My container garden started out nicely…but it just keeps going to hell and I have no clue how to fix it.
I believe this was my green bell pepper. Some of the leaves are ripped up because I had to bring it inside and my cat got to it. To try to help it along, I tried out something trending on Pinterest–Epsom salt. Mostly, the Epsom just made the leaves droop and start to wilt. So that’s a no-go. Also, it got down into the 30’s last week. Seriously, May!? Green peppers are very sensitive to cold and, honestly, I’m surprised it didn’t die. (I didn’t bring it inside because I didn’t know until the next day how cold it had gotten. I mean…it’s May. Ugh.)
This is my zucchini plant. I’m so disgusted with it right now. It was doing so well and now it’s covered in this grey mold stuff.
I read somewhere that aspirin that’s been ground and dissolved in water would help with that, but so far it hasn’t. Any ideas?
My strawberry needs replanted. It got ripped out of the soil by a severe thunderstorm that came rolling through while I was out of town. -_-
The same thunderstorm pummeled my basil. (How do plants survive when they’re in the ground if they can’t handle some rain?)
Same with the string beans. My cat also ate that. I’m furious with him.
My tomato plant is the only one still fighting. It was covered in gnats last week, so I mixed together apple cider vinegar and water and sprayed the plant (I believe I did 1/2 Tbsp vinegar + 3 cups water, but I can’t be sure). Once I was finished spraying the plant, I covered the soil in small pebbles to keep the queen from being able to lay more eggs. I haven’t had any more problems with gnats since then. (I think they were gnats. They were small, black-ish, winged creatures.)
So at least I didn’t screw that one up.
Mom gave me some of her hens and chickens (or, as my dad likes to call them, cows and pigs)! These are the descendants of my great-great-grandmother’s plant.
I got these little pots from Amazon. Originally I was going to put herbs in them, but they were too small. They’re perfect for my hens and chickens, though. The only problem: no drainage. And they’re ceramic, so I wouldn’t try to drill holes in them myself. When it rains, I have to bring them inside, or else they get completely flooded with water.
They’re horribly cute, though.
So besides the tomatoes and the hens & chickens…I’m really frustrated with this garden. Do any seasoned gardeners have some tips? I’m waaay out of my element at this point.