Today I was lucky enough to find some time to garden a little. The temps were in the low 80's today, so I needed to get out there and water my garden.
I was surprised to see that my celery experiment is working. The interior leaves of the celery that were not cut when I chopped the top off are growing. It has only been a week, but the leaves and tiny celery stalks are now about an inch high. I hope I am able to get some edible celery out of the plant before the weather warms up too much. But I did plant it where it is shaded from the afternoon sun, so that should help it keep cool a little longer.
In other gardening news, I transplanted my tomato plants into larger pots so that they have more room to grow before I plant them outside in a week or so. When I was at the Natural Gardener the other day I picked up two heirloom varieties. I now have a green zebra stripe variety, a purple calabash that produces purple tomatoes, and a black variety that is a Russian heirloom and produce dark fruit. Not to mention my cherry tomato, yellow and red tiny pear shaped tomatoes, and my orange sunburst small cherry size tomato plants. I am going to be able to make one amazing tomato salad in a few months. I can't wait!
I also put out some seed for a summer mesclun mix of romain and other baby greens. Hello awesome salad fixings. Lastly I planted some marigold seeds all around the perimeter of my garden to help keep Mosquitos and other pests away. Apparently they don't like the smell. Which is fine by me, because I get eaten up by mosquitos during the summer. I also plan on planting some citronella and lemon grass around in a few weeks to help out even more.
Below are a few of the pictures I took earlier. Including my new tomatoes, strawberries in bloom, and new celery growth.