Monday, April 10, 2017

Cleanup day

Before




After




Still more to go but the plastic is in great shape for this experiment of not tilling this year.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

List of started seeds and irritations with tech.

I wanted to post some pics of current and recent things but i can't seem to get my blog - email - photo saving - phone gallery and etcetera to sync up. I've had this problem before and had found a workaround for it but that no longer ....  works.

So,  yep.  Gotta find something else to get through that. So annoying.

I did get my dates and seed names to list here:

On January 29, 2017

Peppers:

Carolina Reaper
Ghost
Ancho
King og the North (sweet)
Doorknob (sweet)
one seed of Purple Marconi that did not manage to germinate

Eggplant:

Meatball
Shooting Stars
Black Beauty

March 14, 2017

Tomatoes:

Supersauce
Cherokee Purple
Ukrane Purple
Pineapple Bicolor
Chocolate Miracle
Old German

And some Aunt Molly's ground cherries (finally got an early start on those after intending to for about 3 years-  but i always get volunteers even when i forget entirely.)

Yesterday the last (and hope to goodness) seed orders came in...   though i still need both purple and green shiso seeds if i don't have any more....   um,  to begin that sentence again:  The last full seed order arrived and i got to planting.

4-08-17

Ivory Pear Tomato
Edible chrysanthemum
Sabre Heirloom Ukranian tomato
Dwarf Tamarillo
Rosso Sicilian tomato  (free giftie packet)
Fox's Nose tomato
Garden Berry litchi
Black Krim tomato
Pruden's Purple tomato
Riesentraube tomato
Belyi Sakhar - White Sugar tomato (free giftie)
Black Vernissage tomato (free giftie)
Mitoyo Eggplant
Manganji sweet pepper (Japan)

So,  with 3 free gift tomato packets i overdid it on the 'maters again.  I also kinda forgot how many i had already planted. This is the hazard of not making lists! LOL

the only tomatoes i really was dead set on planting were the Cherokees, Pruden's, Supersauce, Fox's Nose and Ivory Pear.  However,  i'm not really complaining!


















Monday, April 3, 2017

Seeds 2017

I'm already very disorganized this year.  That is why i enjoyed blogging so much. It helped me stay organised by forcing myself to preserve my fragments and lay them out in some semblance of order.

On some notebook that hopefully is still in the house but exact location is unknown...   i wrote down the seeds i started...  i think.... in February.  It was mainly tomatoes and peppers.

i'm not sure how to write down what they were because i don't have those notes right now or even the dates so i'll save that for another post.

I have no idea where i'm headed or what my garden goal is for the year but i did succumb to the seed catalogs again.
I haven't even really gone through my seeds,  i've only planted 2 flats-  but i did do some wintersowing  in March and that's where i really need my notes because those things are outside and under a fresh fall of snow.

I think that is another reason i'm so flummoxed this year,  spring is coming late.  i have 2 bales of ProMix that are still frozen.

Well, here's the seeds i bought and i haven't the foggiest idea where they are all going to go except that i know i have some room freed up since i'm abandoning broccoli and Brussels sprouts for now.

From Baker Creek:
Gniff Carrot
Item No: CR133
 
    Dwarf Tamarillo
    Item No: GR136

    Rich Sweetness 132 Melon
    Item No: OML126

    Zucchino Rampicante Squash
    Item No: SSQ103

    Celtuce Lettuce
    Item No: LT147

    Kabocha Squash
    Item No: SQ206

    Yokohama Squash
    Item No: SQ108

    Ornamental Fringed Mix Kale
    Item No: KA104

    Chinese Red Meat Radish
    Item No: RD114

    Flying Saucers - Morning Glory
    Item No: FL485

    Litchi Tomato or Morelle De Balbis
    Item No: GR112

    Pink Summercicle Radish
    Item No: RD135

    Singara Rat's Tail Radish
    Item No: RD150

    Sagami Hanjiro Cucumber
    Item No: CU165

    Flamboyant Radish
    Item No: RD139

    Mitoyo
    Item No: EG201

    Glass Gem Corn
    Item No: CN162

    Caserta Squash
    Item No: SSQ138

    Japanese Long Cucumber
    Item No: CU111

    Manganji Sweet Pepper
    Item No: PP201



    From Pinetree Garden Seeds:
    Sugar Magnolia Snap Pea ( 70 days )

    TRONCHUDA CABBAGE (85 days)

    GREYZINI SUMMER SQUASH (F1 HYBRID 47 DAYS)

    RED BURGUNDY OKRA (55 days)

    GOLDEN SWEET SNOW PEA (HEIRLOOM, 67 days)

    PRUDENS PURPLE TOMATO (72 days) (HEIRLOOM)

    Marconi Purple Pepper (80-90 days)

    TETSUKABUTO WINTER SQUASH (F1 Hybrid 90 days)

    Minowase Daikon Radish (Heirloom, 55 days)

    BUTTA ZUCCHINI / SUMMER SQUASH (F1 HYBRID 45 DAYS)

    HEIKE CUCUMBER (F1 Hybrid, 58 days)

    DELIKATESSE CUCUMBER (60 days) (HEIRLOOM)

    SUNFLOWER - FANTASIA MIXTURE

    POTATO 'ADIRONDACK BLUE' - 2lb

    POTATO 'DARK RED CHIEFTAIN' - 2lb

    BOSTON PICKLING CUCUMBER (heirloom) (52 days)

    Hinona Kabu Japanese Turnip (40 Days)

    Dragon Langerie Bush Bean (57 days, Heirloom)

    Red Swan Bush Bean (55 days, Organic)


    From Amishland Heirloom seeds:
    EARLY CLUSTER RUSSIAN CUKE seeds

    Skirret-Sium seeds (2)

    Eva's Burgundy Lettuce seeds

    Sabre Ukrainian Heirloom Tomato seeds

    FOX'S NOSE TOMATO seeds

    BELYI SAKHAR WHITE SUGAR TOMATO seeds

    MASAI SNAP BEAN seeds  (3)


    and

    From Burpee:
    Baby Corn, Bonus
    Item# 63140A
    Pea, Purple Podded
    Item# 51940A
    Chinese Cabbage, Pak Choi, Toy Choi Hybrid
    Item# 68045A
















    Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Remembering (some of) last Summer

    It was a really good summer for the garden. There were some pretty hot days here and there but not  any unending heat waves. We were definitely on the dry side most of the season, the small area of lawn took it hard but having laid down soaker hose beneath the plastic mulch in the garden, watering was easy and efficient there.

    The combination of soaker hose and plastic sheeting was perfect.  Very little water was lost to runoff and all the heat and almost perfectly weed free rows allowed for lush growth.

    The worst trouble of the 2016 garden were the aphids.  There were green ones,  black ones and wooly ones.   The green were on the plum and Jerusalem Artichokes, the black were on the remaining beach plum and a little bit on the Carmine Jewel cherry and the wooly ones were on the broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

    Speaking of which,  i'm not bothering with Brussels sprouts again. I love to eat them but they never get anywhere in my garden.  I have tried them a few times before,  and occasionally try again , using different varieties and some technique but the same result- no sizable sprouts are formed before the plants are buried under snow.... and they don't winter over up here.


    I know this post has at least a few duplicate pictures that i have already shared,  but i posted to little last summer that i needed my own little re-cap.


    I had the pepper row on the left with the sweet and hot peppers together.  Among those are King of the North, Doorknob, Ghost, Purple Marconi, and i think Martin's Carrot.   At the end is Meatball eggplant from Burpee's and that was a great veggie last year!   Large, sweet and i cooked some on the grill almost every night after the zucchini plants quit. The Ghost pepper harvest was shared out to a few co-workers who are Pepperheads.  One let a few Ghosts steep in vodka for a while and though i believe him when he says he's very used to very hot stuff he even admitted that it was "painful" to use that way.  So he puts some of the spicy vodka in his chili or spaghetti sauces in order to regulate the heat to his liking. I have Ghost seedlings growing already for this year and also got a few seeds of Carolina Reapers that i have about three plants from so far. I have two coworkes who are interested in trying them.  I was thinking of trying the Trinidad Scorpions,  but i think 5-6 plants of Scoville chart-busters will provide enough to share around.  LOL




    My oldest daughter was away for much of the summer on a trip to Japan so i was kind of in a rut for a while,  it seemed so strange not having her around.  She enjoyed the trip immensely so it was worth the weirdness for me.

    Sunflowers on the left in the above photo.

    I had one interesting "sleeper" crop.  I had got some Masai Snap beans from Amishland Heirloom Seeds and did not expect them to do much because they didn't quite act like the other bush beans i have grown before.  They were more miniature and hide their beans under their leaves.  I  picked a few and they have a great flavor that is noticeably different but i thought they were small and wouldn't do much so i honestly pretty much forgot about them while i picked the other beans for their handful of productive weeks.  After the first couple of  frosts that knocked pretty much everything else flat,  i kicked around the plants and noticed that there were still new beans under there, even among the dried pods. If i had reread the description and payed attention i would have known that that bean produces moderate but steady all season.  So i ordered double the seed this year and am anticipating an unhurried supply of those yummy beans this summer and fall.


    I wish i had timestamps on on my photos like the older cameras had. I think this is when the tomatoes were really beginning to take off.  At that point i was still keeping up with pruning and tying up.  In the end,  though,  those red stakes couldn't handle it.  So i'm going back to T-posts this year.


    Fava beans on the right side.  I think they did ok,  but i have so little experience with fava beans in general,  i wasn't sure what to do with them.  Might try again.

    I put the okra and leonotis in the back.  A volunteer potato can be seen in flower ...



    Zukes did great,   had plenty for the grill and enough to share even as i pick them when they are under 8 inches long.  Of course downy mildew got them in the end.  I tried spraying them with a solution of generic Listerine type mouthwash and it definitely helped but i was on the late side when i decided to try it.
    I think this was among the first of the cukes and many more followed!  It was a great summer for cucumbers.  I even got to make a few batches of both sweet and sour pickles.  Plenty were eaten fresh and more were shared.




    It was awesome.  They just kept coming.


    Best use ever:


    Provider bush beans,  first harvest
    Then i realized i needed a container and it almost wasn't enough for that first picking.



    One okra, 2 perfect zukes and one that almost got too big.



    I think this was the first of the Meatball eggplant.


    My garden inspector



    Favas have really beautiful flowers!




    Funky tomato.  I was asked if it was GMO which was silly because it was a certified organicky heirloom Cherokee Purple.  But hey,  choose this day your own paranoia. ;)



    The sunnies were so nice to have and in the fall,  the birds had a blast.  The bees had them all summer so they were full to bursting with seeds.




    The leonotis were beautiful too in their unique way.


    This is how they look in the winter.

    More sunnies.



    Thirty pounds of diced and cored tomatoes.  About 5 gallons i think.


    Love these Clarke's Heavenly Blue morning glories.





    I made cherry jam and currant jelly too.  Our amazingly sweet cat Caper was enjoying the warmth that came from the cooling jars.


    My grapes outdid themselves too.


    Expectation:


    Reality:
    ...And lots of grape jelly too.



    Okra flower.


    Rainbow Dash pumpkin.  I bought the pumpkins at work.  I don't have enough room to grow them.


    An off shaped pumpkin was perfect for carving Derpy Hooves.



    i think this takes us back in time and i'm not sure why i posted this pic in this order when i began the draft of this post about 3 months ago....



    I think this is my third Meyer lemon.  Previous ones have succumbed to spider mites, toddlers, and/or a combination of those.   So far in the first day of April,  it has survived the harsh indoor elements of inadequate light and low humidity and after many blooms in late summer,  still has one green lemon clinging to a branch. I've had to treat it for spidermites twice now,  using a solution of 50/50 wintergreen rubbing alcohol and water sprayed directly onto the leaves and stems.


    All the running around i did this summer really helped me with the weight battle that has plagued me since my mid teens.  I lost about 40 pounds and have somewhat effortlessly kept it off all but 6-  which i expect to leave once i get back to work outside again.   The big pair is where i was last year,   the middle dark jeans are my current size and the top pair is where i hope to be in another 15-20 pounds (getting into the under 200 pound category).


    So i guess this where i intended to stop the pictures.  I'm sure i had a bunch of other things to remind myself of at the time but i just did my seed orders and need to catch up on what to do this coming season.  I have to get on with it!