Archive | January, 2011

Home Depot Tree update. Flowering Tropic Beauty Peach

21 Jan

My $10 Tropic beauty peach tree started budding earlier in January and by the14th of Jan, they were bursting to open. I was out of town for a week and when I returned, a bunch of very pretty little flowers adorned my branches.  Check it out!

I’m a skeptical whether these skinny branches will hold fruit but we will see. It seems to be doing quite well growing in a container since I have only had it for under six months. When I bought it from Home Depot, it was in a skinny narrow 1 gallon pot. I read that you can remove all the old leaves to trigger more blooming – I will do that when these little blossoms drop. There are only a dozen or so leaves left on the end of the branches.

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Winci’s Winter Garden Updates

6 Jan

Just discovered how to do slideshows. Much more efficient with space when I have so many pictures.

Currently, this is what is happening in my garden including updates on container Asparagus, winter tomatoes, funny looking Romanesco Broccoli heads, sprouting broccoli (Italian; broccoli di cicco) growing in container, ginger, and other bits.

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Home Depot Tree update. Tango Mandarin

6 Jan

Nov 2010. Tango Mandarin

Jan 2011. Tango Mandarin home depot grafted tree., Not much has changed!

Mandarins: I lost some of the new growth to those pesky Citrus leaf miners. Lucky it didn’t spread to my other trees. I sprayed it with Spinosad which did the trick. The paler green leaves are the newer leaves. Not very exciting, can’t imagine getting fruit on this tree but I’ve only had it for 3 months! More patience required ­čÖé

Home Depot tree update. Tropic Beauty Peach

6 Jan

My Tropic Beauty peach tree is still alive and doing well. I bought it for $10 from home Depot back in November 2010. So I’ve had it for three months. Its started dropping leaves which is normal in the winter months as the days get shorted and cooler. Here in San Diego the daytime highs are 60’s (F) and lows around the 40’s. Some leaves were probably loss due to the winter blustery storms we’ve had here in the past couple of weeks. I need to read more about the low chill varieties of peaches as I vaguely remember reading they need to drop all there leaves so they go through a stage of dormancy. Anyway, here are the pics from Nov and now. All the buds are bigger, I hope they all turn into beautiful blossoms then tasty peaches next year.

Nov 2010 - Millions of peaches.... My Tropic Beauty Peach. only $10 bucks from Home Depot!

Jan 2011 Tropic Beauty Peach tree. Lost a few more leaves since I took this photo. Little buds growing along each branch. i hope they all turn into tasty peaches.

TROPIC Beauty Peach Blossoms!

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Romanesco Broccoli Heads. Harvest time

3 Jan

This didn’t end up looking like a fractal broccoli -Looks like a strange looking homegrown vegetable of some sort. I can report it taste fantastic roasted with a bit of cheese, olive oil and salt. Simple and tasty.

Dec 17th 2010. Romanesco broccoli. This plant was a BEAST. Took up so much space. A couple of weeks before harvesting today.

Romanesco broccoli growing - whole head on plant. dec 17th 2010

Romanesco heads are a little over mature as it’s pretty loose but I’m glad I got a pretty big head of Broccoli as this plant kept getting bigger and bigger. I was getting quite worried it wasn’t going to produce a head as there isn’t that much information out there. A lot of people seem to pull out the plant before allowing it to head. Let me tell you, be patient! I believe all of my plants are heading now. Just when you think they’re not going to produce anything edible, take a little peek and little beautiful heads are hidden in the center of the beastly plant.

Nov 22nd 2010. This is the plant I harvested from today (Jan 2011), it was just starting to head in this picture. This Romanesco broccoli plant is as big as the Birds of Paradise behind it.

Romanesco broccoli starting to head Nov 22nd 2010.

Dec 17th 2010. Romanesco broccoli. There are three plants here, one giant one in the front that is literally as big as my car - but no head yet on the big one, the little ones behind have just starting heading now (Jan 2011)

Romanesco broccoli top view

Romanesco broccoli harvest - whole head side view - Jan 2nd 2011

its this big!

Romanesco broccoli looks like little stalks of broccoli when cut open

The main stalk had a pretty sweet flavour – more like Cauliflower. The thinner stalks were more like broccoli and more fibrous. I can’t seem to work out how long these plants have been growing but definitely for at least 7 months. Probably more like 8-9 months before it started heading. I doubt if it is possible to grow this in a container as it is such a ginormous plant. Perhaps you may get small heads with smaller plants.

The plants are pretty easy to maintain, just need to watch out for caterpillars (like all cabbage family plants). I can’t say I did anything special to encourage heading – it just started to produce heads as soon the weather cooled down here in San Diego.

I would like to grow this again as I luckily got a giant sized head but as it does take up a lot of space, I will probably put it somewhere more inconspicuous. Highly recommend trying to grow this. I got my organic seeds on eBay.