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I mixed some MiracleGro into water this morning and gave all the peppers and squash a drink of fertilizer. Hopefully they will appreciate it.


a peeled onion, just sprouted, lying in a ceramic dish with a bit of water

1. my unexpected onion, Monday, 8 May 2017


The onion was having serious mold problems -- two separate kinds, one black and mostly under the skin, and one white and infesting its base where new roots were attempting to sprout. So I peeled it, cut out a couple particularly bad spots, and sprayed it with fungicide. I think that did in its first attempt at growing roots, but it seems to be trying again and at least these new attempts will not get strangled at birth by evil spores. *crosses fingers, wishes it well*


eighteen pepper seedlings, growing in peat cylinders in a black plastic container . small green pepper plant

2. eighteen pepper seedlings
3. the Lazarus pepper


I think all the plants miss going outside for the afternoons -- they really liked the direct sunlight -- but it's been low to mid 40s (Fahrenheit) and/or pouring rain for the past several days in Ithaca, so they're not getting back outdoors until Thursday at the earliest, and possibly not until next Monday depending on how the weather behaves.


four squash photos under the cut )


Methera-the-squash failed to sprout, which saves me from having to figure out which seedling to murder in one of my tubs. I will still have to decide who will survive in the Yan-vs.-Tan and Pip-vs.-Sethera matchups, though. I am hoping another week will make it more obvious which ones are more vigorous than the others.


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two squash sprouts in potting soil . one squash sprout in potting soil

1. Yan and Tan
2. Tethera (no Methera yet)


two squash sprouts in potting soil . one squash seedling growing its first true leaves

3. Pip and Sethera
4. Meeny


My replacement squash have sprouted! (Well, five of them.) For placeholder purposes, I will be calling them Yan, Tan, Tethera, Methera-who-has-yet-to-appear, Pip, and Sethera. (Those names are a mishmash of various British sheep-counting systems, which I think I picked up from a Garth Nix book at some point.)

Meanwhile Meeny continues to thrive... and while I was cleaning out my kitchen this evening (a thing I haven't done for a couple months, because I was so drowned by work that I gave up on cooking for a while) I had to chuck three onions on account of mold and discovered that another one had sprouted. Whoops. It is currently in a small dish with a bit of water, and I will probably plant it this weekend after I've bought two or three large bags of potting soil.


an onion, just sprouted, lying in a ceramic dish with a bit of water

5. An unexpected onion appears!


I grew an onion in 2014 for the hell of it -- it was also an accidental sprout -- but I had no idea when to try harvesting it, which resulted in the plant attempting to sprout and bloom a second time in a single year and eating its bulb down to nothing. Perhaps this time I will do some actual research and manage this unexpected onion better than the last one.

Or maybe it will up and die before I plant it, which would be a little sad, but no great blow. I am pretty philosophical about onions. *wry*


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