Thursday, June 28, 2012

Farm Update!

I was walking around the garden yesterday and was inspired to pull out the camera. I wanted to show off how well everything is doing in the garden.

The first shot  shows about 10 tomatoes on this one section. There are other blossoms on the plant above this area but no actual tomatoes.

Of course, I don't know what variety this is yet but should know shortly. They actually look like they will ripen yellow which means they are Jubilees. The wife and I split a ripe one of these today and they are very tasty. The texture of this variety feels like I am eating peach. The flesh just feels that way and it is a mild flavor.

The first tomato variety that I ever tried to grow was Green Zebra. I was taking a biology class as part of the coursework. I don't remember what the reason for it was but it piqued my interest in gardening.  Of course, I ended up killing that tomato plant and didn't get any fruit from it but I wanted to grow that variety ever since and I can now say that I have.

I bought this plant as a seedling at a local plant sale and it has just taken off. The fruit is simply gorgeous and we ate the first one last week but it is just a bit too tart / sour for me but the wife loves it that way. This plant is producing well and I will try and save some seeds to add to my collection.

After killing the first tomato plant ever and moving into the new home, I decided to really try and grow something. One of the plants in that first garden was squash, Spaghetti Squash to be exact. I had no idea what I was doing and just threw some seeds in the ground. Two seeds sprouted and grew long vines. I ended up with 3-4 squash that first time around.

I saved some seeds from those first squash and planted them this year. It is going extremely well. The trellis is 3 feet wide by 6 feet tall and has 4-5 squash already. I have already harvested a squash that is just over 6 lbs and there is one in this photo that seems to be bigger than that already.

The wife and I go out for sushi sometimes and we love the Edamame that is brought out that the beginning of the meal. While shopping for the Blue Jade Corn seeds at Seed Savers, I found some soy beans that can be eaten as Edamame. This variety is Envy and I and ready to start picking these shortly. This variety only grows to about 2 feet tall and as you can see, is a very good producer. I haven't picked any because the beans don't look to be too big. I will probably just pick a couple to try out. I planted many of these in various areas in the garden. I included it in the beans I planted in what used to be the corn bed. I will be posting as to what I find out.

I know this has been a tomato have post but I am very happy with the results of the heirloom varieties and have been enjoying these delicious fruits for about a week or two.

Overall, I must say that I am very pleased with this year's garden and hope to keep improving, All of the produce from the garden is being eaten. Two people can only eat so much, so it will be shared with family and friends.

That's it for now and I will be back soon with more updates!

Luis

 P.S.: There are more garden photos in the Flickr Set for this update HERE!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Farm Update!

I'm back with another update! There has been many things going on in life and in the garden.

Here is the newest garden decoration that is just hanging out. It looks right at home.



This is the first ripe tomato of the year and there are many more to come. Of course, I don't know what variety this is. I just know it will be tasty. There are many large heirloom tomatoes all around but the heat has not really kicked in to ripen them. This one was just clipped today and will ripen a little bit more in the kitchen.



When making your own compost and if everything is not fully broken down, you may end up with some volunteer plants. I do not know exactly that plant this is but it is obviously a gourd of sorts. There is only one way to find out. I have only seen one bloom on it and it was a male bloom, I need both at the same time to make some magic.



This plant has been mistaken for other things. I first thought this was broccoli but "heads" never started forming. I was going through seed packets to decide what to plant in my mom's garden and came across a siberian kale packet and it looked like a match but not quite. I then remembered that I had an excel worksheet that I had thrown together. The final verdict came in and we are enjoying some collards.


The last shot for this update is of my "spacemaster cukes" and there are many blooms on it but no cukes yet. I've got other plants that will, hopefully, be putting out more than we can eat. I'd like to see trellis full and heavy with fruit.

I will try and post soon with any new developments.


Until next time!

Luis

P.S: The photos for this update can be found here!