Where are the Jalapeños?
From the garden...
I've been waiting and waiting to see little jalapeños growing in my
garden. The plant took off and was the center attraction in one of the
beds for a while.
Big and Tall Jalapeno plant.
then it started wilting. I thought that it meant that I need to water
it more and so I did. It came back for a little bit. Then it started
leaning over. Nothing a little support couldn't fix.
I kept waiting for some flowering and some jalapenos, but not a single one showed up.
it was wilting and leaning almost all the way over and I took a closer
look. At the base of the plant it was getting black.
Black Fungus - Phytophthora causing root rot.
searching about non-flowering pepper plants I found an article talking
about Phytophthora. What I read talks about it being a fungus that
attacks a plant at the roots or the base where it meets the ground. It
causes the plant to act as if it hasn't gotten enough water and it
basically eats the plant up. There isn't anything that can be done to
I tore it out. I hope it doesn't affect the other plants I have in
that bed. I've got 6 zucchini plants and two bell pepper plants. One
of the bell pepper plants is flowering.
Bell Pepper flowers.
...To the rest of life
anyone that knows me, they know that I have A LOT of interests. While
there is nothing wrong with that; sometimes I go into interest overload
and begin pursuing after too many interests at once. For example, I
will start a new eating habit and that will be going well which will
remind me that I can do anything I want to do. Then I will decide I want
to learn a new language, like Chinese. I'll find a great app to start
that, but then I'll find it has other languages I have started to learn
in the past, like French. I'll also decide I should also improve my
equestrian riding skills and pursue a new certification for my
professional life. Really quickly I'm trying to commit myself to
every single one of my interests.
I have big ambitions for all of them, but it ends up being like the jalapeno plant fruitless and toppling over. I end up over committing myself and getting burnt out.
A few things to keep in mind out of all of this are:
Analyze the reasons
- Why are you doing what you are doing? Is there a real purpose for
everything you are taking on? Or is there an underlying fungus that
will make you pull everything out?
if I want to learn another language, it's not always in my best
interest. I'm not planning an international trip any time soon. The
benefits that I want to see come to fruition may get me one of those
trips, but until its closer there really isn't any reason.
Scale it back
- Trimming back a tree prior to spring helps the growth of the tree
when it starts to get leaves. It's important to only have a few things
to focus on so you can get and give your best with them. It'll allow
for better growth down the road when you have accomplished a goal, then
another. You don't have to do it all at once.
March 08, 2016 07:33 AM