There’s more green in my sanctuary garden since last week. Inside, my seedlings are growing up and moving out of the nursery; I’ve already transplanted 20 seedlings into larger containers. Outside, we had two inches of much needed rain! But also, I tried something new that I think has contributed to a difference in my plants.
Last week, I applied a foliar spray made with epsom salt to all my outside plants (except my raspberries, strawberries, and asparagus). I can already see a difference in plant vigor and growth. I’m sure the rain had as much to do with it, but I don’t think it was the only factor.
One of the big differences I saw was in my watermelon radishes. Last week, the new leaves were curling and turning brown. I was afraid I was losing my favorite radishes! Even watering wasn’t helping. I’m happy to report they are making a come back. Before spraying, the plants were limp and the leaves totally curled and dry. This looks so much better!
My lettuce is showing a grand improvement, as well. Along with most of my other plants, they are standing taller and firmer (no more weak stems), and the increase in growth is noticeable.
My Black Seeded Simpson lettuce still looks a little too pale green, but it is not as yellow-green as it was.
Here are some pics of my other plants this week:
My beet stems are sturdier!
It looks like I’ll be harvesting Easter Egg radishes very soon.
The stems of my Red Creole onions are thickening and turning red. May they be bulbing under the earth!
My garlic are doing a little better, but still not as green as they should be yet. At least the bottom leaves are no longer dying, and the stalks are thickening. Good sign, I think.
I had discovered I should’ve top-dressed them with nitrogen when they first came out of the ground, then again two to three weeks later. Better late than never, I applied nitrogen about three weeks ago. I plan to do it again tomorrow as we are forecast for more rain.
The frost we got earlier this week killed some of the leaves on my pomegranate trees, but more are coming and the tree looks healthy.
Speaking of frost, my asparagus are growing again.
My snow peas are growing. Soon they’ll be large enough to put out tendrils. My fence is ready!
Every branch of my key lime tree is covered in blossoms and baby key limes!
I was supposed to fertilize my key lime tree as soon as the buds appeared, but I didn’t realize that until I had my first baby limes. I searched my local gardening centers, but no one carried organic citrus tree fertilizer. So, I ordered some Espoma Citrus Tone online. My key lime got fed this week. Although I know some fruit drop is normal, I’m hoping I fertilized in time for the majority of the fruit to grow.
My celery is just starting to produce leaves in its center. Look closely:
My transplanted seedlings are doing well. Two artichokes have their first set of true leaves.
And one of my fish peppers is just getting its SECOND set of true leaves!
I’m happy with the direction my garden is going so far. If nothing else, I’m one member of my family not buried under a blizzard’s snow. 🙂