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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

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:

What’s Growing?

The cool season is finally here, and here’s whats growing in my square foot raised bed garden..


You can go through these photos for a garden tour:


Hello Autumn!

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Gardening Snapshots

Kale

 

basil

Cosmic purple carrotsMustard greens

 

 

making new compost

Organic gardening supplies

True Value is a good place to find organic gardening supplies, I like to shop at the one in Alrai near the Infiniti Showroom.

Here is a nice touch they’ve added at the soils section:


I think its a great way to encourage people to grow herbs. Well done True Value!

Plant foods and soil additives

Aphids!

Uh oh! I’ve got aphids!

Aphids on my coriander

Aphids feed on most fruit and vegetable plants, they reproduce like there’s no tomorrow. Both adults and nymphs suck plant sap, which usually causes distorted leaves, buds, branch tips, and flowers. Severely infested leaves and flowers may drop.
As they feed, aphids excrete a sweet, sticky honeydew onto the leaves below. Also, some aphids spread viruses as they feed.
 Aphids are bad news, and if you find just one in your garden, you should act right away. Look under the leaves to find them.

What I use

Im using organic insecticidal soap (orange bottle). I have the blue bottle incase of extreme infestations that can lead me to pull out the plants like I did with my zucchinis.
Organic damage control

  • Drench plants with strong sprays of water from a garden hose to kill aphids. (A hard rainstorm will have the same effect.)
  • Keep your plants as healthy as possible.
  • Control ants that guard aphid colonies.
  • Spray aphids with insecticidal soap.Both bottles can be found in True Value

Beets

beet root

I picked them too early. I had to make space for the big ones to grow, I should’ve thinned them out properly from the beginning.

Container Garden

You can grow anything in containers, its the soil quality that will determine the strength of the plants. I found that the plants in my small containers are doing better than those in my big boxes, this is because I put my own homemade compost in them.

Beet root

Here is a closer look :

Beautiful beet root ready for harvesting

 

Mustard and Lettuce

Parsley and Mustard

 

Basil and Chard

You can mix and match your favorite leafy greens and herbs, you can forget about the spacing rules like I have here, because we have a short winter, I won’t wait for the plants to reach their full size to harvest, instead I will harvest individual leaves. This has been working really well. The plants don’t mind being crammed in a small space.

Tomato

This vigorously growing tomato plant was grown from cutting, meaning I inserted a pruned stem from another plant into the container, and watered it until it developed its own root system. Its growing exceptionally well, I didn’t even get to stake it yet, and its sprawling on the wall and on the ground.
Seeing my container plants’ progress and success in my homemade compost encourages me to make as much as I can for my future plantings.

My soil components are again 1/3 homemade compost + 1/3 peat moss + 1/3 perlite

You can place the containers anywhere that’s in full sun, and enjoy the fresh vegetables all season!

My Black & White Zucchinis

Here’s what I did with my two freshly picked organic zucchinis!
The two zucchinis were sliced into coins and sauteed in a single pan with garlic, toasted almonds, green onions, and parmesan cheese.

Black Beauty & Bianca Zucchini

This recipe really brings out the true flavor of the vegetable, you can do a million things with zucchinis, it always tastes great!
It took really little effort for me to get this fresh, organic, and delicious food on my plate, and you can do it too.

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