This is not by any means my first time in the garden, but it is my very first garden of my own !
I’m starting this GrowJournal for my own documentation and to gain knowledge and support from the community !
May 31st - Received three unknown gifted plants and were told they were 4-5 weeks old at the time.
All I know about the plants is that they were started under a shop light in a garage, I was told they were feminized seeds and they were outdoors for some time before I had them. They appeared to be started in actual soil from the Earth - little weeds growing around in the small pots and all.
June 1st- I transplanted the three plants into 3 gallon fabric pots in coco.
I began arranging and constructing my garden, planning on planting many other plants around to keep my babies company and hopefully provide some protection.
First Week of June - Planted the rest of the garden, installed irrigation lines, mulched everything in and installed wire fencing.
Other plants include Lemon Balm, Pineapple Mint, Spearmint, Marigolds, Petunias, Tomatoes, Sunflowers, Eggplant and Lilly’s.
Second Week of June - Plants struggling from being attacked, damaged and nearly destroyed by squirrels.
All three pots were getting dug through, two of my plants were completely knocked over and one of those plants was completely snapped in the middle.
This picture is of the most severe attack, although there were a few other times they were hit pretty bad.
With experience doctoring up plants, I restaked and tied my plants to provide as much support as I could.
Third Week of June - Plants are reaching towards tops of 2FT bamboo stakes.
Experienced many issues with squirrels digging in my pots during these first few weeks - plants recovering nicely.
I began trying to deter the squirrels with everything I could think of and all that was suggested.
Methods tried were peppermint and water mixture spray, red pepper flakes, garlic cloves, human hair, coyote urine, spiked traps, solar noise makers, wind chimes, reflective items, garden decorations and Irish Spring barred soap shavings.
I have began spraying BeeSafe 3-in-1 to protect the entire garden of insects.
Fourth Week of June - One of my plants experiencing much growth while both that were attacked went through a week or so of shock.
My tallest plant has been restaked with 4FT bamboo.
Fake animal toys from the dollar store added to all three pots as a hopeful distraction to pests.
Spraying BeeSafe Insecticide every 5 days to continue protecting the garden from insects.
First Week of July - All three plants gaining growth and more structure throughout.
Both plants that were in shock have bounced back and have been restaked with 4FT bamboo.
Insecticide being applied every 5 days.
Today July 10th - Tallest plant reaching top of 4FT bamboo, other two making noticeable growth.
Plants receive around 4-5 hours of solid sunlight each day plus periodic sunlight throughout the day.
Temperatures have been 70-95 degrees during the day and drop to 60-70 degrees at night.
Watering Practices - Since I’ve had the plants I have been feeding them daily with full strength Jacks.
I run my irrigation system twice daily for one minute each time. There has been times I run for 2 minutes at once on hotter days.
Nutrients are Ph’d between 5.8 - 6.2 before every feeding with an air stone allowing the mix to breathe.
We experience down pour rain periodically throughout the season, on those days I skip my feedings.
My smallest plant that snapped in half.
My different looking plant.
My tallest plant that appears the same strain as my smallest.
My First Question - All of my experience growing has been from cuts and I have never needed to identify a plants sex.
With being so focused on getting set up and getting through my first complications, I am just now focusing on identifying my plants and maybe even eventually determining the strain.
I plan to begin posting updates weekly or even daily. Anyone that would like to tune in or provide knowledgable insight or advice please feel free it would be greatly appreciated !