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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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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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More seed starting…04-25-08

Seedlings (click to enlarge)

I can’t believe we’re in the middle of spring already. During winter, I couldn’t wait for it to come and now it’s already here. I finally realized it was spring when I was walking around our campus with a couple of my coworkers as part of an “Active for Life” program. The weather was wonderfully nice: not too warm and with a slight breeze. Our campus is wonderful. It has the best scenery and landscape. My coworker showed me that the school has rosemary growing crazy at one of our buildings. I had to make sure it was rosemary and once I picked it up and smelled it, it was definitely rosemary. She said that if I ever need it to just take a handful. It would be doing the landscapers a favor. The rosemary bushes were growing like crazy all over the place and I could “prune” some for them. It was wonderful to see herbs being used in a great way.

Today, I planted several more seeds in my attempt at succession planting this spring. I started some more

  • watermelon radishes
  • cherry belle radishes
  • romaine/cos lettuce
  • fish pepper
  • Nardello sweet pepper
  • ornamental corn
  • snapdragons-apricot
  • watermelon sugar baby (pre-germinating in a bag)
  • spinach-giant noble (pre-germinating in a bag)

Tomorrow, I plan on planting out some more seedlings I have indoors: mainly beans and some stocks, zinnia, chicory, oriental and shirley poppies, and nasturtiums. Wish me luck and as always happy gardening!

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Radishes, radishes, radishes!

I think my cherry belle radishes are ready to harvest. They’ve grown into little round bulbs a little bigger than a quarter. I really wanted to wait to harvest them when my tomatoes are ready to pick but that’s going to take awhile. I plan on giving them to my father-in-law who loves radishes. He can have this batch while I plant some more later.

I hope he won’t mind eating produce from my garden. I know some people are hesitant to eat from other people’s gardens but hey it’s food after all and at least people can trust a home-gardener’s produce since they probably don’t use a great deal of pesticides and harmful chemicals.

Have you ever met one who’d rather eat stuff from the grocery store than in their own garden? Well, now you know one. Yours truly was hesitant and weary of eating from her own garden in the beginning. Weird but true. I was just worried about the soil and what the previous owners buried in it (I had found odd accoutrements in my soil when I was adding soil). But, I realized that most farms use steer manure in their gardens and sell edibles at the grocery store, then why can’t I eat from my own, organic garden? I finally overcame this fear when one morning, I was out in my garden looking at my lettuce. I picked a piece off and dunked it in some water from a watering can and reluctantly ate it with a face that could scare you. Then, an epiphany came to me: it tasted just like lettuce! I was so excited, I picked a bunch of lettuce leaves, went inside and whipped up a bowl of salad with radishes and dressing. I ate it thinking: this came from my garden! I grew this all myself. Here’s a picture of my first harvest that I actually ate and enjoyed. I was so proud!

My first homegrown salad (click to enlarge)

 I also have some cherry belle radishes that I planted last November flowering. I’m going to allow them to flower so I can collect seeds from them in the summer. They’ve gone to a point of no return. They’re no longer any good but instead bitter and hard like a rock.

Radish flower (click to enlarge) 

My watermelon radishes are progressing. They’re slowly grudging along. I’m still fighting those darn snails but I think I’ve come up with a way to deter them: coffee! In Nature magazine, two researchers tested their belief that coffee will deter and kill snails and slugs. They suggest spraying your plants (except for lettuce since coffee may turn it yellow) and adding coffee grounds around the plants the slugs/snails like. There is something in coffee that upsets snails and slugs’ internal parts and they will avoid those plants that have caffeine on them. It doesn’t hurt to try and we have lots of coffee laying around. I’ll let you guys know how well it works or if it works at all.

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Lettuce Plants and More 04-09-08

Bibb Lettuce 98 days (click to enlarge)

Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce 98 days (click to enlarge)

Mmm…the Bibb lettuce is coming along really well. All it needs are some yummy cucumber slices and little red cherry tomatoes. I’m going to harvest these soon or else it’ll bolt. I have 4 to 5 Bibb lettuce ready to harvest and 3-4 heads of black seeded Simpson lettuce. I also have some little cherry belle radishes getting ready to harvest but I might just wait to let it grow a little longer to mellow out its peppery taste. This growing season, I’m going to try succession planting to ensure salad crops throughout the season. I have some more cucumber seedlings growing just in case the ones I planted in the ground. I also have some more Bibb lettuce seedlings growing inside on my windowsill. I forgot to sow more black seeded Simpson seeds though. I’ll start some tomorrow. Once I harvest the lettuce I planted a couple of months ago, I’ll put more lettuce seedlings in the ground. I’m surprised at how fast lettuce grows in a couple of months.

Lettuce Seedlings 21 days (click to enlarge)

Tomorrow, I’m going to plant some lime basil seeds and goji berries I got from a trade. My trade partner also surprised me with some royal burgundy bean seeds too. I’m super excited about this one since I’ve wanted to try a purple podded bean this season. I really hope they sprout. I also got some bean seeds from a friend from yougrowgirl. She gave me some trionfo violetta beans. I might wait to start bean seeds later in the season when the weather warms up considerably. I think I’ve been starting them too early and they need heat to germinate. My bean experiment isn’t over yet. I’m just postponing it. Any advice on bean seed starting? I’ve had the most terrible luck. Well, I guess that’s all for now. I’ll take more pictures of my garden tomorrow morning. Until then, happy gardening!

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