It's Puppy Love: Update on my Marjoram Plant

I Woof You! - Yeppers, that is what that little guy says to the plants in our AeroGarden, and maybe that is part of the reason they grow so fast. On the other hand, that is what little BlueToof says to everybody. It is the only phrase he knows.

The marjoram came from the produce department of Smith's a little before Christmas, and it probably sets a longevity record for plants that have survived in my alleged care. When it was time to leave our winter home, we couldn't bring potted plants along on our vacation so I cut them back and put the cuttings in water to root over the four days we were on the road.
@drannhh (15226)
United States
May 30, 2008 7:01pm CST
I'm not a good dirt gardener, so even though marjoram is supposed to be pretty easy to grow, I thought sure mine wouldn't, but every time the main plant looked about to croak I kept cutting the nice green shoots off and re-rooting them on the window sill. When we got our AeroGarden (a dirtless computerized sort of flower pot) I thought it would be fun to see if the already rooted cuttings would like being transferred to a better soil-less environment. I cannot believe it is the same plant! This photo is a few days old, and it is about twice as big now. I planted it 13 days ago already cut it way back to harvest a handful for our 3-bean salad, but all that growth came back and more. The dog is BlueToof and he belongs to hubby, who plunked him into the planter and yelled "Take a picture!" OK, I did. BlueToof has a squawk box and when you pick him up he says "I woof you!" Does your dog ever get into your plants? How about your cat? Do you grow catnip for your cat? Do you put jewelry on your stuffed animals? On your real animals? All comments are welcome, whether they specifically relate to marjoram or not.
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• United States
31 May 08
My favorite activity these days is making dirt. Good, black, loamy dirt full of earthworms that you don't even need a shovel to dig into. Catnip grows wild everywhere around my house so I don't have to grow any for my kitties. I've got a packet of 'catgrass' seed... don't even ask me what it is, I've never heard of it before, but it says cats love it, especially during the winter, but I haven't got around to planting it yet. I've had the seeds for a couple of years, I don't even know if they're good anymore. I don't wear jewelery very often my own self, let alone putting any on my pets! Although I did used to paint my chickens toenails.
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@drannhh (15226)
• United States
31 May 08
Did you really paint your chicken's toenails? Was that for decoration or to protect the toes? Was it this kind of chicken: http://home.att.net/~Myakka2/Silkies.htm I had a few of those as a kid. Parents used to make me enter them in the chicken shows to try to get a prize. I always got second or third place ribbons, but no money. I'm not very fond of chickens except to eat, but I love eggs!
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• United States
31 May 08
Wow! What fluffy, darling looking chickens! But no, my chicken did not look like that, she looked like the little red hen. I told the story about her here: http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1477614.aspx myLot - What colors are you getting It's a good story, I hope you go read it. She was one of the best pets, and friends, I ever had. Not only that, but the originator of the post is very knowledgeable on the subject of chickens and eggs, and shares some really interesting information!
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• United States
31 May 08
I don't think I've heard of an AeroGarden. Is it something you can use indoors? Is it expensive? I don't have a balcony or a yard, but would love to grow my own food. I've grown herbs indoors pretty easily, but haven't had much luck with edible plants due to pests and mold.
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
31 May 08
I am so jealous... your marjoram plant looks lovely and delicious at the same time... and BlueToof adds more life to your marjoram baby... i wonder if this AeroGarden is available in my country... i guess i would have to check it out... i would love to start my own indoor garden... and this device is perfect for it...
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@drannhh (15226)
• United States
31 May 08
If the device is not available internationally yet, I'm sure it will be. In fact once people realize how wonderful it is probably other companies will come out with similar products and probably at a more affordable price. It is truly just a matter of time. Also, with information available online it is not that difficult or expensive to make something that would serve the same purpose.
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@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
31 May 08
I can see that this device has the potential of helping solve the world wide problem of food crisis... if they can invent something that can make rice grow faster... well i am sure less people will grow hungry in Asia...
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@drannhh (15226)
• United States
31 May 08
You know, I am completely ignorant of how rice seedlings are started even though a late acquaintance actually worked for years on her family farm where rice was a main crop. I would rather imagine, though, that they do start the seeds indoors with some sort of hydroponic system and then set them out in the fields like any other commercial crop. But yes, since rice seeds take a longy time to germinate compared to other plants, there would be some benefit to it. :-)
• United States
31 May 08
That is the cutest picture!! I love it. I would get one of those aero gardens, but hubby would probably complain since I have 5 acres I still haven't filled. LOL I work in the yard all the time, but I still have a ways to go as far as the gardens go. Yes, I put stuff on my living animals like little hats and sunglasses. I don't have any stuffed animals except for the ones in the nursery that we have set up for when the babies start arriving. We just jumped through the final hoop for foster care on Thursday so, we should be getting licensed soon!
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@drannhh (15226)
• United States
31 May 08
Congrats! If you lived somewhere that has winter your hubby would want you to get one in order to start the outdoor early in their bedding accessory which speed-starts 70 seedlings at a time. But in Florida? Dunno, lol. Congrats on getting almost approved. What a nightmare process. Still I cannot imagine a better foster mom that you will be.
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• United States
4 Jun 08
Awe. That's so sweet of you to say!
@GardenGerty (99318)
• United States
31 May 08
I must have missed the original discussion, so I will have to go look for it. I have not grown marjoram. Bought some lavender today, and some basil. I have not done much toward gardening so far. Tomorrow will be the first main day I get really down to it. I have planted some planters. I have a stuffed toy bear that has a sweater that says "I Love Mommy" That the kids had me drive them forty miles to buy, for Mother's Day, after they had pooled their whole allowance. They bought it at a gift shop in a nursery and greenhouse we had visited. I am feeling so good this week, back from seeing the grandbaby, and getting some yard stuff done. I will see you guys more around the lot.
@drannhh (15226)
• United States
31 May 08
That "I Love Mommy" story is so sweet. Welcome back and glad you had a good time.