Thursday, June 11, 2009

Snow Peas, Mesclun, and Herbs after 10 Days

So, I returned home from my trip yesterday after 10 days. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. I wasn't worried, at least not consciously. Subconsciously, maybe I was a little--somewhere in the middle of the trip I dreamed that all the plants had grown and choked under the plastic covers :)

I'm happy to say that my dreams did not come true. The first thing I did when I got to the door was run to the Aerogardens and check. The lights were all on, and I could hear the trickling of the water.

The herb Aerogarden was perfect. All of the herbs had come up, so I removed all the plastic hoods. Not unexpected. The basils had grown the most. The chives and parsley looked the saddest, but even they were up.

I checked the snow peas next. These plants were so strong that they pushed the plastic covers out of the way themselves. Out of seven pods, four had grown and three were still seeds. I'll give them a few more days to grow, but if they don't, I'll probably write to Aerogrow.

The pea plants were amazing. They reminded me of a tiny "Jack and the Beanstalk" because of the tiny vines coming off the plants. Coming out of the seed, part of it entered the sponge as root, while the other part grew tall.

The mesclun was also a pleasant surprise. Six of seven pods had sprouted.

Looking carefully at the leaves, the distinctive variations of mesclun leaves is already apparent. I'm looking forward to salads with these.

All in all, a good start. And best of all, the yellow fly traps didn't have any whiteflies on them, meaning the environment is clear of them.

One of the older Aerogardens had stopped pumping water, so I cleaned the metal contacts on the motor. Once I did that, it hummed along perfectly. Overall, a good start.

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