Impromptu Vegetable Garden: Day 17

Our First Tomatoes!

Our very first Sungold Tomatoes. Aren't they cute?

Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve got exciting news to report. After 17 full days in the ground, we’ve got a tomato!!! Two, actually. We went away for the weekend to my parents’ house and came back to completely different plants. They hadn’t really been growing all that well since I last updated. Lots of rain, followed by cloudy days and no sunshine means very little progress. On a sunny day, the plants get anywhere from 6-8 hours of sunlight. This was the first weekend they really saw the sun, and they seem to have taken advantage. Obviously, we hope the progress continues. Being able to see the first fruits of your labor really makes all the difference. We’re so excited!

The tomatoes are starting to rely on their cages a little bit more, now. But not much change with the eggplant.

One thing we’ve had to adjust to with our garden’s back alley locale is that we have no working outdoor water hookup. So that we don’t have to run up and

down the stairs from the apartment to the garden every time the plants need watering (which is very often), we’ve placed a giant plastic bin underneath the gutter to collect rain run-off. Aside from one little hiccup when an unidentified alley-goer dumped our water, this method has been working very well! We’ve re-purposed an old Brita as a watering can and Finn does all the watering before he leaves for work in the morning. If it’s going to be a sunny day, we water, and if it’s going to rain we don’t! Simple as that.

We’re trying to keep things organic in both our vegetable and herb gardens, so most fertilizers are out. We did a little bit of research online and found that some people sprinkle their extra coffee grounds on the topsoil to alter the nitrogen levels in the soil, and add eggshells to provide minerals. If the plants are lucky, Finn will bring some of those down when he leaves for work since his typical breakfast involves eggs from our Stone Soup Farm CSA and a few mugs of coffee.

Our other pride and joy at the moment - Cilantro! See how the leaves get smaller and smaller as the plant grows? Is this normal?

Despite all of these things we’re doing for our little garden, one thing we’re noticing is that our poor little eggplant plant doesn’t appear to be growing very well. It’s only grown an inch or two, and isn’t really producing new leaves or flowers. Does anyone have any experience growing eggplant?

On a more positive note, if my cilantro plant doesn’t slow down I think we’ll have to do some kind of cilantro giveaway on this here blog. It’s out of control! It has yet to flower, but has shot upward 12 or 13 inches since we planted it 3 weeks ago. I’m wondering whether or not it’s normal that it seems to have developed a fairly woody stalk, and the leaves on that stalk are getting smaller and smaller and are beginning to look more like dill and less like cilantro. Should we trim it? Thoughts?

As always, we’d appreciate any and all tips – especially if you think we’re doing it wrong. Happy gardening!


2 Responses to Impromptu Vegetable Garden: Day 17

  1. Adrienne says:

    When cilantro leaves get feathery, it means it’s bolting, flowers won’t be long now.. Time to prune! And prune it thoroughly.

    And my eggplants totally didn’t make it this year either.

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