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6.28.2010
Good-

Overall things are going very well in the garden.  Other that the *^#@ rabbits that keep eating everything.  But I told myself that I need to get over that, so moving on.  One of the things that has taken off the most is our first tomato plant…IMG_1181

Yep the middle half of an entire bed is a single tomato plant that has already taken over two cages.   Good thing the rabbits ate all of the peas because there was no room for them anyway.  I can’t wait to harvest the tomatoes and start making my salsa.

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Which brings me to the bad news about the next salsa ingredient…..the cilantro is not looking so hot.IMG_1176

Hmmmmm….   We thought if we staked it up that it would help with more delicious leaves and less of this-

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Not so much.   Then I thought maybe cilantro was supposed to look like this at this time of year.  But I read Kim’s post over the NewlyWoodwards and that burst that bubble.

So now I am thinking to cut my losses and replant.  Unless the blogworld had any brilliant ideas to salvage this.

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In case you are interested, the how-to page has finally been updated.  I struggled getting all the columns to line up correctly and therefore have not been adding to it and worrying about it “later”.  So I finally did away with the columns to make it more user friendly. And I promise to keep it updated this time.

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Jack is digging the new sectional and this is his nightly position.  The pups are not allowed on furniture in the house, but since the outdoor furniture gets rained on a regular basis, we decided to let them cuddle on the cushions if we invited them.  Jack thinks this is a good choice on our part.

And I am thinking that the outdoor space will be ready for the big reveal by the end of the week so stay tuned!

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15 comments on "Good….Bad….Good….Random"
  1. Cutting your loses on the cilantro and replanting is exactly the right choice. Cilantro is notoriously fast to go to seed, and once it has, there's no getting it back. Most gardening things I read recommend reseeding every 2-3 weeks for a continuous supply.

    You might also want to try to find a little garden space for it--I never had much luck with it in a pot (though friends of mine have).

    On the bright side, Diggin Food recommends letting your cilantro continue going to seed, and enjoying green coriander http://www.digginfood.com/2010/06/bolting-cilantro/

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  2. My cilantro looks like that, too. Uggh. I was just going to leave it and pout about it, but I guess throwing some new seeds in the pot would be a much better idea... :)

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  3. I know nothing about gardening, so I am no help there, but Jack is SO CUTE. Just adorable :)

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  4. Gotta love garden tomatoes. My husband planted 12 plants a few years ago. Not sure what he was thinking because we were picking about 30 tomatoes a day on average. Way too many tomatoes for 2 people, so we shared with friends, family, and coworkers. We will have to do a few plants next year maybe because I do miss having them around!

    Jack certainly loves his new position on the sofa. Too funny!

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  5. Yes, your cilantro has "gone to seed". Next time, pop off every new flower and you'll get more leaves. Once you can't keep up with it then let it go to seed and collect them for replanting.

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  6. I finally discovered the problem with cilantro. The soil cannot get above 75 degrees or it will go to seed. It needs just some morning sun and no hot afternoon sun. Who knew? I will be redoing mine as well.

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  7. Bummer about the cilantro - you definitely have to snip it a lot or it will go to seed. Replant, for sure. If it makes you feel any better, I LOST an entire cilantro plant. WTH? I cut 6 cups of cilantro off the end of the plants in the tomato bed. Four days later, it was 100 percent gone. No dead plant, no hole.... it's a cilantro mystery. I keep thinking I just dreamt it all.

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  8. Is it bad that I wish some rabbits would come and eat my peas? I've just decided that they're not worth the trouble. I would much rather have that giant tomato plant!!

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  9. I'm jealous of your tomatoes! Hopefully the cilantro will turn out better the next time around. "You win some, you lose some" my mantra for gardening!

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  10. cut your loss and get a new cilantro plant ... i just made salsa and pico last night. SO YUMMY!

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  11. what a bummer about your cilantro. It looks like it went to seed. You could probably pick up another plant at a local nursery (or grow some from seed) before the summer is up, though

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  12. I love cilantro too - sucks its not behaving. Your doggie looks so cute and happy!! :)

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  13. Those little pods are coriander seeds. (Coriander & cilantro are the same plant.) Dry and safe them to add to your cooking.

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  14. I've planted both cilantro and dill umpteen times and can never keep them going long enough to be really useful before they go to seed. So I admit it... I just gave up and invest my money at the grocery store instead of replanting every couple of weeks.
    However, our tomatoes look great this year in the potting system that I bought online from Gardener's Supply. And two plants (which are all that will fit in the pot/trough they sell) are plenty for two people unless you are going to make a lot of sauce to freeze. (Maybe after italy you will be inspired to do that.) But after all, the idea is to eat fresh ripe tomatoes!

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