optimistic chilli

 

 

So, i started using my instagram account again recently, as a part of attempting to create more content rather than just observe, and i’m really enjoying it.  there’s something very intimate and yet casual about it – moments into other people’s lives in images, and a far more interesting way to present the self, in a lot of ways, then something like facebook.  however, it’s funny because i feel like i might double up a bit too much with the blog posts! not that it matters, given i mostly keep the blog for me, and well, i hardly expect my garden blog to be making new traffic records for wordpress.  but still.

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tomatoes! and cement!

here’s one variety of tomato, which i’m pretty pleased with. i’ve tried very minimal staking this time, because honestly, it’s a balcony. the tomato is not going to rot from draping on the cement. this isn’t draping so much as reaching out, and is a fair bit off the ground. but i’ll just let them be, and see how i go.

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mystery chilli

this is the title chilli.  no idea what it is.  but it’s awesome? optimistic it’s going to develop even a bit of heat… but it’s always a gamble. i’ve not had the best luck with chillis.

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chard? silverbeet? something like that.

i’m pretty sure this is rainbow chard? whatever it is, it’s delicious, and growing really brilliantly. i had some with dinner the other night.

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tomato! hurah!

and last but never least – an actual real tomato!  yep!  this is the 4th ripe one so far – but the bush is covered so i’m looking forward to a lot more.

the heat seems to be just the right amount, with the light/shade balance.  there’s actually very little direct sun – seriously, most plants aren’t getting any at all, but they are doing so much better than at the old place that got far, far more direct sunlight. i think the temperature is consistent, and that probably helps – it’s warm, but not too warm, and the sun isn’t as likely to burn everything and leech all the water out of the terracotta pots! this is a good reminder lesson for me – that you cannot always follow the advice of The Internet, or The Garden Books – you need to learn how your microclimate works, and learn to work intimately with it, and listen to what it tells you.

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2 Responses to optimistic chilli

  1. katiedavis says:

    I agree – Instagram is somehow more intimate. It’s the one space where lurking makes me feel uncomfortable. I don’t connect with anyone there who doesn’t post, because I kind of expect reciprocity on Instagram. Yet I don’t expect it anywhere else.

    • veritas says:

      it’s a wonderful place, isn’t it? and i know what you mean about lurking – it’s such a powerful conversation, and something really unique to hold without words.

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