Monday, December 15, 2014

The Accidental Arborist

A little over a month ago I was psyched: I had 3 tiny little buds peeking up from the dirt where I had planted my etrog seeds. I was content; life had been created where there was none and surely the little guys wouldn't make it much longer. And then a funny thing happened, more and more seeds sprouted. Before I knew it, I had an entire (very tiny) etrog forest:

I don't really have any idea what I am doing, but I figured that trying to fashion some sort of greenhouse would be a good thing. So I combined a file holder and some Saran Wrap to make a micro greenhouse:

To dress things up, I dropped in a temperature / humidity meter I had lying into the dirt with the plant. It showed that the humidity stayed quite high, so I guess that's a good thing.

This last weekend I finally bit the bullet and moved some of the plants out of the Tupperware where they had been into real pots:

I still don't have high hopes for these guys, so I figure I better celebrate as many successes as I can. I'm sure I'm over-watering them, or under-sunning them or something. But they continue to live and I continue to be surprised.

Incidentally, the seeds DCT planted have also done surprisingly well:

Though, that's what I love about fava beans, they're a robust enough plant they even survive me.

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