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Awesome Garden… no pesticide

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

This year I have boxes in the front yard. I have gotten bunches of cucumbers, peppers and squash. This year I have had absolutely 0 pest problems.

The reason is because I bird put a nest in our wreath on the front door. She has 3 baby birds to feed and the first place she looks every day is my garden.

I had my first ground cherry today.

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Today I walked over to my one little ground cherry plant and I exclaimed, “Jeeze when is one of these husks going to drop?” Then I noticed that one tiny husk had fallen. The little fruit inside was about a half an in diameter and was very gold.

It was delicious. I bit the fruit in half and gave the other half to Melissa. When I took the initial bite my instincts immediately were that something was wrong. I believe this is because a ground cherry is almost exactly the same consistency of a garden grown tomato. I love garden grown tomatoes. But while some cherry tomatoes are kind of sweet, they aren’t pineapple sweet. It was kind of like thinking you have a glass of water when you have a glass of Sprite. It’s a little shocking.

Once I got over the initial shock I was blown away by how insanely sweet it was. It tasted a lot like pineapple with a hint of vanilla. Absolutely delicious.

Garden report

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

So I now I am getting a couple of cucumbers a day. A green pepper every two or three days. A squash or zucchini every couple of days. My tomatoes are lots of plants, but not many tomatoes (they need to be in the front next year). I have a really cool plant… ground cherry or Chinese lantern plant. It’s a very pretty plant.

I planted about 100 Chinese lantern plants and only one survived. I will harvest its seeds for next year.

Garden stuff…

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

The gardens doing well. The tomatoes are doing ok in the back, they would probably be doing better in the front. We have harvested a few cucumbers a couple of small squash and a zucchini. I think there are bunch more coming.

I have one ground cherry plant growing and it has a couple of ground cherries on it. I planted about 100 seeds and I ended up with one plant… I am going to have to try something different next year.

Covering the garden… well the peppers.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

So last year we had a late frost last year and it retarded the peppers.  So I decided to cover them.

The tomatoes have their fist blossoms and several of the peppers have blossoms too.  The cucumbers and squash are growing like crazy.

Square Foot Garden Progress…

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

So my plants seem to be super duper happy. They are growing like crazy. I have the boxes close to the house so it’s easy maintain them. It’s a lot less work and a lot more fun than last year.

Must be a warm micro climate where our new garden is.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

I was concerned that it got very cold last night. For some reason my vegetables were very happy today. The only thing I can think of is that I have a micro climate in that spot. I have a colder micro climate where my old garden was. It’s cool because now I have apple trees where it gets cold and vegies where it won’t get cold.

I think I may have retarded my peppers… again

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

So green peppers are VERY SENSITIVE to cold.  I planted a bunch of peppers in my square foot garden  yesterday.  It got down to the high 30s last night.

I bet I am going to have problems with the peppers.  Next year I won’t plant peppers until April 15th.

Bringing the garden closer to the house…

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

So everything I have heard and read about gardening lately has said that vegetables should be grown close to the house. This is because they require a lot of maintenance. Then the trees and bushes should be farther away. So I am changing my approach.

We build 7 square foot gardens today. Three for the front yard… Flowers. Four for the back yard. Veggies.

Apple Blossoms!!!

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

So last year Ana surprised me with two apple trees for father’s day. If you know any gardeners it’s probably not a good idea to surprise them garden plants, much less trees. It’s kind of like surprising your next store neighbors with a new pet. Most gardeners put a lot of thought into where they place their plants and they prepare for it ahead of time. For complexity on a scale of one to ten getting some herbs that you could keep in a pot for a long time would probably be a one. If someone gave me a potted mint plant that would probably be pretty cool. On the same scale an apple tree is probably an eleven. Trees in general require a lot of thought, and apple trees require more thought than the vast majority of trees.

So I thought about it quickly and I dug two holes and placed them in the holes for a week and then I filled the holes in. I watered them heavily for the first couple of days and then I slowly gave them less and less until at the end of a month they weren’t being watered unless it was super dry. I kept the Kudzu off of them and that was about it.

This weeks they started blooming and they are beautiful.