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Dear readers,

You might have noticed I have not been blogging so much this gardening season.. This is because I moved to Instagramming my gardening experience.. So kindly follow for my latest gardening posts

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January 19 Tour

peppers blushing

peppers blushing

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cluster hues

cluster hues

grape like

grape like

roma tomatoes

roma tomatoes

romas

romas

beefsteaks

beefsteaks

san marzanos growing through the cold

san marzanos growing through the cold

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flowering mustard which I pulled out

flowering mustard which I pulled out

I've pulled out some of the flowering collards, especially the ones cabbage loopers took over.. and planted thinned out kale seedlings, after adding my home made compost as a mulch of course.

I’ve pulled out some of the flowering collards, especially the ones cabbage loopers took over.. and planted thinned out kale seedlings, after adding my home made compost as a mulch of course.

I've pulled out some of the flowering collards, especially the ones cabbage loopers took over.. and planted thinned out kale seedlings, after adding my home made compost as a mulch of course.

I’ve pulled out some of the flowering collards, especially the ones cabbage loopers took over.. and planted thinned out kale seedlings, after adding my home made compost as a mulch of course.

the cutest sun cherries

the cutest sun cherries

pak choi is flowering

purslane pettuce

purslane pettuce

January 4 Closeups

leaf lettuce mix

leaf lettuce mix

parsley

parsley

pak choi

pak choi

roma tomato

roma tomato

beef steak

beef steak

roma tomato

roma tomato

san marzano

san marzano

roma tomato

roma tomato

lettuce

lettuce

parsley

parsley

mustard

mustard

thyme

thyme

cilantro

cilantro

dill

dill

parsley mix

parsley mix

beet leaves

beet leaves

mustard

mustard

Planted Raised Beds Available For Delivery!

With the success of my own square foot gardening raised beds, I was getting a lot of requests from readers to create raised beds for sale, so I’ve made a limited number of these beds which are made of high quality red wood and are planted with the best leafy greens to last until May.
The beds come in two sizes 1×3 ft squared and 2×4 ft squared.

    If interested, please email itallgrows@gmail.com for details.

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20 Days Later

Pruning = Harvest

The best way for a home gardener to get the best out of their leafy greens is the ‘cut and come again’ method.
This method is practiced by cutting a few of the outer leaves of each plant while leaving around 2/3 of the plant. This allows the plant to force new leaves to grow and not resort to flowering very soon. If you leave your plant for a long time without pruning (cutting) it will slow its growth down and begin to flower.

Weekly harvest

Weekly harvest

In a large enough garden, you can gather all of the pruning which will give you back more leaves in a matter of days, and turn it into a harvest. This is how I always harvest my leafy greens to get them to live longer and produce faster.

Cut and come again method

Cut and come again method for Pak Choi

Cut and come again method

Cut and come again method for Mustard
Cut and come again for Arugula

Cut and come again for Arugula

 

Just cut a few of the outer leaves, leaving the plant still strong enough to create more leaves. Never strip away your plant.

Weekly harvest

Weekly harvest

 

Snaps From The Garden

Today, the weather is beautiful with bright sunshine and a cool breeze, this weather is tomatoes’ favorite, so I’m happy to see tomatoes responding well to the sunshine after a week of cloudy, dark weather.

One of the beefsteak tomatoes has several ‘superbloom’ or ‘megabloom‘ flowers. Which is basically two or more flowers in one, giving the fruit a weird, large shape.. megablooms are the conjoined twins of tomatoes. I look forward to the freaky fruit to come.
One of the megablooms seems to think its a sunflower, its streched out and standing tall the same way, I’ve never seen anything like it.

Coming Soon!

With the success my raised beds have had last year, I decided to create better, more beginner friendly raised beds to sell to all of you readers eager to start gardening but with no idea how..

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Stay tuned for my announcement soon!

Follow The Bee

My garden is buzzing with bees thanks to my tomato and pepper flowers.
Here is a garden photo tour brought to you by this pepper crazy bee:

November 23 Photo Tour

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