more pots at the store. Hehe. The giant terra cotta pots have been there since I moved in, and a neighbor was planting in them for a while... when she moved out she ripped out her plants but left the pots, and I snuck in like a NINJA. Now everyone assumes they're mine. HAHA.
~*Cassandra*~: TV: W13 || Sneakypolkadotsnplaid on June 4th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
Hahaha. You need a Little Red Like a Ninja icon.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on June 4th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
I do! My birthday is this month. I should see if I can demand gifts from my flist. *lols*

Girl I MISS YOU!!! I want to be in the same state and hang out together! Dang nab it. What state are you even in now???
~*Cassandra*~: TV: True Blood || riding in cars w Ericspolkadotsnplaid on June 4th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
I will see if I can create one. :D

LOL I've been in Virginia since November 2008.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on June 4th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
OMG. I am the worst friend because I thought you were in California and DC for at least half of this time. Wait, Virginia is close to DC. Maybe I get to still claim almost-correctness on that one. ;)

ILUUUUU <3

I'm high on iced tea right now and want MORE but have no more.
~*Cassandra*~: Stock: California girlpolkadotsnplaid on June 4th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
I work in DC, so you weren't totally off. I live about 45 minutes outside of DC.
redbeardredbeard on June 4th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
Snap peas and beans. Seriously. They grow amazingly. In anything.
Little Red: tula sunflowermylittleredgirl on June 4th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
I have some ridiculously tall bean plants too. They're bush beans, not pole beans, but they seem to reeeeeally want to be pole beans so I might have to build them a cage.

I don't get a whole lot of produce since my plants spend all their energy becoming COMICALLY TALL. But gardening is still cheaper and more fun than therapy. :)
redbeardredbeard on June 5th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
I've actually begun cutting some things back so they bush out and produce more. But, it doesn't always work. Lately, my tomatillos and I have been doing battle, and I think I'm winning. Plus, baby tomatillos are ADORABLE.
a universal sigh: Fringe - Gene - you need a cow for milknaushika on June 5th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
YAY PLANTS! I have a backyard with which to grow things but I find myself amazingly unmotivated.. gardening is hard.
davethedorkygirl on June 5th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
Way cool!!
ornithoptercatornithoptercat on June 7th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)
You want to look for things that want shade, at the very most part sun, rather than full sun - which is sadly not really tomatoes and such.

I recently discovered the existence of CLIMBING spinach, which we're going to try planting this year - I mean, hey, it was less than a buck for it at the garden store, and apparently my mother had actually heard of this previously. I just like the idea of walking out and just plucking some leaves off the spinach instead of fussing with heads of things!
Little Redmylittleredgirl on June 7th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Theoretically, broccoli and spinach ARE plants that want partial shade, so I think maybe I am just a magical grower of comically tall produce. IDK!
ornithoptercatornithoptercat on June 7th, 2011 05:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think 2 hours may count as full shade then :P Or maybe you need some sorta plant food in there?
Little Red: b5 - ivanova oven - crazybeemylittleredgirl on June 7th, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
My lettuce is normally-proportioned. Maybe I will just plant SEAS OF LETTUCE next year.
ornithoptercatornithoptercat on June 7th, 2011 05:46 am (UTC)
You could get all different kinds! They even have a gorgeous burgundy-red romaine now!
Little Red: tula sunflowermylittleredgirl on June 7th, 2011 05:49 am (UTC)
I'm growing two kinds now! Plus the spinach trees. Oooh, parsley does well too. And radishes! I need to pull out half my radishes, eat them, and then plant more. Farming is hard work!

I also need to research the life cycle of broccoli, because I thought I had broccoli heads growing on top of my massive broccoli plants, and then I walked out there this morning and what I thought were broccoli heads are now a gajillion little yellow flowers. Will they become little broccolis? Has it gone to seed already? It's mysterious BUT EXCITING!
ornithoptercatornithoptercat on June 7th, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
you let it go too long, when the little beads of it start to get loose they are about to flower. cut it off but leave the plants, they might make another head. I think it needs more sun to do well.
Little Red: tula sunflowermylittleredgirl on June 7th, 2011 06:01 am (UTC)
Oh! Damn. Well, it looks awesome, anyway, and I don't feel too bereft for missing out on my two inches of broccoli. At the end of the season I'll cut down my broccoli trees and make a stir-fry with the stems.

Ooooh, I just looked it up, and apparently broccoli plants CAN grow to be 3 feet tall, so perhaps mine are not total freaks of nature. Aww, sadness! This one article diagnoses my plants as flowering too early because they were MISTREATED AS SEEDLINGS. That is just the saddest possible way to say that they weren't transplanted early enough. Also, I suspect I have them too close together, because they're in a container. Further research says that broccoli flowers are good in salads and soups, so ALL IS NOT LOST.

My poor mistreated seedlings that I didn't adopt soon enough from the store!
Andy: yellow_heartankareeda on June 10th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
So cute and cool. And hey you have super special tall plants, they aim for the space. ;)