Diary of an Average Gardener

I Want to Garden

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Yes, I Want to Garden!

But it’s just too cold and wet to get motivated for outdoor gardening (even though I really need to get in gear whether the weather is good or bad). Yes, that is snow and ice on top of my garden…..again, here in Atlanta.IMG_20140130_150213_009

Plus, my mother has been ill and I’ve been away so even my little mobile garden has gone unattended. All is well with my 91 year old mother now, so I’m back home and ready to get back to my little mobile cart garden and if the snow melts…. maybe some garden clean up.

Things I should have done, but have not, are thinning and transplanting. Although, most of the plants don’t look too badly for the wear, some are way to weak and spindly. Today’s task is to thin and transplant some of the healthier seedlings.

The picture to the right is an example of untended marchmocilegardenseedlings. The basil (far left) looks the best, even if they are too close.  Next, the parsley is too thick and the stems are thin and weak.The lettuce (almost middle) is too thickly planted in some places and sparse in others. However, it is starting to look like lettuce, but it does have week stems, so it may do itself in. In the center are the onions. These seedlings look like new grass. The stalks are very thin and droopy. I don’t know if this is what they should look like or not.  Moving right the bare space has the thyme. It is actually sprouting. Thyme is slow to start, so I have time to thin the thyme. (lol). On the right are three rows of tomatoes. Each row is a different type of tomato. I was more careful to space the seeds a little ways apart, so these seem to be doing OK. However, they do need thinning. All in all, two weeks of no attention makes a difference. This is not the result I had planned. I will have to adjust and adapt and play catchup for a few days.  The first task I need to accomplish is thinning.

The Thinning Process

Parsley stemsThis picture of the parsley is a good example of seedlings that are too close to each other. Note that some of them have extremely thin stems and some do not. I’ll go after the thinnest.

I use a pair of small scissors and start snipping the thinnest stems.  I try to leave some clusters of 2-3 stems in a group and the rest as single stems with an inch in between them. “Why?” you ask.  Well, it’s just an observation, but when you buy parsley in a pot already growing, it looks like they were planted in a group. So…..I left some in small groups.   Picture of thinning and picture of end results on the parsley. thinned parsley

















Here’s the thinned out basil.2014-03-09 11.45.51