Thursday, November 11, 2010

Another day without frost

Sweet corn in November and the carrots I planted late (July 24th). Next year I need to plant them a few weeks earlier. The purple carrot (Black Knight) did well because I did not have very much seed. All the other carrots were spaced way too close together. I think I need to plant the late carrots the first week of July. The radishes planted at the same time could be planted a week later. Next year the first week of August for late radish.

Potato beans

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010


Too busy harvesting. I'm running out of time. A couple of light frosts already!

Check out this cool cucumber!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Corn Project

Please check out my corn project page above. I will make updates and add additional information as time permits.

I hope everyone is having a great summer.

Life is busy for me right now and the summer is going by too quickly!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sun Crest peach

I bought a small Sun Crest peach tree last fall and was fortunate enough to get four peaches from it this year. These peaches really are as good as described in David Mas Masumoto's Book. So juicy and tasty!

Yes, that is a huge Plaza Latina Giant Green Tomatillo! Time to make salsa!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Evidence of a garden intruder

So this morning I go out to water and find a shoe and a few broccoli leaves and plants uprooted. This is in the middle of the property and nothing else seems to be touched. Is this weird or what?

Other garden invaders I caught this morning!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

How sweet it is!

Holy cow! Busy Busy Busy! Lots of stuff to do in the garden right now but its 99.9 degrees outside and getting hotter. The garden is really pumping out some yummy stuff now. The Seascape strawberry plant are producing a huge summer crop.

HELP! I can't hold them all.

The early corn is finally ready. I think the corn on the bottom is Simonet and the top corn is Pickaninny. The corn plants were started inside and then planted outside around April 20th. So it has taken over 90 days. Not really early but we had a cool spring. I think I prefer the Pickaninny. The next sweet corn to try will be Buhl. The best is yet to come. I planted two large patches of sweet corn on June 20th.

The compost bin madness continues to expand but the heat is starting to get to these pumpkins even though they are heavily mulched with straw. 

Flowers are doing what flowers do best. Looking beautiful.

Empress of India

Alisa Craig onions

Here the green onions that I transplanted.

The peanuts continue to slowly grow.

Hot Hot Hot in the pepper garden! I have been busy bagging flowers.

Rows of peppers, each one a different variety. The neighbor and I tried one that was supposed to be Rougelands Bell. Well it was a little black pepper. Definitely not Rougelands and wooowee hot!

Pumpkin Cat!

Cats and pumpkins are cool!

This squash is trying to eat my corn. I think this corn is close to 10 feet tall.

Melon row on the right, then another tomato row, then fruit trees and stuff. That is Yikes Stripes zucchini in front.

A pole bean that does not seem to be producing and tomatillos. 

OK I'm really really excited about this! Fruit of the potato plant!!! I specifically sent away for varieties of potato that had a high likelihood of producing true potato seed (TPS). This variety is Lekssans Vit. I am also growing some plants that are started from true seed this year the I got from Tom Wagner. Now I will be able to grow from my own seed and hopefully I will get time to start breeding my own varieties. Rebsie Fairholm recently posted a couple (1) (2) of excellent articles about breeding potatoes and TPS on her blog Daughter of the Soil.  

Sweet potatoes never showed up from the Sandhill Preservation Center so I have decided to try planted a large trial of late planted carrots. July 24th? Am I crazy? Seventeen selections of carrot plus beets, radishes, turnips, rutabagas, and even Tainong Emperor Heading Mustard. Now I just need to find space for more lettuce, swiss chard, and those delicious Provider bush beans.

Thanks Ned! Turns out that Periquita Reserva 2005 is a great match with sweet corn and strawberries!