Archive | April, 2011

Bummer. Out, Damn’d Bacterial Spot! Out, I Say!

26 Apr

Unripe tropic prince peach

My poor peach trees have Bacterial Spot and I guess there’s not much I can do about it now besides watching the leaves drop. So I had to remove some fruit to lower stress on the tree. I took off some smaller ones. Weep weep

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Today’s Harvest

26 Apr

Finally harvested a large handful of radish pods. I have been nibbling them off the plants for a week or so. They are tasty. Taste just like radish but less spicy.

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Radish pods on overgrown cherry belle radish

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Radish Pod harvest 2011

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Also harvested another handful of ripe strawberries. These were smaller than the first batch from the same plants. Here are the first ones!

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Can’t buy these in the store!

The onion is the first one I pulled out. The neck was soft and the top fell over so I figured there was no point leaving it in the ground. Pretty impressed it is even this big as there were very few leaves on it. Apparently the number of leaves dictate the number of layers in the onion. My onions are from sets. The sets were about the size of garlic cloves so I did gain some net onion 🙂

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Homegrown onion

Peaches coming along but what’s going on with the leaves?

26 Apr

My peaches are slowly getting bigger. The Tropic Beauty are noticeably bigger than the Tropic Prince Peaches. I think I should have thinned a little more on the tropic Prince tree but I can’t bare to do it now!

What’s up with the brown spots on my leaves? Makes me sad! Everyday it is dropping a few more leaves. Fruit looks unharmed but can’t be good for the plant to lose leaves!

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tropic Prince peach in Container. Baterial Spot

This is the Tropic Prince Peach. Its a funny looking tree as it’s basically one grafted branch!

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Oh my look at those sad leaves. 😦

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Fruit looks good though!

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Tropic Beauty Peach tree in container

This one is the Tropic Beauty Peach. Don’t know if you can tell these fruit are a little bigger. Less brown spots on my this plant. I’m pretty happy by $10 Home Depot trees have made it this far. Let’s hope those fruit ripen and are edible soon. Currently they are hard as rocks! I keep thinking they are ripe as they’re all blushing and beautifully coloured.

Blanching Cauliflower

24 Apr

I was wondering when to harvest my cauliflower as the little heads are getting bigger – about 2-3 inches across. After a bit of googling, I found out I was supposed to blanch them when they reached 2-3 inches across – How convenient!  Then to harvest a week or two after blanching.

So here are my blanching cauliflowers. Not sure if I’m doing the right thing so any advise would be gladly received! Just post a comment 🙂

This is my first time growing cauliflower. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the plants are producing heads yet are still quite small compared to the Romanesco Broccoli which is supposedly is actually a cauliflower and not a broccoli. The whole plant is about a foot and half across.

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Blanching Cauliflower. I used sewing thread and tied up the inner leaves that would cover the little head inside

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Here is a pic of the one of the ones growing in pots.

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Container Cauliflower

The plant is not as big and there isn’t a head developing yet. All these plant are the same age but there some other stuff sharing the pot with the cauliflower. I have a habit of buying more stuff than I have space for so it ends up like this. I wish I had a giant garden!

Unruly Asparagus forest in a pot!

24 Apr

So it’s a sunny Sunday which typically means I go check on all my green babies to see what improvements I can make and what I can move around and repot etc

I noticed asparagus is getting kind of wild. The pot is outside my door and taking up half the walkway so I try to keep the ferns pushed back. The pot is only about 17 inched across and 14 inches deep. I finally measured it.

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I tried using garden ties to neaten it all up but it really is uncontrollable as some are thicker and want to grow straight up and others want to flop over.
So I’m just going to let is be!

Check out these close ups of the new baby asparagus popping up. These are Mary Washington’s, I don’t remember seeing a purple tinge last year but some of them this year slightly purple.

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There were six plants in there but one was laying dormant for too long while all the other crowns were doing so well. So I decided he was dead. I stuck my hand in the dirt to reach for him and just pulled the crown out. Instead of discarding it, I buried it in another giant plastic container where my blackberries are growing and it finally started growing again!

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I’m not really sure if they will make good companion plants but I am very short of space so hope it works out. I bought the blackberry as a bareroot a few months ago from a local San Diego garden store and it seems to be doing well. This container is huge storage box from Target. I drilled holes underneath of course 🙂 There is also 1 bareroot strawberry growing in there too. I bought two packets of bareroot strawberries from Home Depot – obviously I’m not very good with planting those as I only got one plant from 20 crowns!

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Other Container plants update :) Fruits and Veggies

20 Apr

Busy life means I only have time to post all my pictures. Enjoy!

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Tiny Tim Tomatoes – Vigorous Growth Photos

20 Apr

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These plants are so cute, I started a few more seeds so I’ll get a bunch of them to give away.these babies –

Having a major problem with whiteflies on these babies, for some reason they love these tiny tims…Have been spraying diligently with Neem every few days. hopefully will stop them getting out of hand. Seems to control temporarily.