Sunday, November 13, 2011

Farm Update: 11/12/11

We start this week by showing the bed that was moved over from behind the garage. I had a spot planned for it but some tomato plants needed to be taken out. I couldn't wait and I was looking for something to do. I ended up putting it on the opposite end of the garden. I even pulled out the last pieces of landscape fabric I could find. I also had a large bag of mulch and that was added as well. I can always add smaller beds in the covered area. I would just need to move the mulch over and place the bed on top of the landscape fabric.

The strawberry bed is the one sticking out from the bottom left of this photo and the plants are growing well in it. I will probably be adding more strawberry plants once Spring rolls around. It will help fill up the bed a little faster and more berries are always a good thing.

Next bed has a single cucumber plant that will start growing up the massive trellis. We are hoping to have some cucumbers from this plant, but we'll have to wait and see. I don't have anything else planted in this bed but may be adding something this coming week. I have many seeds that could be added but it will not easy to choose.

The plant looks fairly healthy at this point and will hopefully stay this way. I believe these are Straight Eights. We had some of these during the early part of the summer and they were tasty.

The garden right now still looks pretty good considering the weather has gotten colder. There hasn't been much change since the last update and everything looks pretty much the same. The only real difference is the new bed and the seedlings have grown a bit.

I know I normally have more photos but I'm keeping this one short.

I will be back next week and will be back with more photos but this week's photos can be found HERE!


Monday, November 7, 2011

Farm Update: 11/06/11

Another week has passed and that means that it is time for another update. The established plants haven't made a huge change but seedlings have started to emerge. The first photo shows the little change that has occurred, but there is something new in the garden.

The two beds on the right have simple pvc structures with bird netting attached and they do a great job of keeping the cats out. I have already created covers for these structures from large, thick trash bags for those frosty nights. I know there shouldn't be too many in this area but you never know what may come our way.

I mentioned new seedlings have sprouted and here is the proof.  These happen to be radishes but they are not alone. The two small beds along the wall have white swiss chard, lettuce and more radishes that have also sprouted. There may be some radishes ready from these beds soon.

Enough about seedlings, and on to tomatoes.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Tomatoes are still going and no sign of slowing down yet. I have been harvesting tomatoes a little early and allowing them to ripen on the window sill in the kitchen. I do this to allow the plant to put all of its energy into producing more and larger fruit.

These specific tomatoes have been picked and are ripening in the kitchen.

I am now also growing marigolds from seed, at least trying to in the bed behind the garage.

The last shot for this update is of that bed. It has been raining lately and the bed is soaked but not much can be done. I am thinking of moving that bed into the main  garden area. I won't be able to until the bamboo structure is taken out and that won't be out until I pull the tomato plants attached to it. For now, it will stand alone.

I will be back with another update soon enough. The photos for this update should hold you over until next time. Those can be found HERE.