Saturday, August 9, 2008

Day 120 / Day 28 - are the tomatoes doing?

One of the devoted readers of this blog reminded me that I've forgotten to keep you up to date on the progress of the tomato plants.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are three thousand words:

They were slow to start, but they're really starting to take off. The little itty bitty seedling from July 24 was actually overtaken very quickly by its late blooming brethren

The next step will be to follow page 8 of the instruction manual and thin the seedlings once they're about an inch tall. This is the part I always hated when I grew an outdoor garden (I always wanted to hang on selfishly to all the plants), but just like with an outdoor garden, thinning the plants and leaving a single plant with enough room to grow will produce many more tomatoes.

Right now, there are three seedlings in the first pod, two in the second, and three in the third. So for the next few days it'll be a competition to see which seedling will be America's Next Top Tomato.

In basil news, the "Add Nutrient" went on last week, so I used the last two nutrient tablets. Thus marks the beginning of the end of the basil Aerogarden. Here's a five thousand word essay on what I did to commemorate this event:

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