tomatoes

More photos! Because one is ripe! also, because I’m spending way too much time watching them grow. But I’m not alone – I had a garage sale last weekend, and a ton of people from the neighborhood, mainly middle aged women, told me that they love walking by and watching their progress, and complimented me on how good of a job I’m doing with them.

I take pretty much no credit though, because I have almost no idea what I’m doing, and mainly feel that I’m just lucky to live in a good climate. I do, however, fertilize them with coffee all the time (I read somewhere this was good?,) and fertilize with kelp/fish emulsion sometimes. This maybe seems to be helping? Also, very, very regular watering. Now you know all of my gardening secrets.

oranges

The world’s smallest orange tangerine tree (the fact that it pretty much hasn’t grown at all in the 2+ years I’ve had it probably has something to do with the fact that I’m terrible at remembering to fertilize it) produced a whopping seven pieces of fruit this year.

Growing food is so satisfying.

edit: looking back to last year (this is why I keep a blog) apparently the yield is actually up from five, and the tree does look at least slightly larger. Maybe next year we can hit 10, i.e. the amount of these things I eat in a day.

house plants

One of the best parts about taking so many photos of my house is that I can go back and check things like the growth of my house plants (and the history of my wall colors):

plant1

about two and a half years ago

plant1.2

today

plant2

also about 2.5 years ago

plant2.2

today (in the same pot!)

Since until a few years ago I was a notorious plant killer, looking at these is incredibly satisfying to me. The second one has come back from the brink of death several times, and the first one? Best plant ever. I think I once forgot to water it for two months, and it still thrived (although it’s definitely happier when it does get watered.)