CityDiggity

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Progress report: Hey, there’s actual progress to report!

DSC00467DSC00466DSC00471The 4th of July was the kind of day every garden needs — to my mind, at least once a week or so. It rained all day, not a hard, raucous rain, but a soft and gentle one. A rain that caressed the plants — from leaf to root — encouraging them to new heights.

And, of course, it gave the weary container gardener a day’s reprieve from having to hoist the watering vessel.

By Sunday morning the rain was a misty memory, and by the afternoon I was able to get out on the balcony and take advantage of the last day of the three-day hiatus from workers doing their best Spider-man impressions on the south face of our building.

I surveyed the planters and pots and took stock of what needed to be done to fill in the thin spots. I think I’ve mentioned before that I had extra plants in a flat that I held on to in case I needed to replace anything… Good that I did, after the rocky times of late.

I also had a number of seedlings, still in their little peat pouches, which I couldn’t identify because the labels had been washed away. I’d been waiting for them to grow to the point where they had a blossom or leaves that I could identify. I didn’t just want to put them in the planters since I’d been trying to balance the palette and scale. I thought if I plopped them in willy-nilly I’d wind up with all one color — or one height.

A few are now identifiable and can be incorporated into the planters. (I replaced the marigolds that died with gold and orange ones that sprouted from my seeds.) As for the rest, I suppose a little surprise down the line might be considered part of the fun of gardening. So, I gave it my best guesstimate based on the leaves that have emerged and got all the unidentified seedlings potted, too.

Also, I was glad to see that some of the herb seeds I planted as replacements for the herbs that were done in by the harsh sun have sprouted: parsley, cilantro, dill.

And, the first flowers are emerging on one of my heirloom tomato plants. Yay!

Visions of caprese salad already are dancing in my head.

[Photos: tomato plant, cilantro, marigold]

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6 Comments»

  Stephanie wrote @

hey this is good news! I love gentle rain coz my plants love it!. After that when the sun comes back, I can really see my plants growing. Good to know that the seeds you sowed germinated. Mine is coming so slowly. I kept watering them everyday (twice a day!). I hope to show some progress report soon. But for now, not much to report he he he. Happy watching your little little plants grow!

  City Diggity wrote @

Thanks Stephanie,
I need to go out and water again, too. You’re right, the sun is really helping the cause this week. Hopefully your plants will shoot up soon (they look so pretty on your blog) and mine will keep growing!

  Megan wrote @

There’s nothing like a good rain in the garden, no hand watering makes plants gleam the same way. Smart of you to wait and see before filling in with seedlings. I hate when I end up with a bunch of plants all the same height, and it happens all too frequently. I’m still learning on the herb garden front. I didn’t start replacements for the dill or parsley, and now I’m wishing I did.

  City Diggity wrote @

Megan, the herb seeds sprouted very quickly, so if you plant them now, you’ll have sprouts within a week, too.

Elizabeth, I can’t wait to hear more about your garden.

Jo, thanks for the kind words. I’ve seen even more flowers on that tomato plant since this post!

  elizabethm wrote @

Hi and thanks for visiting my blog. I have finished blogging about my long walk now and should be able to get back to gardening! I know just what you mean about a particular sort of rain. You can just feel the plants softly growing!

  Jo wrote @

Glad to read this post, Avis. You sound much more upbeat about your plants than you did a little while ago when you lost some.
It won’t be long now until you’re eating those tomatoes!


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