Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kale Harvest


Today I ran out in between raindrops and cut off a leaf or two from each kale plant. Wow is fresh leafy greens good. Here is a picture of the harvest after washing and removing the veins.

Other veggies that we've harvested already include spinach, yellow squash and swiss chard. The watermelon and cantaloupe just sprouted as well. Getting ready for an abundant summer!

This kale's going to be joined by bacon and tomato for a huge salad. Yum, yum!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Garden



It's been a very long time since I last posted, but I wanted to make sure that I got something up to record the 2011 spring growing season. We've been very busy around here building 6 new beds and hauling a lot of dirt and compost.

Here are the seedlings from about a month ago. We ended up planting spinach, kale, yellow and green squash, potatoes, onions, bell pepper, cayenne pepper, sweet pepper, tomatoes, basil, eggplant, broccoli and swiss chard.

It's been an excellent growing season so far and I hope to be harvesting some very soon. The spinach and kale is ready now.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Finally Moved!


After at least a year of looking for a new house we have finally moved and just in time for the fall planting season. After several weeks of other "projects" I finally got the raised bed into the ground and filled with soil.

I had some tomatoes left over from the spring that hadn't grown at all due to the constant moving and lack of light and water, but I dropped them in the bed to see what will happen.

I also planted one row of radishes, one row of spinach, one row of kale and a few different broccoli varieties. We will see how they do in the new yard.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Moving a raised bed.


Unfortunately or maybe fortunately we have been in the process of moving / looking for new housing for the last 3 or 4 months. I was hoping to have been in place in the new house before the spring really kicked off. That hasn't happened, but we are still optimistic that it will not be too late.

In preparation I have dug up the raised bed and planned to transport it dirt and all to the new house. This was actually much easier than I thought it would be. All I did was bag the dirt and pull up the structure. Hopefully our next house will have more space and we can increase the size of the raised bed. Last year we definitely didn't have enough space.

One side effect of growing in raised beds is that I now have cilantro growing all over my yard. From one plant of cilantro came dozens and dozens of little starts. Cutting the grass now gives off a lovely smell of chopped cilantro and it makes me think of margaritas and salsa. Bring on the warm weather!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Peppers from the pepper patch


Green and Red Bell, Cayenne, Alma Paprika and Fish. Fish are hot!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

First Eggplant


For whatever reason I have not had any fruit from this eggplant - until now. This guy is growing steadily and I'm really looking forward to an eggplant parmesan.

Basil explosion

This might be the best way to grow basil. It has exploded from 2" to about 8" in 4 days. For more information on 2-liter sub irrigation check out my previous posts.