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Dec 10th 2017 at 6:43:35 PM

THE DRAGONFRUIT HAS SPROUTED. The pomegranate seeds are a bit slower, but I am fairly certain a few of them have taproots poking out.

I got fresh potting mix and poked holes in some plastic cups so I can plant them.

I also thinned out my kale and gave them a dose of fertilizer. My violets have started going to seed, so I'm collecting those for starters, too. It's starter city!

Dec 26th 2017 at 11:18:10 AM

It was a false alarm on the pomegranates, but I kept on spritzing them and keeping them warm. Twenty days later I have three pomegranate sprouts! Which is, I think, a 40 percent germination rate. They mostly just look like any other sprouted seeds (aside from being bone white as opposed to brown) but I am proud of myself for not giving up on them.

The kale looks like this, I can't wait until I can harvest them! The peas are long enough to be tied to stakes, the lemon sprouts have each added a new leaf, and the dragonfruit are still doing their best to poke up out of the soil.

Dec 29th 2017 at 7:46:35 PM

I harvested a dandelion plant from the side of a non-pesticide-sprayed lawn because I've always wanted to try the greens. It's a little bit sad-looking so I'll probably cut off all the leaves and let it grow back from scratch.

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Dec 30th 2017 at 10:58:38 AM

[up]Beware the diuretic effects...

Dec 30th 2017 at 11:42:36 PM

Ah yes, the piss-the-bed flower, as the French say.

I'm also thinking of water plants. Watercress, mostly, but tomorrow I'm going to take a walk at low tide and see how many types of seaweed I recognize.

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Dec 31st 2017 at 2:53:16 AM

Water plants... why does my brain always go straight to horseradish and wassabi?

Dec 31st 2017 at 2:04:20 PM

They're water plants???

Anyway, the universe must have liked the thought of me starting a water garden. I got watercress for half off, then found a fully functional (if scratched) aquarium just hanging on the curb. I tested it and it's watertight, so I'm just going to seal the cracks with silicone to avoid scratches.

I'm also going to grab a few pallets from shipments at my workplace to make planters for my trees. The actual project will have to wait till I clear a bunch of boxes off the patio that have been sitting there for months, but it'll be nice to have the materials.

Euodiachloris Relationship Status: Is that a kind of food?
Dec 31st 2017 at 3:25:52 PM

[up]Both like it clean, clear, dim and very waterlogged, yes. Hate it too frosty, too. Wassabi is a proper fen plant that likes its roots wet as much as possible, while horseradish prefers easily drained riverside locals (with frequent flooding).

Jan 2nd 2018 at 2:08:05 PM

I'll have to get more comfortable with root vegetables before I take a look at horseradish and wasabi. I haven't even tried potatoes yet.

I put silicone over the cracks in the tank and started some watercress seeds in a large mason jar. The pomegranate seeds are standing up.

Apr 3rd 2018 at 4:16:51 PM

My three trees: A lemon, a lemon, and a pomegranate.

The packet for my watercress seeds said it would grow fast but I did not comprehend how fast until I WALKED OUT TO SEE THIS.

The rose is smashing through winter dormancy like a boss.

The violet has started putting out runners, or I missed some seeds. I now have twenty extra seedlings and MORE ARE COMING.

The clover is flowering. I don't know why the leaves are so yellow, though.

The kale is looking mighty tasty.

edited 4th Apr '18 11:05:02 AM by Leradny

Apr 4th 2018 at 10:54:27 AM

There are now 40 seedlings. I kept digging out them out only to find three more hidden just under the dirt. Right now, the soil is cleared but it might be a few days until the next crop shows up. I am definitely selling them once they've had a bit of time to recover.

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Apr 4th 2018 at 11:21:09 AM

[up] I have tree envy.

We got a surprise hard freeze a week after I planted everything.

Oh, Midwest.

edited 4th Apr '18 11:21:48 AM by Bur

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Apr 5th 2018 at 8:56:36 PM

:( One of the things I like about California. No winters means I can plant nearly anything at any time.

My lemon seedlings are barely half a year old and the pomegranate is only three months. It'll be quite some time before they actually produce fruit. BUT ONCE THEY DO!!! I'll be set for life :).

Though admittedly I'm willing to wait because I don't use much lemon or pomegranate and I just wanted to know if I could start them from seed and bear fruit at all. I want an orange tree too, but for that I'm definitely getting a tree from the nursery because I do eat them regularly.

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Apr 8th 2018 at 8:01:04 AM

Ooh, can you share details on the watercress setup?

Apr 8th 2018 at 10:45:43 AM

It's an aquarium with a few inches of (organic) potting soil in the bottom. I water it until it's muddy every few days. That's literally all the setup is, it's very simple. I'm thinking you could replicate it by just using a pot WITHOUT a hole in the bottom. I just used the aquarium because I found it in a free pile, haha.

Apr 9th 2018 at 10:00:11 PM

I got a bay laurel leaf cutting from my best friend's place! I've cut off the leaves to dry them. Here's hoping the cutting roots well. Apparently they're slow growers.

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