My pot plants haven't done well this season. Things started out okay, I began with clean tubs, new potting mix, but my seeds were old.
In spite of that, quite a lot of them germinated, particularly tomatoes.
Of course it would be the tomatoes....I eat so few of them, it's cheaper to buy a couple when i want them.
Lettuces came up....and died. More were planted. They came up.....and died. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
Who needs lettuce anyway?
One capsicum seedling grew, (after three others had died); two miniature rockmelons, out of the four that germinated. Both developed flowers which died in the heatwave, although the plants survived.
I moved all the pots around to the side of the house where they could get a little shade from the trees, but the air temperature was still way too hot.
I have two surviving tomato plants which are nothing more than stalks with a few leaves.
The capsicum is still hanging in there, about two feet tall, just a single stem, three leaves right near the top, nothing else.
Even the beans have died. I only planted three and got a few beans to eat before the heat killed them off.
But at least I know the bean seeds will grow, so I'll plant more in May and have beans for winter meals.
I decided to stop watering .
I'd let everything die off, then clean out the pots, disinfect them, get them ready for planting bulbs in.
For the first time in my life, I've ordered spring flowering bulbs.
With no garden to plant them in.
Hmmm, what was I thinking? No garden.....but I see Elephant Child's garden so often with all its bulbs blooming..........
So....pots. I'll be purchasing several wide bowl shaped pots too, I'll be filling those with freesias.
50 of them.
50 freesias not 50 pots......
Some of these will be on the front porch, some around the side and I'll place a few pots out in the garden and hope the ants don't get into them too much.
I swear I have half of Australia's ant population out there!
Yesterday, I decided it was time to pull out the non-productive tomatoes, capsicum etc. Out I went with gloves on and a cardboard box for the plants.
Imagine my surprise when I saw this.....
A tiny, baby, miniature rockmelon!!
I gave it some water immediately and now I'm hoping it will keep growing. It's full size will be about the same as a tennis ball. Right now it's about ping pong ball size.
And there's this! See the stem swelling right behind the flower? Possibly another melon, we'll have to wait and see if it develops.
I emptied all the other pots.....the washing and disinfecting will happen on the weekend. Maybe.
There's plenty of time, the bulbs were only ordered last week.
As well as freesias, I have ordered sparaxis, grape hyacinth, bluebells, triteleia, ranunculus and ixia. It was a pre-selected package deal in a magazine.
I know that regular hyacinth is too strongly scented, so I'm hoping the grape hyacinth will be okay.
If not, they'll be put out into the garden where I can't smell them.
And I have to buy a few other things too.
Blood&Bone, Dynamic Lifter, extra potting mix, a large plastic rubbish bin to mix the potting mix and fertilisers before filling the new pots.
I'll get all those things at the same time I buy pots, then I can have it all delivered.