Last I time I checked in with the Gonzo Agriculture crew, I had just started my potted garden and a few of my seeds had begun to sprout.
Unfortunately only three of the original plants survived. The Rosemary never did anything, and both the Basil and Thyme withered and died shortly there after. The good news is that in addition to the Aloe and Sage plants I purchased, the Zucchini, Pole Beans and Chives survived their first month; the beans and squash are both looking pretty healthy. But the squash gave me a scare during those early days.
Its leaves took on an unhealthy looking yellowish green color; it was growing really fast even with its discolored leaves and was the first plant to require a bigger pot. I saw a noticed another sprout while I was replanting the squash and as I pruned away the dead and dying earlier seedlings, that last little one became the lone survivor. This was absolutely fine with me, since the leaves grew huge and with a deep green color and just a few days ago, in the early morning hours, the first couple of male blooms opened.
This is the first time I really paid attention to plant behavior; noticing how each plant deals with the sunlight and breezes. The squash copes with the direct sun by practically shrinking away as the day gets hotter, the beans sort of close its leaves on themselves while almost reaching toward the light. The beans are actually my favorite and the plant whose fruit I am looking forward to the most; string beans are among my favorite vegies. It's also a climbing plant, which I've always been fond of.
While I thought I wanted a quick expansion, I decided to focus on maintaining the plants I have already for now. The replanted Basil is growing, starting to show mature leaves and will need a bigger pot very ASAP. I've already used the Sage to season food and will eventually plant some garlic and make another go with the Thyme.