Vegetable Garden August 4, 2010

Wow.  It has been two months since my last garden post.  So much has grown!  We have lots of ground to cover, so let’s get you up to date…

These are my Ajicitos. One of two Puerto Rican peppers that I am growing. They are not spicy, even though they look like Scotch Bonnets.

Speckled Roman tomato. Absolutely beautiful

Cubanelle pepper. The other Puerto Rican pepper. This plant is LOVING Sacramento and is loaded with peppers. Can't wait until they turn red!

This strain of tomato is named "Copia" after the famed Wine and Food Center in Napa that was started by Robert Mondavi and Julia Child. If you did not get to visit it, you truly missed out on something amazing. Hopefully this tomato captures the elegance and love of food and wine that the center did before it closed.

The famed “San Marzano” tomatoes. Any foodies’ mouth should be watering right now. Though they are not quite AS tasty as the ones grown in Italy, I can attest to their quality when grown in the States.

Green Zebra strain. These turn a soft yellow, and keep their green stripes when completely ripe.

Melons, melons, everywhere. The vines have gone crazy! Even though the melons are rather small (Which is okay, since Whitney doesn't eat melon) there are many of them. And this section of the garden is starting to have that musky, sweet scent of melons. I can't wait!

Van Duren, Moon and Stars strain of watermelon. Notice the large "moon" splotch and many smaller "stars". This would be a great seller at Farmer's Market.

These eggplants are beautiful. They are called "Listada de Gandia" from Italy. Even though I have not eaten these from my garden (A couple of days more before the first ones are ripe) I have bought them from farmer's market and they have a remarkably silky flesh and really thin skin. Delicious!

A sea of peppers. The peppers are doing very well this year. Last year, the plants sort of grew and then didn't fruit. These are loaded with peppers, all waiting to turn a nice, yummy red.

Vegetable Garden 08/04/2010.

So that’s how my garden is doing, how is yours?

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Vegetable Garden June 8, 2010

Finally the strange weather has stopped and it is finally heating up in Sacramento!  For the last several days we have had our normal 90°+ temperatures.  Because of that, the garden is starting to really wake up and grow.  The tomatoes are really growing, but I am behind as some friends already have green tomatoes on their plants.  But at least mine have started to flower!  Partially my fault for waiting so long to finally transplant, and partially this crappy weather’s fault with not deciding to stick with a season.  What will it be Mother Nature?  Winter, Spring or Summer?!  Devious little hooker.  Quit messing with me.

Well here are some pics of what is happening around here…

The melons really starting to vine out

The first tomato blossoms of the season

The tomatillo plant is doing very well, with lots of blossoms

The raised bed with the eggplants and peppers loving the heat

One of Whitney's flower beds started from seed. Looks promising.

Vegetable garden, June 8, 2010

Vegetable Garden

So I have been thinking of how I should share and document the process of my vegetable garden this year.  I am going all out and there will be a lot of info.  I decided in order to keep my sanity that I am going to post at least weekly about what is going on…  So here we go.

We are now into Day 25.  I started everything from seeds or cuttings this year and it has been working out very well.  I purchased a massive quantity of seeds from only two companies this year:  Seed Savers Exchange and High Mowing Seeds.  Both offer a diverse selection of heirloom, mainly organic seeds.  Seed Savers Exchange is just absolutely amazing with their selection and history and they are a mainstay in the seed world.  High Mowing Seeds (HMS) came as a referral through a pretty strange avenue.  Emeril Lagasse has had a show on Fine Living Network about “green and sustainable businesses” and HMS was showcased.  I really liked what the owner had to say and how they had their whole set up, so I got some info and ordered from them.

I am growing a huge assortment of vegetables this year.  My main goal is grow enough vegetables so that Whitney and I don’t have to buy our food from farmer’s market except the stuff I can’t grow or raise (mushrooms, chickens for eating, pork) for most of the year.  And then I kept adding more stuff until I came to the hope that I can sell or trade the surplus this year.  A quick, but not all-inclusive list:

  • Tomatoes (17 different varieties)
  • Melons (11 different varieties)
  • Peppers (7 different varieties)
  • Squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplants
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Beans
  • Okra
  • Puerto Rican vegetables (Culantro [a.k.a. Recao], Gandules, Aji Dulce, Cubanelle, Callaloo)

Well I think that is enough info for now… Time for some pics: