the season so far
This has been a very bad year of container gardening in Boston - I don't really know whether the potting soil I got was just not that great (I did my research, though) or whether it just had all the nutrients washed out of it by more than a month of continuous rain. Whatever it was, things are SLOW. I fertilized. I hope it gets better. - In an utterly unsurprising turn of events, some plants are getting fungus infections. - The sprouting rate for nasturtiums has been pathetic. I mean, UTTERLY pathetic. I wonder if it's soil fertility, but OTOH, nasturtium is supposed to thrive in marginal soils. - Do not get me started about basil. Of course, if I were from Mediterranean climes, I'd also be depressed in this weather. On the more positive side, +/- The volunteer tomatoes are doing rather well (they just showed up in my pots; I was not even planning to grow tomatoes). So is volunteer maple. The irony is that I don't particularly care about them. Ditto for Russian Tarragon, actually - it's proved to be useless for cooking (for now, at least - I hear they improve with maturity), but it's doing well. Sigh. + I got a volunteer purslane. I'm actually quite delighted about that - purslane is tasty - and the plant is doing well. Of course, it also does well in cracks in the pavement. + The microgreens project has been successful. Again, things are a bit slow, but if all you want is a tiny leaf that's fine. The planting schedule (plant a row every Sunday) is working well + The rosemary cutting is thriving. So are my veterans - marjoram and lavender. They are tough birds. I mean, plants. On average, though, things have been rather disheartening. I do like seeing all your thriving garden pics, though. Maybe next year.