Sunday, June 19, 2011
Weekly Farm Update: 6/19/11
I gotta start looking for more ways to eat eggplant and I don't think I exhausted my options last year. Eggplant was baked, fried, boiled/stewed, sauteed. I hope to be able to grill it this year.
As you can see, there are tomatoes that should be picked sooner than later. This bed also includes carrots that should be good to pull in another month or so. I believe these are full size carrots and I am interested in seeing if there is a difference in growing them directly in the ground or in a raised bed.
The middle bed includes peppers, eggplants and tomatoes and they are all producing. No eggplant has been eaten yet this year, but the peppers and yellow pear maters are plentiful and delicious.
The last bed also has tomatoes, what a shocker there, and 3 different kinds of peppers. Banana, green bells, and poblano peppers. These have all been producing more than enough peppers than we need. Like I've said before, they aren't as large as the ones that are found in the stores, but those are just massive. There are only 2 of us and we don't need anything in that size.
This bed was planted with mainly root crops that include: beets, bunching onions, more carrots, radishes, turnips but also include spinach and lettuce. The grid was easy to make with push pins, twine, sharpie and yardstick. The bed is 3x3 and the yardstick was perfect for measuring the squares. Push pins were hammered on the inside of the bed and the twine was then added.
I'm not sure how it will work out but it looks promising. I even covered this bed with a roll of yard guard mesh. It is set on top and falls down the sides to protect it from the cats and will keep them from using it is a giant litter box. I can just water the bed without needing to take off the yard guard. I will be posting photos of it's progress in the weekly updates.
She searched the internet for all the information she could find and put it into action. She only waters them once a week and the love is starting to show. The blossoms for this year are starting to form and she simply can't wait. There were a few last year and they were not only gorgeous, but also smelled amazing. It looks like she may get even more blossoms this year and she is bouncing off the walls.
This is it for this week and I hope to back next week with more photos!
The photos for this week can be found here.