Monday, May 30, 2011
Enough talking about the food and show it off. Today we start with one of the upside down tomato planters that was made from a 2 liter bottle of coke. This one has 2 large tomatoes. I'm not sure as to what these are and all I know is that these will be eaten once ripe.
I'm not holding my breath on these and have possible plants that may take their place. I have tomato, eggplant and may try growing some carrots between it all. The carrots I planted in the main tomato raised bed are looking good and will be enjoyed as well.
The peppers will be hopefully be enjoyed through the entire season.
On the tomatillo front, I am happy to say that I found a few that are getting larger! It looks like I will be ok. It may be that there are pollinating insects out there helping me out.
We saw this last year and fell in love with them. The rains from this last winter soaked the ground so much that the main part of the cactus started falling over but there are 4-5 new stems that are under a foot tall and look pretty healthy.
This is it for this week and I will be back next week with more photos!
This week's photos can be found HERE!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
I don't believe these are very hot but my wife may be the only one here to eat them. I see may salsas in the near future that will use these and the tomatoes.
This plant also came from store bought produce and it is producing like crazy. You can actually see a baby squash sitting on top of it.
I love eating all of the salads so far but I know that they won't last all season and trying to figure out what will be planted there.
Til next week!
The photos for this week can be found HERE!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
These will probably be the first ones ready to pick and eat right off the vine.
I will have to find many ways to eat these.
Going back to tomatoes., we move to my favorite variety. The Yellow Pear is just one that I completely fell in love with. These grow in massive groupings. Each bunch has 10-15 tomatoes, and sometimes more. I will toss about 10 or so into small baggies and have these as snacks at work or just a healthier alternative while at home. These are everywhere and one of the plants is starting to look more like a bush with buds everywhere.
I also have Romas that have already but I didn't realize it until the photos had already been processed. I will include photos of them next week. I know they are pretty high yielding plants and they are good to make into tomato sauce.
The acorn squash plant can be seen on the bottom right as it peeks into the photo. If you look closely, you can actually see a squash forming. The first squash was enjoyed already this week. The vine the squash was growing from, somehow broke off. I think I had moved it too much as it was forming and this was all it could take. It was not full size and wasn't ready but it still tasted wonderful. It was peeled and diced into a soup, along with some carrots. The flavor wasn't too strong but good nonetheless.
The last photo for this week is a shot of the newly filled bed! This is part of the garden/farm expansion. It is filled with only home-made compost. The 5 plants in it where all started from seed and already have set fruit.
This is the same size as the other beds at 3x3. I put different varieties of tomatoes in it and there is one plant per corner. I couldn't let any space go to waste and tossed in a pepper plant right in the center. I haven't added supports to it but a quick run to the 99 cent only store will be all I need to do for those. I plan on adding a layer of grass clippings as mulch to help it conserve moisture and not dry out. I am adding more beds over time and will update as to how that goes.
Come back next week for another update!
This week's photos are HERE.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
These two have actually been cut and now sit on our dinning room table along with a rose and a small hydrangea cluster in an a vase. It is a great feeling to be able to say that all three came from my own garden.
This kicks off this week's update.
We start with a green bell pepper plant that is growing in a small square pot from the 99 cent store. As you can see, the blooms have started and will hopefully put out some nice peppers. I thought of moving this to a bigger pot but it seems pretty happy now and will probably stay put for the season.
I have some tomato plants in the same size pot but those will more than likely be up-potted. Heck, if I find the space in the garden, they will be planted directly into the soil.
Speaking of tomatoes, here is a shot of some yellow pears. These plants produce so much and I simply love these. My wife is the real tomato lover and she will be mainly enjoying everything else but these. These have a different taste to them and are pretty sweet. I really can't get into the any other variety of tomatoes but I love them. It just goes to show that regardless of your preferences, you will probably find a tomato that is right for you. I never thought I would like tomatoes this much but I simply can't get enough of the yellow pears.
There were two plants put into a planter of sorts and I was concerned about pollination but it all seems to be fine. I haven't looked into the pollination of these but they seem to be growing fine. I have another cucumber vine growing up a nylon trellis and it seems to be doing fine. This is the biggest one I've found so far but there are more out there that will hopefully be enjoyed as well.
The best part is that I think I've figured out what kind of squash these all are. So far I have spaghetti and acorn squash. If any of the butternut made it, I simply don't see it.
Bed 1: There are tomatoes on the back side with pepper plants in the front. There are buds on everything and many baby yellow pear tomatoes.
Bed 2: Eggplants, peppers and more tomato plants are found in this one. The tomato plants have buds and also have small fruit on them. I am happy to say that I have found the first eggplant bud for the season! I am not sure the variety but I'm only growing black beauty and front runner.
Bed 3: My main tomato bed and the have many bunches of fruit. This is were I put in the carrots in between the tomato plants. The carrots have sprouted and the tops are still small but it all looks good. This bed includes, what appears to be, yellow pear, moneymaker and/or early girl but they will all be enjoyed equally.
That just about does it for this week but the fun doesn't end here. The link to the photos for this week's update is below. You will find many more pictured that include; tomatoes, squash, flowers and more.
Find the photos for this week HERE.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
There are not many pollinating insects out there yet, and there is no reason these should go to waste.
I know there are probably some out there that wonder about hand pollinating squash and it is not that hard. I found some help online and when you get down to it, it isn't difficult at all. I had to resort to it last year because all of my spaghetti squash was just dying. We ended up enjoying 3-4 squash last year and fell in love with them.
Of course, the updates here will continue and you will see the process with me.
This is just one of the many flowers that are all over the yard and I am in totally in love. I don't know what it is but I have always admired marigolds in the different varieties. As a kid I remember walking home from school and seeing them growing at a few houses. I now know why they may have been grown.
The white swiss chard is in two rows in the center and has different varieties of lettuce on either side. The chard has been eaten fresh in salads and cooked like spinach and provides great flavor.
I have seen many tutorials that uses pvc pipe, but the sun will make it brittle and may not last too long. My next idea is conduit pipe but I don't know if the pipe will be too hot and burn the plant. The pipe would be a sturdier option and won't cost too much. A frame can be made and nylon netting used to hold up the plant.
I don't know yet but we'll see. Although, the garden funds are being used to buy redwood dog eared picket fence boards to make more raised beds. More on that later.
The plants in the current beds are bigger everyday and will hopefully put out a good yield of organic food without the high cost. The tomato/carrot bed on the right fills in more everyday.
The middle bed has eggplants, peppers and tomatoes in it. Everything in it is also getting nice and big. The peppers also have small buds on them. The only thing I gotta watch right now if the massive squash plant that has emerged between the last two beds on the end. If you remember, I am not great at labels. I honestly didn't think it would get so massive and a little trimming has been needed.
The last bed on the left has 3 tomato plants and 3 pepper plants. The tomato plants are a decent size and the peppers are also getting there. More buds and new leaves can be found almost everyday. I hope it all makes it though and provides some great food.
The last photo of the week is one of a green bell pepper plant that has been potted up. It may actually stay in this pot for the season. Buds on these have started to form and should hopefully be putting out some great peppers.
I think this is one of the bigger updates this season but I hope I will be reporting about the many pounds of organic produce that come out of the garden. It will definitely help with the grocery bill.
Until next week!
This week's photos are HERE!