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Jeff MacKinnon reshared this.


I guess with the influx of new users to the Fediverse, we're doing introductions now, so here's mine:

I'm a # and # enthusiast and developer. I'm also an # who's trying to create safe spaces for those who are recovering from high-demand control groups.

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Jonathan Lamothe reshared this.


So this whole # # experiment has been a smashing success. This will be the last post I boost from my legacy accounts, and I'll be checking them with less frequency. If you've not followed the new account, now would be a good time.

I want to extend a special thanks to opencube and fosstodon for giving me my first taste of the #.


Day 0


TIL that our local library gives out seeds for free. @Katy Lamothe and I have wanted to try growing our own food for a while (if only on a small scale; we're in an apartment).

We planted the following:

  • green arrow peas
  • orange sun peppers
  • grand rapids letuce


We have no idea what we're doing, but are excited to see where this goes.

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Day 4


I forgot to take a picture yesterday, but there was no real change anyway. Today is different; we have our first sprouts and I'm very excited. The ones that have sprouted so far are one green arrow pea, and two Grand Rapids lettuce plants.




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Image descriptions:
The first photo shows a container with several small plant pots. The following three are close ups of individual pots with small sprouts beginning to emerge.
@Jonathan Lamothe (he/him) You know that Friendica supports Alt text by inserting it in the img tags?
@Ian Molton Ooh. How do you do that and/or will these captions be available to people using Mastodon?
@Ian Molton Ah, I've never looked closely enough at the code generated by the image picker to notice that it had a closing tag. If the alt text carries to Mastodon et. al., that's a rather elegant solution.

Day 5


Sprouts are more obvious today and we now have a new one. In total we now have two peas and two lettuces sprouting. Still no peppers yet, but I fear I may have overwatered initially.
a container with several small plant pots in it, four of which are sprouting
a closeup of a single container with plant sprouting
a closeup of a single container with plant sprouting
a closeup of a single container with plant sprouting
a closeup of a single container with plant sprouting
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Day 6


I noticed a new sprout this morning. We'renot up to three peas and two lettuces.
a photo showing a tray full of small planter pots, several of whch with visible srpouts
a close-up of an individual planter pot with a tiny sprout with two leaves
a close-up of an individual planter pot with a tiny sprout with two leaves
a close-up of an individual planter pot that looks like a thicker stem with some small leaves stating to branch off, this is clearly the largest of the sprouts
a close-up of a small planter witha small sprout beginning to emerge
a close-up of an individul planter pot with a sprout beginning to emerge, larger than the previous, but smaller than the one before
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Day 7


A little more progress today. The first green arrow pea is starting to look like a pea pod, with the others not that far behind.
image showing a planter filled with plant pots, five of which have sprouted
close-up of an individual planter with a sprout ending with two leaves
close-up of an individual planter with a sprout ending with two leaves
close-up of an individual planter with a sprout that has split up into two small pea pods
close-up of an individual planter with a small sprout
close-up of an individual planter with a sprout that is larger than the previous one
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Day 7.5


Picked up some more supplies and some seeds for "New Mexico 6 Chili Peppers". These ones came with more detailed directions. I'm beginning to think that my other peppers haven't sprouted yet because I buried the seeds too deep. These ones are only supposed to be planted 1/4" deep.
two planter trays (actually, one tray and its and lid) filled with small pots of soil

Day 8


I've relocated the plants to a more permanant-ish location where they'll receive the most sun possible inside the apartment. The peas are getting out of control, and I sonder at what point I should re-pot them into a larger planter.
overhead photo of three trays of plants
close-up photo of a single planter with a sprout with two leaves at the top
close-up photo of a single planter with a sprout with two leaves at the top, the sprout is bent to the side
close-up photo of a planter with a small pea plant, sprouting off into two pods with a few small leaves
close-up photo of two planters, each with a pea plant, the one in the front has split off into two pods while the one in the back is smaller and hasn't split yet
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Day 9


A copule new developments to report. First off, I learned that it is possible to grow lemon trees indoors in a pot, so I snagged a lemon seed from dinner just to see if I could make that happen. You may notice an extra pot covered in seran wrap. That's what that is.

Secondly, as I was watering the plants this morning, I noticed two new lettuce sprouts beginning. I was actually pretty sure the rest of the pots in my initial run were duds. I guess there may be more surprises in store yet.
an overhead photo of three trays of small planters most of which haven't sprouted yet, but some which have
a closer view of the middle tray with five very visible plants, three of which are leafier and two which are just stems with two leaves on top
a close-up view of two pots with tiny green sprouts beginning to break the surface of the soil
a close-up of a small planter covered in seran wrap
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Day 10


Yet another surprise today:

As I was watering the plants I noticed that one of our orange sun peppers has finally sprouted. I guess I didn't botch them as badly as I originally thought.

Of the two that sprouted yesterday, one is coming along nicely, but the other doesn't show much change, so we'll see what happens with that.
overhead photo of all the planters
closer shot of the center planting tray where all of the activity currently is
close-up shot of the planter with the smallest lettuce plant, just showing two small leaves barely above the soil level
close-up view of a single planter with two small sprouts apparently emerging from the same hole
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Day 11


A coupl of new pepper plants have sprouted today. The one lettuce sprout seems to still be at that same stage, and one of my pea plants is looking a tiny bit wilted, but still coming along, I think.
overhead view of three trays of planters, the middle tray is still the only one with anything sprouting
close-up view of the center tray, containing plants in various stages of growth
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Day 11


Orange sun peppers are coming along nicely. I worry that the lettuce seems to be struggling to get enough light. Sadly, the apartment gets very little direct sunlight.

We're currently up to the following:
  • green arrow peas: 3
  • Grand Rapids lettuce: 4
  • orange sun peppers: 4
  • New Mexico 6 chili peppers: 0


...and we don't talk about the lemon tree.
overhead view of the three planter trays, the middle one is still the only one with active plants
closer view of the middle planter tray, several plants sprouting, the lettuce plants are clearly trying to reach towards the sun
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Day 11.1


I've moved the plants out onto the balcony in the hopes of getting them some more sun. I've avoided doing this because we've had some high-ish winds, and I worried they'd get blown away, but given how much the lettuce seemed to be struggling for sun, I decided it was probably a good move.
photo of the planter table on the balcony
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Day 11.5


Lettuce plants seem to be going downhill fast. πŸ™
wilted lettuce plant
wilted lettuce plant
wilted lettuce plant
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I'd say they're way too dry. Also at that age full-on sun isn't great.
@:linux: :fedora_old:πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΊπŸ’™πŸ’› Yeah. I watered them right after taking the picture. I find myself having to water them several times a day. I've also moved them back inside now.

I worry that it might be too late, but live and learn.
Try cactus instead, it's way easier since you need to FORGET to water them πŸ˜‚
@fuomag9πŸ₯ We do have a cactus I've managed to fail to kill so far. I can't eat it, though.

As it turns out, one of the lettuce sprouts seems to be recovering nicely from my abuse. I fear the other two are a lost cause. The peas and peppers seem to be thriving so far, though.

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