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Planted my pepper and tomato seeds today

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

So April 15th is supposed to be two weeks after the last average frost. For some reason I thought I was supposed to plant my seedlings (in my little greenhouse) six weeks before the two weeks after the last frost. I was right about the tomatoes, but the peppers were supposed to be eight weeks so I am a couple of weeks behind on the peppers.

I was thinking, I bet a lot of the instructions are designed to for planting in a traditional planting in rows. I bet you are supposed to put the seeds under a couple inches of soil to prevent birds from eating the seeds, but if the seeds are inside a safe structure maybe they don’t need to be buried.

So I read this thing about using a wood log to save water.

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

I read something called Hoogaculture or something like that. One of the ideas is that you should take a big log or something like that and bury it deep beneath where the garden is going to be. Then the log will act as a sponge and you won’t need to water as much.

The only problem is that the first year as the wood breaks down it will deplete the nitrogen in the soil.

So we going to give it a try.

This year’s gardening…

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Last year I start seeds on Feb 13th and I put the first plants in the ground on April 1st.

This year I plan to plan to start seeds on March 1st and I plan to put the first plants in the ground on April 15th.

Last year a late frost slowed my tomatoes and peppers down… big time. Basically, the late frost put the plants into a hibernation for about 20 days. So I am going to start a little later.

Also I bought a 6×6 greenhouse and put it on my deck. The deck is well protected and it got to over 90 degrees today. Last year my plants were a little retarded. I grew them under some florescent lights in my basement. When the plants got hit by natural light they got very damaged. This year I am going to grow my plants in the greenhouse and they should be a lot hardier. We’ll see.

Ground Cherries

Monday, December 27th, 2010

I can’t think of anything to blog about tonight so I will just mention that I am looking forward to growing ground cherries this year.

My understanding is that they thrive where tomatoes thrive and I have had a lot of luck with tomatoes.

The are supposed to taste like a pineapple/vanilla mix.

The garden is DONE…

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

So my garden died from the cold on Sunday.  It was a fantastic year.

The biggest success was tomatoes. This year I have taken a big liking to Romas.

The best stuff was the green peppers.

The most interesting stuff was the melons… I ended up harvesting 3 of them.

The peas were great, but they died when it got too hot.

I bush green beans were awesome… but the rabbits ate most of them :(

I hate pole beans.

The chilly peppers were hot and no one ate them.

I absolutely love sliced tomatoes on corn.

A reason roma tomatos are so popular

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

So we are in November and I haven’t had a tomato ripen on the vine in a couple of months.  At first I tried to ripen them in the window sill.  It didn’t they got all dried up.

Then I tried ripening them in the basement.  That worked, but only the Romas taste good.

Garden Report…

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

So the garden is on the decline. Most of my gardener friends are growing a fall garden. I really want to focus on two things for next Spring:
1) Make my garden more attractive and maintainable.
2) Make my garden produce a lot more calories. I am going to try lentils for calories.

What to grow…

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

It’s funny because when I started gardening one of the reason I started was because sometime I think about some kind of food shortage or something like that. Anyways I am growing tomatoes, peppers, melons, and cucumbers. Yesterday I brought in 8 tomatoes, 4 green peppers, 3 banana peppers, and 3 cucumbers. I told my daughter that what I had could be a meal for our family. Ana pointed out that a tomato has 26 calories in it. All of those vegetables combined were about 400 calories. So all of that would make up about 1/2 of a starvation diet…

I’ve put a lot of work into the garden and I was pretty disappointed that I haven’t gotten the family much closer to food independence.

I realized that I am growing luxury items and not food items. So I started looking up what things I should for calories and what I have come up with is lentils, beans, and potatoes. So next year I want to try that out. I still want to grow the stuff I am growing now, but I want to grow calorie rich food too.

Garden Report…

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

So the garden is still providing tomatoes, cucumbers, banana peppers, green peppers and there are still some melons. The heat is wilting the heck out of the plants and the insects are going to town. I think the heat is a bit much for the birds.

Thoughts for next year.

1) The number of tomatoes is good.
2) Add ground cherries for next year.
3) Double the number of cucumbers.
4) The problem with melons is that they grow so slowly that insects have an easy shot at them.
5) Double the number of bell peppers.
6) The number of banana peppers is good.

Mmmmm… Honey Dew

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

So I picked a honey dew from my garden last week and we cut into it today. I was very good. I always heard melons are hard to grow. So eating a melon I grew myself is very rewarding.