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the WHOPPER 7/18/07
Category: Garden @ ECO | Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:42 pm
i had to take some pictures of this tomatoes before i eat it all up!! i hope i was able to show the scale of the size of this tomato... 1 pound 7 ounces
biggest tomato I have ever grown.
ok so maybe this was a little over kill with the pictures and all.. but hey its awesome and i am hungry!!!
and you're jealous!!
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over due update
Category: Garden @ ECO | Posted: Wed Jul 18, 2007 7:25 pm
well now that sumer has hot full on. I guess a lot has changed. I have mowed and tilled the spring section of garden and planted a cover crop of cow peas and millet to suppress weeds and provide organic matter for the soil. i will then plant that in late AUG for fall lettuces and brussels sprouts and a couple other things.
here are some pictures from current gardening time
i am collecting seed from my spring lettuces this picture shows my butter head lettuces with flowers.
these next two shots are of tomatillos. my first venture with these, the plants are huge and covered with fruit.. very prolific and can't wait to make green salsa.
ohh yeah before i forget... the giant pumpkin project i blogged earlier..... dead!! they all died.. i have tried pumpkins twice here and both years they never made it... ohh well we try and try again....
until next time!!!! happy gardening
here are a couple shots of sunflowers i planted
tomatoes and the related troubles...
DR neal variety. this one yielded me a whopper!! 1 pound 7 ounce fruit...
the tomato patch
san marzanos..huge paste tomatoes... marinara here i come
its not all fun and games i got hit with a case of tomatoe spotted wilt virus. according to folks an insect transmits this disease and it has no cure..
here is what the stages look like
brown , black spots, yellowing leaves
then dying limbs
then the plant goes next
ohh well i lost 5 plants... but over planted so i still have many left.
few random other shots
peppers galore again.... anaheims and Corno Di Toro
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Category: Garden @ ECO | Posted: Wed May 16, 2007 6:44 pm
as promised from yesterday i have taken some photos to address my issues in the garden this year .
first ill show you how the cauliflower is coming along, i do not think it will mature at all this year, remember i lost 20 of 24 from the late freeze this year.
some is alive but not doing anything really..
my real concern this year however has been my tomato and peppers. i start my own seeds, they are well over a month old and very small , very yellow and sickly,
as you can see the one in the foreground above it nice an the one behind is a lil droopy
tomatillos are also in bad shape
this next shot if of my remaining peppers
these too are well over a month old and not ready .
this is my mainstay for my garden to make salsa and tomato sauce, this will be a hard pill to swallow if they fail.
so my early hypothesis is that i have bad soil. i bought a cheap potting mix. DON'T do it!!! i think it may be acidic and locking up nutrients.. i watered the remaining peppers with a mix of fish emulsion (SUPER STINKY) today. to see if i can help them along. the tomatillos and tomatoes i planted at that really small size, to see if they do better in my soil which i know is at least more balanced, due to my soil report this year. i hope they kick in and do well. i am babying them so they make it in the soil that early.
now for a lighter entry, the FUN STuff
here is my giant pumpkin mound
this is one of my best raddichio plants i love watching it grow, its pretty
i have been eating out of the lettuce patch all week!!!!
here is an overview of the spring section, beets, snap peas, carrots, lettuces
here is a better look at the beets and carrots, i hope to eat some this next week or two, not really ready...just yet... patience grasshopper!!!
i planted watermelon and my second corn plating this past weekend
corn patch here, first planting 2.5 weeks old, new planting 3 days old
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the giant pumpkin initiative and other garden ventures
Category: Garden @ ECO | Posted: Mon May 14, 2007 7:27 pm
Ok I have recently been biten with the grow a giant pumpkin bug. I purchased some "Dill's Atlantic Giant" pimpkin seeds, composted two mounds, and sewed the seeds on sunday, May 13th. I will post a record of my journey as well. I have read up on growing them. I would love to hear from any of you who have tried this in the past or are currently tryingto produce one. wow how involved will this venture be? huge I suppose. but fun I'm sure. There is a wealth of information from the heavy hitters in the giant pumpkin world out there... I grow organically and have to come to terms with the fact that these behemoths cannot be produced with out chemical pesticides at the very least.... one small vine borer and no biggie pumpkin!!
On a different note, I have been posting all these success storis as of late and have a few I will enter as my recent dissapointments or rather shall I say "realities" of gardening. I'll take some photos and share soon.
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May 1st part 2
Category: Garden @ ECO | Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 7:06 pm
almost forgot to mention that on April 29th i planted my first planting of Silver queen corn, yellow wax beans and Kentucky wonder pole beans.
second planting will go in in to weeks or so last year i had 145 ears of corn in one week. trying successional planting this year to enjoy it longer.
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may 1st garden entry
Category: Garden @ ECO | Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 6:37 pm
92 degrees here today... a far cry from the freeze three weeks ago. three days in the low 20's. i lost 20 out of 24 cauliflower plants, all my gold and chiogga beets, and snap peas were slowed to a halt. the peas have recovered somewhat. Here are some early pictures.
tall type "trevisio: radicchio
i am playing around with flowers from seed. this is an early germination of sunflowers, zinnia, coreopsis, cosmos and foxglove
second planting of lettuces, broadcast direct seeded, three weeks behind others.
early tomato plants
a couple of lone rangers after the freeze ( surviving cauliflower)
two weeks it is SALAD time
my second year on the perennial herb garden
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Category: Garden @ ECO | Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 6:32 pm
Holy cow 80 degrees today!!! new photos from my garden; these are of the drip irrigation i installed the other day.
the irrigation is for the beets, carrots and snap peas i planted this last weekend.
here are some seedlings i am hardening off to plant this weekend. lettuces, radicchios and cauliflower.
well here's to spring!!!! my word for the day is GERMINATION!!!!
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Category: Garden @ ECO | Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 6:09 pm
i put 40# lime down, and 15 # all purpose organic fertilizer down yesterday and had the garden tilled in one more time. This weekend, (weather permitting) i will be direct seeding two varieties of carrots Thumbelina and Nantes. two varieties of beets, golden and Chiogga. for an experiment i will seed some salsify ( also known as oyster plant). and sugar snap peas. in a friends greenhouse i have cauliflower, 4 varieties of lettuces, which will include a galactic( red Lolla Rosa) butter head, green and red leaf varieties. i may if i have room try to plant some fennel. i also have two types of radicchio i am trying out this year for fun, they are the tall trevisio and the small round chiogga varieties.
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Orphan Orchid photos
Category: Garden @ ECO | Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 5:58 pm
here are the photos of my orphan rescued orchid that finally rewarded me with a flower this year. 3 years of TLC. looks like many more flower sites as well. hope you enjoy. If any orchid enthusiasts would care to share any tips or suggestions i am open to it.
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Category: Garden @ ECO | Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:41 pm
Orchid and friend
close up look at the detail of this flower!!
forgot my camera today..... I'll submit the pictures of my new blooming baby tomorrow!!!!
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