Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Garden Plot as of 6/24

It's looking much greener now. Green beans are finally starting to fill in on the wire in front of the tepee. My only really good looking tomato plant (front right corner next to the lavender). Strawberries are going a little wild, but that's ok.
Can you say lopsided. Just a little. Those pumpkin plants and Zucchini are just dwarfing everything else. The zucchini plants are definately growing different as well. The direct seeded plant is twice as big already and developing its first zuke.

Direct Seed vs. Transplant, First Zucchini, and Little Bitty Pumpkin

Baby pumpkin.
My first Zucchini of the year. Yippee! And it won't be the last and I will be here complaining about how many silly zucchini's I have and how I'm sick of eating them soon. LOL!

Here is my direct seed (left front) vs. transplant (right front) of squash and pumpkins results. Look how the direct seeded plant on the left has bigger leaves and is a lot greener and healthier looking. Now we wait to see how they produce.
Green beans on the left finally starting to fill in the tunnel to the tepee. And my cucumber plant on the right with little bitty teany tiny cucumbers on it.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Tagged By Two

I’ve been tagged! By GardenPunks AND Garden of Eatin' . Katie of GardenPunks is a local garden blogger and Amy of Garden of Eatin' is a fellow redhead and garden blogger and both are fellow mdcer's.

Here are the rules:
Link to the person who tagged you.
Post the rules on the blog.
Write six random things about yourself.
Tag six people at the end of your post.
Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Here are my six random things:
1) I love to dirt bike ride (my only ungreen thing I do)
2) I love dark chocolate
3) My favorite color is brown
4) I raised dairy goats in 4-H.
5) I went to Cal Poly CA and majored in Animal Science with a minor in Poultry Science.
6) I'm waiting for my Angora goats to sell so I can get some German Angora rabbits.

And here are the people I am tagging:

Carrot Tops because I just love her veggie garden pictures on her blog and she is a fellow redhead.

Sher with her My Photo Blog Blog because I love every picture she takes. She has a really cool camera and awesome pictures.

It Blows here because Sarah has a farm and I can't wait to be living on a farm again.

Not Hannah's because she writes a lot about her photos.

A Little Dirt Never Hurt because Jessica has a lot of cool ideas on her blog in the veggie garden.

My Little Slice of Heaven because she has a really cool garden blog.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Look! Look! There are 3!!!!!

You can see the 2 really well in this photo.
It's hard to see, but the third one is down there. Very nice.
Oh, and I keep forgetting to say where I got these beauties that seem to love the heat. At Peaceful Valley Farm Supply. 3 bareroot artichokes for $9.99. I thought that was a pretty good deal.
My swiss chard and my sad looking kale. I think something is eating it. I have more coming up. Plus some dill coming up as well that is hard to see.
James smelling roses at the garden. Mmmm....
This is me trying to get a photo of my squash/watermelon/pumpkins with James posing, but he decided at the last minute he wanted to look at the photos I already took. So, this is what I got. ;-)

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Artichoke! Yes, That is Singular.

Beautiful isn't it?
I can't wait to eat it! Yum!

Monday, June 9, 2008

The Garden June 9th

New England Pie and Luffa

My New England Pie Pumpkin plants. The closer one I seeded, the back one I transplanted. We'll see if the direct seeded one catches up and exceeds the transplant. I've heard its very possible. This is my test.
My sad little luffa. I think I should have started it earlier inside and transplanted it when it was bigger. It may have done better. Will have to remember that.

First Pumpkin of 2008, Musquee, and Tomato

Awww.... Look at that, my first pumpkin, hopefully. The flower is still open so I don't know if it's been fertilized or not yet, but there is a male flower open at the same time, so cross your fingers. This will be a cinderella pumpkin (Rouge Vif d' Etampes ). Hope there will be two, one for Jen and one for us for Halloween, anymore than that I will see how it tastes cooked, then freeze the rest for Thanksgiving and Christmas pies.
Musquee de Provence. I just love the leaves, so cool. This will be an eating pumpkin.
My biggest tomato. Hopefully we will get something. There were so many varieties I wanted to try, I hope they pull through. I think this one is doing the best because it was totally taken out of that yucky soil that the others are still in when I transplanted them. I should have taken all that soil off all of them. Oh well, next time I will know, if this happens again. By the way it was Edna's Best potting soil I used for transplanting in. I should have used Peaceful Valley's Organic Potting soil like last year when my plants did so well.

The Beans, The Beans!

They are getting there.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Harvesting the Garlic and Shallots

Here they are my meager garlic and shallots harvest. ;-)
Garlic up close. Now, I'm trying to figure out what those little things hanging on them are. Are they seeds or are they tiny cloves? Hmmmm....

Monday, June 2, 2008


So, when your garlic starts looking like this, it is time to pull it. It's almost to the point of starting to rot. Not good. I didn't think it was that close. Sheesh! So, I'm probably going to pull all of the garlic and shallots this week and then cure them at the farm. I'm so excited to have fresh garlic! Awesome garlic bread coming soon.
I pulled one. Looking good. Mmmmm....

I Don't Believe it

Do you see what I see? Our first little artichoke. Awww.... I can't wait to eat it. Yummmm.... I just didn't believe we would actually get an artichoke the first year. We will probably get our fill this year and its only June 2nd. We got these little guys as bare root from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply.
My banana plant at its happiest. I got it last year from a local MDCer and it was so sad when I got it and then it got even sadder when that big storm hit in Jan. and snapped it clean off at the base. And now it has grown back bigger and better. Amazing! And yes you can grow bananas in CA. Here is a great banana site!