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Holy Grow-schmoley! 
Jun. 8, 2009 12:05 pm 
Updated: Jun. 8, 2010 11:01 am
I'm not sure exactly what I expected to see, honestly.

I can say for sure that what I am seeing with the naked eye, however, is very much impressive.

In my inexperienced mind, nearly everything seems to be growing at a record pace. The "Magic Mountain Sweet Basil" was the first to really catch my eye in how quickly it seems to have just shot straight toward the sky like it was begging for a high-five.

"Nice job, Blue!"

"Awww, shucks. Thanks Mr. Basil. I cant wait to pluck your purple-y leaves, mince them and toss them in a Thai dish!"

"Cool. Wait. WHAT!"

Well, probably the basil knows its function and ultimate fate and would be brave in the face of prep and ingestion.


The tomato plants look very hearty as well. Even the red chile and bell pepper plants look to be doing pretty well. The jalapeno plant and the Italian basil seem to be struggling a bit. Not sure what we're going to do with those, but I was informed by a coworker that her jalapeno plant also seemed to be struggling one time, but suddenly was bearing fruit.

I'll hope we have a similar happy ending here. I love me some jalapenos in my morning oatmeal!
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Jun. 8, 2009 12:59 pm
Isn't it a great feeling? :) My cucumbers bit the dust - but I tried transplanting this year and I never have luck with that, so I planted some seeds. My plants look so puny, but my bell peppers and eggplant all have buds! So exciting! ;)
Jun. 8, 2009 1:10 pm
I just went out for the stroll through the garden beds and made the same Jalapeno assesment. Struggling. I have 4 other varieties of peppers that are rejoicing and sending out their happy little stems with flowers, so we'll see. I'm not giving up. It's a daily event to see what's new isn't it?
Jun. 8, 2009 1:21 pm
It is ridiculously too simple to provide so much happiness!
Jun. 8, 2009 2:22 pm
So you talk to your plants too? I find myself making cooing noises at the baby strawberries. "Oh look at you! You're so cute! Don't let those nasty slugs bother you...mommy will take care of them so you can grow up big and strong."
Jun. 8, 2009 3:19 pm
My grown from seed jalapeno plants are struggling too. I finally gave in and bought more plants from a high school for cheap. Your zucchini and basil look amazing.
Jun. 8, 2010 11:01 am
The zucchini and basil were great, but the peppers didn't really turn out. Seattle simply isn't the right place for such things.
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