Archive for August, 2008

Time Flies!

Has it really been a month since I’ve posted. Sorry for that. I have a few pictures to share, just haven’t gotten around to uploading them. I’ll try this week.

The plants are acting as if it’s the end of September, instead of the end of August. The squash are dying back, but have put on some new growth. This is unusual and too early in the season for this to happen. Our largest haul of squash in one picking was 80 pounds and now we are lucky to get 20 squash per picking. Tomatoes are in, but again, not as prolific as last year. I blame the weather and that encompasses a lot, global warming being the main culprit. What do we do? We just continue to grow and see what happens.

We are excited to be attending a symposium on Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew in September. We are really happy with the raised bed we put in this year. For example, eggplant never grows well for us; the plants are stunted and the leaves get attacked by bugs. But this year, we put 8 eggplant in the SFG bed and they are growing great. We’ve never had so much eggplant. (Note: we didn’t expect to have any, so we didn’t plant enough for everyone, which sort of works out because not everyone likes eggplant.) Seeing the results firsthand of SFG, we have decided to rebuild the gardens for the 2009 summer season, in the SFG method.

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Cheery, Cherry Tomatoes

Sungold, Sugar Lump, Green Grape, Cayenne Pepper & DiMilpa Tomatillo

Sungold, Sugar Lump and Green Grape Tomatoes; Cayenne Pepper and De Milpa Tomatillo

We have been giving cherry tomatoes for a couple of weeks now, and each week the baskets are fuller and fuller. This week we even gave some cayenne pepper and De Milpa Tomatillos. Just enough to make a little salsa. Big tomatoes are starting to come in too. Yippee!!!

From Johnny’s Seeds:

De Milpa Tomatillo (OG)
(Physalis ixocarpa)

Mexican heirloom, long storage.
These grow unattended in family corn fields and are harvested for home use and for selling in town on market day. High dry matter, small to medium, round fruits store fresh for several weeks, handy for fresh salsa. Portions of the fruits blush with purple, especially after harvest. Organically grown.

Bright Lights

Baby Bright Lights Chard

Baby Bright Lights Swiss Chard

Baby Bright Lights Chard has arrived and is now making an appearance in subscriber shares. I love the different colors of stalks; magenta, yellow, red and orange, against the bright green of the leaves. They are one of the plants in the raised bed.

From Johnny’s Seeds: Multicolor chard – 1998 All-America Selections winner. Stems of many colors including gold, pink, orange, purple, red, and white … with bright and pastel variations. Lightly savoyed, green or bronze leaves. The taste is milder than ordinary chard, with each color a bit different. The late New Zealand amateur breeder John Eaton developed Bright Lights.

Aloe

Transplants

Transplant

We recently transplanted a very overgrown aloe plant that had lots of little aloe plants. We weren’t sure if we were transplanting them correctly, but we remembered someone telling us, “You just stick them in the ground.” So we did.

But on further reading, maybe we transplanted incorrectly. So if you received one of the aloe plants when you picked up veggies, please, don’t blame yourself if they die.

I read the most common mistake is to overwater.

Go to The Aloe Guy’s website to read all there is to know about aloe plants. The FAQs have info on planting, watering, etc.

Friends in the Garden

Eric's new friend

Eric's new friend

Our latest friend in the garden.

Note Eric’s shirt

What the (bleep)?!

Who do you think dug this up?

Who do you think dug this up?

Imagine my surprise when I found this little bed of cilantro dug up! Whatever did this was certainly after the gopher underneath. I hope it was worth it, because half of the cilantro is dead and gone. Now I have to straighten the bed and reseed.

On a good note, the surviving cilantro is growing well. 🙂