Archive | May, 2012
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Fresh homegrown peaches everyday.

10 May

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I love picking a few ripe peaches everyday before work/school. Uploading pix as a record of how much I get. I guess I can count them… Or post pics of every harvest 🙂

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Harvest Monday

7 May

Pulled up almost all my carrots. They’re getting stringy roots off the main carrot so probably means its done growing. something quite satisfying a out pulling up carrots, you never know how big it will be and what shape!

The yellows and oranges are easy to grow. The reds are tougher. Although all my seeds are a couple of years old.

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So colourful!

And I had to harvest all my mustard greens as they were beginning to flower. So many leaves! I washed and chopped them up and stirfried them with olive oil, garlic and salt. Simple. Added a bit oyster sauce for extra flavour.

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Another handful of tropic prince bland peaches and my first homegrown artichokes! Will write a separate entry for those 🙂

Here’s the bigger and tastier tropic beauty peaches.

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Tropic Beauty peaches.

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Are these “wild” artichokes?

7 May

These are the artichokes growing next to the sidewalk on my walk to school.

No one is harvesting them so I guess I’ll be able to watch them flower 🙂

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Some more by the tree.

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Tasty Tropic Beauty peaches

7 May

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These taste SO good. They’re bigger and tastier than the Tropic Prince peaches this year. Last year was the reverse. Yum!

Miracle Fruit. Mini plant

5 May

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Not sure if I have ever written about this plant. I bought it last year as a “ready to fruit” bonsai miracle fruit plant. Perhaps it was roots or grafted, I’m not sure. I bought it on eBay so who knows 😉

Anyway, it has literally done NOTHING in the six months I’ve had it. I followed the instructions and left it in its pot until some visible growth was seen. I saw none. In fact, it lost a few leaves.

So I decided to finally repot it as one tiny root was poking out of the bottom and as the instructions stated, when this happens I can repot. I left it a bit longer as it looked the same for at least two months. Not getting longer or noticeably growing.

So within a week of repotting, I definitely see new leaves growing!

Finally some noticeable action!

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Yep, that’s it. Tiny reddish new leaves in the center of the leaf axial. Perhaps it’s just the time of year for new growth or maybe it was fresh soil and a new pot. What ever it is, I’m very happy!

These are acid loving plants so I added some organic soil acidifier. I believe it is just some sort of a slow release copper mixture.

Flowering Pineapple Guava

4 May

Flower buds are swelling and you can see a bit of colour! So exciting!

Photo from a April 30th

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Photo from May 3rd

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Photo from today, May 5th. Just updated!

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Nitrogen fixing Fava beans.

4 May

I decided to harvest all my Fava beans as the plants were getting unruly. When I pulled them out of the soil, I found all these bumps on the roots. “Ugh” I thought. What kinda disease is this? Root knot? Fungus? Bacterial?

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So I placed it in the trash pile and considered keeping some of the healthier greens to mix back into the soil as I heard that beans are “nitrogen fixing”. Hmmm, what does this mean anyway? So I googled fava beans nitrogen fixing and found this site about nitrogen fixing nodules

I was so happy to discover those bumpy roots are supposed to be there and those were actually the functional part of the nitrogen fixation. So glad I didn’t read about it after I threw them out.

Here’s are my nodules, fava beans and shells. Harvest is kinda small but It’s is only from a six pack of plants. And it appears I harvested some a little early as the size of beans vary quite a lot. The shells were so thick and healthy. Seems like suck a waste to throw them out so I mixed it back into the soil too.

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