Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
The one crop we have planted, I don't think is going to grow, is the iceburg lettuce. We dropped the seed a few weeks too late, for a couple of different reasons I've already explained. It's more of a cool weather, early seedling crop, and most of this heat has been unbearable on it's early life, so we've probably baked the seed. I would be utterly shocked if they do come to maturity. But alas, I'm not really concerned, for I wasn't really growing it for my taste. I've posted before on the nutrional value or lack there of, of iceburg, and really haven't eaten it in some 5yrs. I grow it(well tried), because I know there are people who will eat it, and when the time is right, I'm down to make a buck or two.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Got home this moring after my double shift, and went to check the bed because of the heavy downpour that ran through the city. Standing on the back porch, I noticed what I thought was a color change of just a few leaves, from green to a very vibrant yellow. Of course I thought that was strange, so I moved in closer for a better view, and to my delightful surprise, I noticed what others have for the past few years been calling a delicacy, and so been wanting to try, and now soon, I shall have my fill of Squash Blossoms.
Something else that got my attention, two bees hovering around the inside of one of the flowers, moving the pollen, a vital part of that growing process, and one I plan to incorporate more fully into this diabolicle plan of mine, as I am soon to purchase a few bamboo beehives I ran across a little over a year ago, to be able to produce my own honey.
Salivating over the possibilities, I can't wait for this to come to fruition.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
I'm using this growing season as a learning experience, not for any failed planting, the vegetation looks amazing. The bed itself is not where I want it to be in size, yet, only because the yard itself is heavily covered with very thick roots, a problem I hadn't planned on before digging, mainly because the trees in my yard are so widely spaced. The time I've saved not digging, I've turned into study time. Reading everything I can on gardening how tos(open pollenation of tomatoes), to the ins and outs of starting early to extending the season... my thumb and my mind are getting greener by the minute.
Tax time is fast approaching, and before the next planting season, everything should be in order. I am in desparate need of some heavy equipment, stump and root grinders, for which I've researched a few of my local tool rental companies, a tiller which I will purchase, more than likely the Mantis, and I'll prolly go in heavy with some top soil additives, though from the looks of things, I may not have to, as I said, the vegetation is doing quite well, I believe in large part due to the addition of most of the vermipost I had on hand. I'll see where this crop takes me and with newly acquired knowledge, by this time next year(don't forget, I also moved here after the beginning of the growing season), I should have more than triple this years plants. And with plans to purchase a couple more worm bins, the stalks and leaves and the vegetation that doesn't quite make it, will make compost.