Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Paul's a.k.a. Sacratomato's Garden I

James and I met up with one of my local garden internet buddies to take some pictures for him for a couple of idig contests. He had an awesome garden.

Here is his gate upon entering his garden.
Yummy korean watermelon.

A second melon. Beautiful.

Ambrosia cantelope. He let us take it home. Mmmmm.....

Paul's a.k.a. Sacratomato's Garden

Paul's big monster pumpkin James got to pose on. It's over 80 inches around.
Proof you don't have to have a lot of room to grow big pumpkins.

Huge watermelon Paul is letting go to save seeds from.

Smaller watermelon of same variety. I forgot to take a pic of the whole plant. It was huge.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

How do you know when a pumpkin has had too much to drink????

My friend sent me this and I thought I'd share it with everyone. I thought it was hilarious.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Garden as of 10/07 and Okra

Here is the big plot in all its glory. It is pretty green. Just took out that front right tomato plant, but everything else will stay until it goes to seed or dies. The half plot we have is just dying pumpkin plants I need to pull out. Will work on that tomorrow or Thursday.
My huge okra. It went crazy this year. Letting a few pods get huge and dry so that I can harvest the seeds.

Luffah's, Luffah's, Everywhere Luffah's

Luffah gourd plant taking over the tepee and the bean trellis. You can see a smaller loofah hanging in the middle.
James and a loofah.
Pretty loofah flowers.
One big loofah. That is our biggest loofah yet.


Finally one big tomato on the vine. Maybe, just maybe it will ripen on the vine. We'll see. May have to ripen on the counter. From my garden map this is supposed to be a Pineapple tomato.
One sad San Marzano tomato. I don't think it will get full size. Such a shame I had such aspirations for this variety. Will try again next year.
I pulled out my Sungold tomato plant. Look how long the roots are. Amazing!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sorry its been so long - update on garden.

Sorry its been so long since my last post. Here is James and most of our pumpkin harvest. 4 cinderella pumpkins, 9 Musquee de Provence, and 4 batwing pumpkins. This is all from my half plot which is amazing! It's definately a pumpkin year for us. The batwings which are next to James' hand didn't turn out like they said they would lest I picked them too late, maybe they were darker and turned more orange over time, I don't know. They are supposed to be black on the bottom and orange on the top. Here is a pic of what they are supposed to look like. Oh well. It's supposed to rain this weekend, that is what has prompted me to pick all my pumpkins and squash except for the luffahs, which are just starting to produce. They say they need a long growing season and now I believe it. They didn't start producing until a couple of weeks ago, but they grow fast. Hopefully I will remember to get a picture of them soon. They are taking over the tepee and the bean trellis. They are pretty though. Constantly in bloom.
Here are my New England Pie pumpkins. They will be yummy! Oh, and final thought on direct seed vs. transplant are quite telling. The transplant for the new england pie was a smaller plant and produced only one pumpkin while the direct seeded plant was 3 times the size of the transplant and grew 4 pumpkins. So, next year I will be direct seeding most of my pumpkins and squash and I will start the loofah gourds and Mexican Sour Gherkins inside sooner than I did this year.
Here are my butternuts. There are 3-4 more on the vine still growing too. This is from one plant. Quite prolific. I can't wait to eat one. Will wait until the green goes away on them. They keep forever (atleast until about March), so we have some time before we dig in, well except for the one the stem broke off.