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If you haven’t read the article titled ‘Growing a chilli plant’ then this article will mean nothing to you. But, to be fair, you should definitely still be amazed at my in-flat gardening prowess.
Last week I planted chilli and cherry tomato seeds into a (forcefully) abandoned strawberry punnet. Since then, absolutely nothing has happened, despite trying everything I could: watering it, putting it in sunshine, yelling at it and staring at it for hours on end willing something to grow. After one week the only thing I had managed to successfully grow was mould and to be honest, I was getting very disheartened.
This morning I awoke to a grey, dreary sky and settled on the couch clutching a cup of very strong coffee, struggling to muster up the heart to get through this last day of work before four days of blissful, Easter freedom. As I walked into our bedroom to start getting ready for work, I sneered at the baron punnet.
As I did, something caught my eye. One tiny, fragile slice of pale green protruding from my mould farm – a sprout!
I got closer and could see that more of these delicate little tendrils were just coming up, and can now confidently confirm that there are four or five tiny tomato sprouts that have appeared over-night and one very shy chilli tentacle worming its way out of the dirt.
Naturally I did the only thing anyone in my situation would do; immediately put on Kool & The Gang and jammed out to ‘Celebrate’, dancing around the plants like a crazed person.
Now I’ll admit that there were some pretty dark times in the last week, times where I wasn’t sure that I could do this and really questioned my ability as a chilli/tomato farmer. It is safe to say that I hit rock bottom this morning and was thinking about discarding those punnets and never mentioning them ever again.
But this morning, my laziness paid off! Had I actually been bothered to throw them in the bin, I would have missed the miracle of sprout-birth and now, I am proud parent to a number of bouncing baby sproutlings.
Check back for the next installment of Sprout-watch, not as visually appealing as bay-watch but definitely more mentally stimulating.