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2013 New pink lemonade blueberry – Winter greens and flowering fruit in containers – kale, Swiss Chard, flowering peach and pink blueberries

24 Nov

Peach is not flowering so much this year. Hopefully I will get some bigger peaches as there’s fewer flowers.
Swiss chard is so colorful! I grew these along with the kale from seed.

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My blueberries are flowering too. I feel like everything flowered a month early this year.

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The lighter coloured leaved blueberry is a new Pink lemonade blueberry. So curious to see how these will taste.

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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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Early May Harvest. Fava beans, turnips, peaches, mustard greens and more

4 May

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Tropic Prince Peach ripe already

4 May

My little peaches are all blushing and losing all their greeness and after giving them a light squeeze, I guess they were ready for harvest.
So soon. And so small! Luckily the stones were tiny, about the size of a marble.

Tasted just Ok. Kinda bland.

How can I make them sweeter???

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Nature gave me a very tasty giant strawberry but also took away my only Tango mandarin

28 Apr

Growing these in a long wooden box. Pleasantly surprised to find this giant hiding.

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But unfortunately, the recent April showers must’ve knocked off my last Tango mandarin. These have been growing forever. I feel like it has taken at least six months to get the this size. Bummer I found him on the floor.
The other tiny mandarins also dropped off the tree recently.

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Grape trellis looking good but no signs of grapes

13 Mar

I guess I’m not going to get any grapes this year as i believe they are supposed to be popping out of the leaf axial.

Leaves look full and healthy though and hopefully I can manage the vines to wrap around the trellis this year so it will be ready for bountiful bunches of grapes next year.

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Two headed freaky Brussels Sprouts

23 Nov

Nov 2010. These look awesome dont they? Flowery double headed brussels sprouts head!

They say Brussels Sprouts have a long growing season…And they’re not joking!

Although this double headed freak has survived some traumas. I believe he has been moved around many times – usually because I don’t realise how big he was going to get, and planted too many too close together. The other thing that happens is that I like reorganise my veggies a few times a year and most of them are pretty forgiving. I dig my hand shovel and cut a circle of dirt around the plants, pry them up, and transplant the whole block to the new location.

I’m pretty sure I started this guy from seed almost a year ago the same time as these…..

Feb 2010. Bigger Brussels Sprouts eclipsing the smaller ones that end up becoming the double headed beast

March 2010. Getting bigger....

May 13th 2010

These were harvested back in June 2010. They already had been growing for about 6 months. Plenty of time and hogging up my valuable land space! I read that you can pinch the top of the heads to make the sprouts mature sooner. So thats what I did to all my plants and it really worked which was pretty awesome.

May 26th. Brussels Sprouts maturing. You can see the head of the plant pinched off.

So after pulling out the two biggest stalks of sprouts, I left one to mature a little more.

June 2010. After about 5-6 months of growing...tada! Home grown brussels sprouts

July 2010. And then there was one...(Brussels Sprouts on the right of the picture). Small and not so healthy looking. 2010 was a strange year weather wise in San Diego. July is summer but we had cooler weather with a lot of gloomy days and fog. Romanesco on the right of the pic ­čÖé