WinterMinis - 2009/2010

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Replanted the minis today. Will do the usual scheme - one lettuce, one ornamentals. But for the moment, the ornamentals are incubating in my pro100, and two of them may stay there...

20090927: Planted 3 pods silvia red romaine. Other mini is growing 3 "tea" clones - 2 pineapple sage, 1 lemon basil. At least one of those is for my mother's birthday present, to go with the AG tea kit (which only has 6 pods).  In pro100, planted 1 pod each thumbelina zinnia and convolvulus. Already had 3 mimulus pods, planted 9/18 (9 days older).

It takes surprisingly little fresh pineapple sage and lemon basil to make a cup of tea. I just took the leaves I'd clipped off the cuttings (maybe 10) and boiled in the microwave and steeped for 5 minutes or so, and it's a pretty good herbal tea.

I'd love to grow the zinnia and convolvulus in the mini, but I have my doubts. The ones I planted in my annual bed came out funky. The supposedly 6" zinnia is 2' tall and wide and sports lavender blooms - a color that does not appear on the package. The "bush morning glory" convolvulus looks anything but. Most of them never flowered at all. The ones that did, are pretty sprawling. And their foliage looks like the sort of weed I'd yank quickly. So... Maybe 2 of the 5 flower pods will stay in the pro100 purely for experiment... (ATM, the pro100 is mostly growing a tomato seedling.)

20091120: Very short-lived lettuce garden. Replanted in comparative romaine - 4 seeds each, one pod each, roman emperor, little caesar, and red silvia romaines. Hopefully it'll last a little longer...

20091205: Latest 2-week lettuce now on fresh 1.7 EC/6 pH nutes. Dumped and refilled the reservoir on remaining mimulus, too, using my cucumber nutes.

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Retired the flowers this

Retired the flowers this week, too, and replanted with gazanias and brachychome. So I'll close this with a last picture of the plants I potted out some time ago, to winter by my cold bedroom slider:

12 week impatiens cutting, I forget how old the mint and snapdragons / coleus are. Sun only touches the snaps a little in winter. 

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Retired the last of the

Retired the last of the lettuces. Ought to replant that, and retire the mimulus. For now, giving some TLC to a carmen pepper started in the LED side of the tomato-pepper CFL/LED test.

21 week mimulus, 11 week impatiens, carmen peppers 3 weeks from seed / 1 week from germination. 

The ladybug is still hanging out in the flowers, and I haven't seen any fungus gnats in a while.

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    Our ladybug took up

11 week romaines, may simply crop soon. 20 week mimulus, 10 week impatiens, from the impatiens side. Bowl overflowing with roots. 20 week mimulus, 10 week impatiens flipside. Ladybug living here now (lower right just above orange bloom) 

Our ladybug took up residence in the mimulus.

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   I wasn't sure whether

10 week romaines 19 week mimulus, 9 week impatiens. 

I wasn't sure whether hacking back the mimulus would help or hurt the impatiens, which are a special extra-shady variety. But they seem to have loved it. I'm starting to debate whether/when to remove the mimulus, so I can enjoy the impatiens better. They've been there an awfully long time.

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9 week romaines 18 week mimulus, 8 week impatiens. Need pruning badly. 

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8 week romaines. 17 week mimulus, 7 week impatiens from cuttings. Bowl is overflowing with roots. 

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7 week romaines - delicious. Roman Emperor (left) is especially sweet. 16 week mimulus, 6 week impatiens from cuttings. Maybe a bit too bright for the shady lady impatiens. 5 week snapdragons and a coleus, 6 week shady lady impatiens from cuttings. 

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6 week romaines 15 week mimulus, 5 week impatiens from cuttings. 4 week snapdragons & coleus fresh-planted, 5 week impatiens from cuttings. V. chilly by that window, and not v. bright. On the other side of that window. Great outdoors currently 20F, wind howling, + light snow, for the warmth of the day...

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Mimulus and romaines doing

Mimulus and romaines doing fine. Was hard to do it, but cut the mimulus way back to move the impatiens in. Transferred snapdragons and a peppermint into the eggplant back row nursery next. Coleus and lemon balm still in the Park Starts block.

5 week romaines. 14 week mimulus before cutting back to make room for impatiens. (This is one pod, 2 happy plants.) 14 week mimulus pruned, 4 week impatiens cuttings installed. 3 week bambino eggplant, 4 week impatiens cuttings just before transplant. 3 week bambino eggplant, now back row is 3 snapdragons and a peppermint pod. The other couple 4-week impatiens cuttings after a day in the pot - they seem to be coping. 

 

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Mimulus and romaines doing

Mimulus and romaines doing well, backup flowers coming along.

4 week romaines, thinned and in munching mode. 13 week mimulus very happy. The white is blooming, too, but in back of the orange

One of the salmon impatiens cuttings looks about to bloom. Hopefully have scarlet, hot pink, and salmon impatiens. Thinking the salmon would look best with the mimulus?

2 week bambino eggplant finally sprouted. 3 week impatiens cuttings on back row for the moment. 3 week impatiens cutting looks about to bloom - salmon, I think. 

Snapdragons and coleus take forever to get going (that's why I don't start them in the AG).

2 week coleus, 3 snapdragons. 1 week lemon balm and peppermint not sprouted yet. 

 

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