Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I'm growing things I can eat!

Sorry I have not been blogging too much recently, but With school and finals in the summer its been kinda crazy. But I'm making a come back!
As time goes on the garden starts to produce food. This makes me happy! The food grown from the garden generally tastes better then stuff from the store, and it is cheaper too! And thus far I have a small harvest of stuff other then chard!
I have me some Green Beans! they have a wonderful snap to them when bitten!
Then I have a a bunch of cucumbers, all the right size for pickling! But That is for another day.

Then You can see the green beans have out grown the cage, and actually toppled the cage over . Now it's leaning on the cucumber cage. Silly plants! I gotta get some wooden stakes to anchor it down!
Then I have a bunch of blueberries growing! They are so sweet! yummy.

Then something that is taking longer then I had hoped it would. The tomato plants! they are doing well, but still smaller then I had hoped, and not producing tomatoes yet. There are about 20 on all four of the plants, but they are still very small and green. I'm thinking I got too late of a start with these guys.
But here is all that I got . from last week! A WHOLE BUNCH of oregano, 4 crook neck squash (the yellow things) , 5 Cucumbers, about 15 green beans, and a small handful of blueberries! 
The blueberries were my favorite of the whole harvest. Mostly because they are tasty, small and easy to eat. No prep work, and they are super healthy for you too! I think the soil PH is still too high , gotta lower it for the blueberries to really love the soil and produce!
 But this is about all the tomatoes I have grown. There are a few more just like this one, but they are all still green, and rather small. They could easily fit in a 1 Cup Measuring cup. still too small, but gotta go with what you got!
Then as usual, there is a butt load of chard as well, I did not include this in the main pic up above because it would dominate the picture. Oh and say hello to KUNKUN ! so cute!

OK! thanks for reading about my garden! come back soon ! I'll have more fruits of my labor to show off!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

SunFlowers, how tall will they get?

About the only thing that has made an significant change is the sun flowers At my sisters House have gotten really really big. about 4 of them are close to 6 FT tall. Its getting crazy big over there! That makes me very happy, it shows the soil is quite fertile.
Although, at this point I'm just waiting. Waiting for the tomatoes to turn red, waiting for the cantaloupe to get bigger then a baseball, waiting for the peppers to grow. AND Waiting for the herbs to get more green and leafy.
The cages in the background are just over 8FT tall, so you can  compare the sunflowers in front to the cages in the back and you can see that they are getting really big. I believe they have a 55-65 days of growth before flowering. Just to make sure the root system is in order, and the plant has grown as tall as possible before it sends out its big flower.

 This is the center of the sunflower, where it will pop out the flower. These Particular sunflowers are supposed to procure edible flowers. This will make me happy because I love to eat those things. Very yummy! I Just have to figure out how to harvest them.
I wonder If I should add a flavor to the sunflowers before eating them? or just use salt. not sure. Maybe do half and half.
Then the Pepper plants at my sisters house are doing very well. I think it is because the timer to the soaker hose was turned off and the hose was moved to water the front lawn. I need to get my sister a third hose so it can be used only for watering the garden. haha
Thank you everybody who has read this. Come back soon, I'm sure I will soon have great fruits to show off!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Volunteer Pepper Plant.

At my grand fathers house I limited the number of plants I put in the ground at the start of the season to allow them all to get really big.
That means I did not plant a pepper plant into the ground. With this in mind I'm wondering why there is a Pepper Plant growing in the garden. haha. The picture above and below show the same pepper plant. I do not know if it is a Red pepper, a Jalapeno or what, but I plan on finding out once it starts to flower!

Then I planted a bunch of Sun Flower seeds here to get some beez in there. Because you know, bees are about the only source of pollination. With out beez your plants would probably not bear fruit! These sunflowers are about 7 inches tall. Gettting pretty big. Cant wait to see the flower.

Then I got bored at my house, so I got a Earth box and put in a tomatoe plant, basil and one piece of chard. We will see if I get any fancy stuff from this box! wish me luck!
KK! Thanks for the reads guys! come back soon!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Work In Progress: Green Beans Getting huge!

Green Bean plant! Getting huge! it's over 9000!

This here is my green bean plant! It has all but taken over the huge 8 FT cage I placed it in! I do like this plant because It climbs seemingly anything you put in its path!. It just reaches out its tentecles and grasps on firmly to whatever it can reach!

This is what the tentecle, as I call it, looks like. See the wire, well the light green stringy things is what I'm refering to. It starts out as long and only silightly curved much like the shape of a cresent. Then it slowly curves even fruther till it finds something to grab. Once the plant senses it has something it reduces the amount of moisture in the tentecle and it starts to curl and wrap itself around the object.

This is another picture, a little less fuzzy, of the same thing.
If I had left my finger there for about 2 hours it would have firmly wrapped itself around my finger! but this is mostly to show the size of the plant!


This is the bud that forms on the green bean plant which will slowly turn to the Bean.

This is the green bean itself. There are already about 12 on the plant. I can't wait to try one. I bet it will be so crunchy good!

OK! thanks everbody for the reads!