Finally spring has come!My seedlings will be moving to their new homes soon (although not as soon as I would have liked, spring has not been overly warm here yet). I will be getting the patio cleaned off as soon as it stops raining outside. My entire patio garden is getting an overhaul this year in the hopes that we will be to use the patio instead of just having it be essentially a greenhouse like it was last year. I didn’t mind so much, but my husband would like to be able to use the ...
The red broom corn ( sorghum bicolor) has matured and the seed heads are now a brilliant reddish color ( as advertised). I didn’t really know how it goes from plant to broom so I looked it up and here is what I found out:When the seed peduncles ( isn’t that a fun word?) begin to turn from a yellowish color to a light green color then the seed heads should be cut off. Now, isn’t that strange? Normally things go from green to yellow in the fall. Nope these go gr...
My cabbage is looking sad, and I’m not sure if it’s frost bite or rot. Please help! (The holes are from cabbage moth caterpillars last fall; it’s the spots that I’m concerned about.)I have more pictures if needed!
I was walking in my community garden the other day and was so excited to see the tulips beginning to poke their way out of the ground! I am so ready for the spring planting season to begin.I’m a little wary of putting things in the ground too soon, however, so for now I will just have to enjoy starting some seedlings at home and tending them until the ground decides to stop freezing at night.I will be purchasing a grow light this weekend and putting in the very first of my seedlings. I ...
2 feet of rain in September, followed by 8 weeks drought in spring with 30C+ temps ( 90F+) followed by too much rain and a flood from the same storm which is (still) dumping on the Aussies got things off to a strange start but the combination of the moisture and heat and long days has brought things right in a hurry. The corn is knee high by 4th of Jan so we must be on schedule! and there is a veritable food forest thing happening. Here you can see the corn in the forefront, the sorghu...
Here are a few pictures of bai cai (literally white cabage, aka napa cabbage) Kohlrabi and some other mystery vegetable (I am serious, no clue what this is) The pictures are a 1.5 weeks old, simply did not find the time to post them earlier.We’ll probably dig up a few sweet potatoes this coming weekend and plant these vegetables. Chris
Another vegetable we’ve been harvesting for a while: Si Gua. And of course there is always more don gua, Seven more to come. Just hope the frost stays away a few more weeks…
No idea what this is in English, red mustard leaves maybe. Grown from seed, we are thinning them and this gave a nice meal. I still feel strange planting in fall. It’s supposed be cold by now, right?
The tomatoes finally turn bright and cheery, their mood seeming to spread too quickly now amongst their friends for me to deal with. Second-generation snap peas compete for the twine that knitted their ancestors together. New broccoli, romaine and spinach shoot up tiny hands, grasping for sunbeams to pull themselves up by. The once proud sunflowers now hunch over, becoming gloomy and streaked with gray, as if knowing the Dante-esque destiny that awaits them in my oven. White and o...
The rains have moved in and when I get out in between rain drops, there are always some fresh surprises. We’ve been busy repositioning some blueberries, planting some more fruit trees ( apple, feijoa ) propagating peaches and black currants. We’ve dug the last of our winter potatoes ( and any forgotten ones are simply filling in the spaces again), first of the broccoli is ready to be picked and our rhubarb is just exploding this year after a couple of years getting settled in. ...
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