Doing A Little Garden Catchup

Boards are over! Hooray!! I procrastinated some garden things while I focused on boards, so now I get to catch up with gardening. 🙂 Here’s the short list for today:

  1. Cut back marigolds.
  2. Plant rooted Thai basil
  3. Plant sprouted plum seeds.


First on the list is cut back the marigolds. I did this in the morning before work, so I would have daylight. I initially planned to cut the plants all the way down or rip them out entirely, but I they are still blooming, and I don’t have anything planned for this space, so….

…I decided to just cut off the dead blooms. I hadn’t deadheaded at all over the summer and fall. I actually don’t really mind the spent blooms, but I’m not the only one who lives here, and I recognize it can become a bit of an eyesore.

Here’s the after:

Not all that much better (I missed a few blooms, plus the camera angle is off in the second image). These marigolds live to see another day!


Next up: Thai basil!

These Thai basil cuttings have grown long whiskery roots, so it’s time to pot them up.

Done. Easy peasy.

The Thai basil in the garden is actually still alive, so maybe I didn’t need to do this at all…maybe Thai basil is hardy enough to overwinter in our climate outside? I’ll let you know in April how it fared.


Lastly, plum seeds:

I believe I told you last week that two more plum seeds have sprouted

Well, the one on the left has since rotted. C’est trop tragique. But the one right is still growing.

And now it has been potted in dirt.

Ta Da! Here is my mini window container garden. The plum is in the middle, Thai basil on the right, and the jade plant cuttings are on the left.


All this only took maybe 20 minutes all together. I just couldn’t muster the energy or courage to do them amidst boards and work. All I needed was to make a list. Nothing beats the satisfaction of crossing tasks off a To Do list!

Seed Update: Palo Alto Veggies and Herbs #2

The zucchini and winter squash that I planted a few weeks ago are growing really well! The seeds were planted on July 3rd. Given that the seed packet said days to germination would be 10-14 days, I’m pretty pleased with growth these plants have put on since being planted 17 days ago. The photos for my last update were taken July 10th, so these photos represent just over a week of growth. Isn’t photosynthesis amazing!

There are four zucchini squash coming up now.

July 10
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Planting Seeds for the New Garden

Last Friday, I had the day off of work due to July 4th, and took the opportunity to plant a few seeds. I had brought a handful of seed packets down with me — most of which were two to three years old. Couldn’t hurt to put them in dirt, though, right?

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