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

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Vegetable Garden May 17, 2010

It took some time (a helluva lot of time), spray paint and dirt moving, but all of my vegetables are now planted in their permanent homes.  Some of the plants have been showing some signs of stress lately due to needing to be planted, but all in all they all have fared well and they seem to like their final homes.  Except for my Golden Midget watermelons.  The two survivors tried their damnedest to hold on, but they just didn’t make it.  My cucumbers are looking a little frail currently, and I lost a couple of plants due to the late frost that we had about a month ago.  And some of the plants did sustain damage to some leaves, but otherwise look healthy.

My gandules and Puerto Rican veggies indoors passing through the windy ass storm. In May. The weather has been so strange this season.

The culantro. Which my Lita calls "hijo de puta" due to their amazing ability to just all of the sudden die. They are being carefully babysat still in their Jiffy pots.

In an effort to be water efficient and able to leave for a week during the summer (and not have everything die), I installed drip irrigation throughout the vegetable garden.  It was a fun, relatively simple process, but it really deserves its own post.

The romanesco thriving.

In a day or two I plan on starting my succession plantings and following up every couple of weeks with another one (mostly carrots and beans).  This way I can have a continuous supply of these veggies throughout the summer and fall.  I don’t have to succession plant my tomatoes, peppers or eggplants, because most of the varieties that I planted are indeterminate, so they will continue to grow and produce throughout the season until the first frost.

The first melon blossom on the "Haogen" variety.

The awesome foliage of "Moon & Stars, Van Doren strain" of watermelon. Notice the numerous "Stars", I couldn't find any large "Moon" splotches though.

I’m really going to try to keep better track of the veggies in the coming weeks- but I have been so busy lately with work, the garden and house stuff that it has been next to impossible.

Hella zucchini squash blossoms!

17 varieties of tomatoes! Went just a little "Mater Crazy"

I will leave you with what will be a weekly picture from my patio:

May 17, 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: