My Lush Outdoor Oasis

Okay, that’s a bit of a stretch. What I have is three potted plants. But you have to start somewhere, right?

I posted on my Facebook page earlier this week about my disgust with the bane of the tomato plant, the hornworm. *shudder* Just thinking about that thing sends chills up my spine. It’s actually a moth larvae that is a beautiful green but chomps relentlessly on my poor tomato plant. What’s worse it can grow up to 5 inches long and has a huge horn on one end.

hornworm
Pic taken from: http://masterofhort.com/tag/hornworm/

The stuff of horrors. Thankfully, I’ve never seen one that big.

So I thought that since I’ve rid my plant of them for now, I’ll give a little tour of my “garden.”

This is my tomato plant.

Tomato plant
My Tomato plant–really, it was a Mother’s Day present, but I take care of it.

I’ve been cultivating it since last year Mother’s Day with some success. But I’m finding that these plants are pretty particular. Can’t use too little fertilizer or too much. Can’t water too little or too much. Everything stresses them out (or maybe I’m a bad gardener). For example, see my tomatoes?

Tomatoes
Scarred up tomatoes, but perfectly okay.

See those marks? They’ll be perfectly okay to eat, but we had about three or four days of non-stop rain about a week ago, and the tomato plant decided it did not like that. So those tomatoes are scarred and one has split on the side. *sigh* I’ve been plagued by pest infestations, no blooms, and blossom drops since I got the thing. But the tomatoes will ripen soon, so that’s a good thing.

Apple Tree
An Etioti Apple Tree.

This is my prized Etioti Apple tree—also called a Malay apple or Mountain apple or Rose apple or Jamaican apple. I grew it from a seed I got from someone at my mom’s church. They have a tree so every year we get a couple of those delicious fruits to eat. These apples are the most amazing things you will ever taste! Sort of like a rose and a pear had a baby. Soooo good! This is the inspiration of the BomBase fruit in my Silver Foxes series. I can’t wait 7 years until it bears . . . 7 years . . .

Bouvenvillia
My bougainvillea plant . . . actually, my mother’s.

And here is my bougainvillea plant—a little baby I got at Walmart. Not much to say about it yet. It seems to be just coasting along with whatever nature (and me) throws at it. I need more low maintenance plants like this—since I have a black thumb. Well, I suppose it’s a dark green thumb now since I’m having some success at growing.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

4 thoughts on “My Lush Outdoor Oasis”

  1. I feel your pain. I start my plants in February out here in the desert. I nurse them along all spring, and they’re doing fine … and then it hits 120 and they all die. It’s supposed to hit 114 on Monday, and I’m watering them and hiding them from the sun already. So they’re responding by getting all tall and spindly, so they’ll die anyway. *tears out hair*

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      1. Also, you would likely have had fields and fields of proper sunlight, as well as animal manure for proper fertilization, and wood ash for proper soil conditioning. They had a lot more tricks than we have in a few pots in our porches. :-p

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