Archive for May, 2008

Flowers Started from Seed are blooming: A Flower Garden Update

I have a blooming sunflower. There are 4-5 more blooms on my other sunflowers too. It is truly summer when sunflowers come in. Sunflower seeds have to be the easiest seed to plant. One their seeds are huge and they germinate quickly. I hope to one day show my children my passion for garden and maybe I’ll start with growing sunflower seeds with them.  

My First Sunflower 87 days 05-27-08

Sunflower blooms 87 days 05-27-08

I also have some nasturtiums blooming as well. I love the look of nasturtiums and couldn’t wait to have some in my garden. My in-laws’ neighbor has a bed of nasturtiums that never seem to die back and are always blooming these gorgeous yellow and orange flowers. Now I have my very own nasturtium flower. Hopefully, they’ll seed and I can have more for years to come.

Nasturtium Flower 84 days 05-27-08

Here are some other pictures of blooming flowers I have growing.

Hydrangea Flowers

 Impatiens and Coleus

 Mums

 Petunias

 Butterfly Orchid Flowers 87 days 05-06-08

 Snapdragons 113 days 05-27-08

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Vegetable (from seed) Gardening: A Garden Update

Most of my vegetables I started are setting and growing nicely. I have tiny blooms on my pepper plants. My bell pepper plant that I still have in a pot has a tiny little bell pepper. This year I’m growing a variety of peppers: California wonder, fish pepper, numex big jim, thai hots, kung pao peppers, and jalapeno. An observation I’ve made with peppers is that they take soooo long to grow. I mean it’s taken 122 days for them to flower.

For the past 3 weeks, I’ve had fruits develop on all my tomato plants. I have one ladybug hybrid tomato just turning a blush pink. I bet in a week or two, it’ll be ready to eat. I have tons of tomatoes planted this year as well! Varieties include: supersweet, ladybuy hybrid, jelly bean, tiny tim, red currant, gardener’s delight, marglobe, roma, black cherry, and fireball tomatoes.

One of my favorite garden chores lately has been pinching! I’ve been pinching everything from basil to coleus to mint! Pinching allows the plants to get bushier and fuller instead of tall and spindly. It’s great for basil since you will get more production from basils that are bushy then tall ones. Here are some results of my pinching.

 

Jelly Bean tomatoes 117 days 05-27-08

Tiny Tim tomatoes 117 days 05-27-08

Roma Tomatoes 117 days 05-27-08

Red and Gold Currant Tomatoes 117 days 05-27-08

One of my favorite garden chores lately has been pinching! I’ve been pinching everything from basil to coleus to mint! Pinching allows the plants to get bushier and fuller instead of tall and spindly. It’s great for basil since you will get more production from basils that are bushy then tall ones. Here are some results of my pinching.

Lemon Basil 93 days 05-27-08

Mix of Sweet Basil and Large Leaf Basil Plants 93 days 05-27-08

The only vegetable that have not produced any fruit has been my zucchini and squash plants. They’ve done very well at producing male flowers but no female flowers just yet. I hope they come soon! I can’t wait to have zucchini for our summer dinners. Well, that’s all folks. Stay tune for an update on my flower seeds that I planted this winter! And as always, happy gardening!

 

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Collecting Bok Choi Seeds

My bok choi seeds are ready to collect! It has taken 158 days from seed to get to seed. There were tons of seeds. I think each pod had around 10-15 seeds each. I’ll have tons of bok choi plants in the future! Yippee. I think the hot and dry weather has helped to get the seeds to mature. Now, I’m waiting on the radish seeds to mature. I have around 18 days until we moved to our new house so hopefully, I’ll have radish seeds to collect.

The other day, I harvested a head of bibb lettuce. I really like the taste of this. It is so yummy and buttery. I had it in a salad with some cucumbers and a touch of ranch dressing. And just for fun, I decided to take a picture of the root ball to document how deep the root ball can get.

Bibb Lettuce 145 days 05-15-08

I also cut some green onions from our endless harvest. I have ignored onion seeds in favor of planting the little nubs of green onions you get at the grocery store. They are so easy to plant. Buy a bunch of onions from the grocery store, use the greens, keep the white parts and plant the white parts in the soil. Soon, you won’t have to buy any more onions. For more information, click on my post detailing green onion propagation. Well, I guess that’s all for now. I have more packing to do! And as always, happy gardening!
 

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A Veggie Garden Update 05-21-08

I know I haven’t updated in awhile but we’ve been completely busy. We actually have some good news: we’re going to be home owners. We’re in escrow and so excited about the possibilities of being a homeowner. we can’t believe it!!! Here’s a picture of our new garden area:

Garden View A

Garden View B

So, my garden has experienced a lot of thinning due to us moving in only a short 20 days. I am just hoping I can get some ripe tomatoes by then so I can save seeds. This year, I am growing a variety of tomatoes that I wanted to collect seeds. Tomatoes that I’m not taking with me include: black cherry, red and gold, and fireball tomato. Those already have little green fruits on them so I can hopefully get them to ripe so I can get seeds from them. Luckily, I had a feeling that we would buy a house before summer’s end so I put most of my plants in pots. I still have tons of Swiss chard plants ready to be harvested and cooked. I cook my swiss chard simply with some olive oil, lemon, and garlic.

Swiss Chard 118 days 04-17-08

Let’s see…it looks like everything is growing nicely except when we had a couple of days that were in the 100s. During this time, a lot of my plants got completely sunburnt. My mint had burnt leaves and so did my tomatoes. Poor things didn’t know it was going to be so hot. I’ve also had some problems with scale. I just spray them with my organic pesticide I made. It only takes a day before they’re dead! All my herbs are coming along. The tomatoes are blooming and fruiting nicely. I also noticed I have some peppers that are blooming. I’m keeping them in individual pots so I can plant them in our new place.

The hydrangeas are blooming. They’re blooming a gorgeous pale pink. When I first got this plant from my husband, it was purple and now it’s pink. I guess the fertilizer I use changed the blooms to pink. I’ve heard acidity levels can affect blooms. Well, I guess that’s all for now. I promise to to try to update more. Happy gardening everyone.

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Garden Update 05-03-08

Fennel 68 days (click to enlarge)

Here’s a fennel plant I grew from seed. I don’t plan on using it in our culinary adventures. Instead, I want to collect seeds for next year from this little guy. I’ll of course pot it up when its time but it looks like it is doing well in its current situation.

I tried to transplant my radish plants that were flowering this past week and was unsuccessful. I guess radishes or any root veggies don’t move well. I wanted to move it to a different location so my lettuce would be able to get some sun but they suffered as a result of the move. I ended up taking them out and throwing them away. Oh well, there will be more time for me to collect radish seeds. Right now, I’ll be able to collect some bok choy seeds this season. I also noticed my roquette and lettuce plants are beginning to bolt so I’ll let them do their thing so I can collect their seeds.

Today, I pulled up two lettuce heads for a bbq tonight. We’re bringing a salad and garlic bread for the bbq and I thought I would bring my own grown lettuce to the party. I washed it really well and spinned dried it in our salad spinner. I plan on slicing some radishes and cucumbers and adding that to the salad. I also have cherry tomatoes to add. Everything except the cucumbers and tomatoes are grown from my own garden. I’m proud. I think that’ll be a great side dish! I hope.

Gardener’s Delight Tomato at 83 days

The tomatoes are growing like crazy! I’ve been stringing them to their stakes but it seems like I have to do it every week. I’ve seen flowers on all my tomato plants. I hope to have little tomatoes soon. Here’s hoping in the next couple of months

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