Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Poor little greenie!

I have been trying to grow some vegetables from seeds with very little luck so Sunday night I went out and bought some real plants: a cherry tomato plant, eggplant, zucchini squash, yellow squash, chili peppers, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, and a few others. I was happy to find that the ground is much softer than it was last year.
We had to rototill the ground last year and add bags and bags of soil builder. This year, I got my son to help me dig and plant the little plants as the sun was setting. The winds were really strong and I worried about them. In the morning, when I checked on them, they all looked good.
I watered them again and went to work. I took these photos Monday afternoon. However, Tuesday morning, we had a cold spell. My thermometer read 32 degrees. It must have been so, because when I got home to water the plants they were completely wilted and black, all but one, a white eggplant. My garden is a bust! I have some onions that came up from last year and two bee balm plants that are still growing well from last year but everything I just bought, all $60 worth, all gone! Poor little things! Here are the onions from last year. At least they're doing well.
Here's one of the Bee Balm plants and the little white eggplant (sole survivor!). Here's a close up of the eggplant.
Poor little greenie - song: Aladdin Sane, artist: David Bowie, album: Aladdin Sane


fernvalley01 said...

How disapointing!

Leah Fry said...

Stuff I plant looks like that under the best of conditions. Black thumbs, I guess.

Ruthlynn said...

Howdy, to keep your seedings warm put down some straw (not hay) around the plants and over your dirt. It will keep the heat in and insulate your plants. It is a cheap and easy solution and it keeps the weeds down, too. The straw will break down over the summertime and compost into your soil. Good Luck.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

That new hiking trail I've been taking has wild onion growing around it in random places. I said to my kids that we might find an overturned rowboat with some Sploosh in it around there. (From the movie Holes.)

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

Betty is a good gardener, but as we've gotten older she's lost her enthusiasm for it. Sorry things went bust.


Andrea said...

It looks like you grow plants as well as I do...if only weeds produced veggies....well I am with Leah...I can't grown anything!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Bummer. I wanted to try my hand at gardening this year, but didn't get around to it. One positive is that our hail and late snow didn't destroy all the flower buds on my fruit trees. Looks like we'll still have a harvest of peaches and apples this summer after all. whoohoo!

Will R be planting any chile peppers this time around?


Shirley said...

I lost a few plants to a late frost too. You can cover them with cloth at night- not plastic- and the straw mulch is a good idea.

achieve1dream said...

I'm right there with you! I think I'm giving up on starting from seed. I can't seem to make anything work. I'll stick with hatching out chicks lol because I apparently don't have a green thumb (which is why my favorite houseplant is a cactus). Sorry you lost all of your plants. Good luck with the eggplant.