Sunday, June 28, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Now, back to the veggies. I thought this would be a good time to assess growth. The above photo is a view of the garden today (just a little over 2 months post planting). In the front left corner butternut squash is growing strong. To it's right are cukes and zukes, moving toward the back are tomatoes and peppers, then beans and finally corn. At the base of the two empty poles are my bush beans, which I of course thought were pole beans until they didn't climb the poles. duh.
All in all things are progressing. The bell pepper plant seems small (no photo), and I'm still not seeing much action around the other cucumber plant - very few flowers and no evidence of veggie growth.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Next I planted the starts. I was too late and too chicken to start with seeds, so I bought starts at the one of the only places in town that sells organic vegetable starters. Talini's Nursery is located in Midtown Sacramento and doesn't have a website, but location and other info can be found thru a google search. It's an inviting, quaint nursery that makes you feel like pulling up a patio chair and sipping tea for the afternoon while watching the hummingbirds flit about. Really.
This photo was taken a few weeks later. I love watching the beans climb their poles - they grow noticeably day to day. So, here's the list of what's planted: corn, pole beans, bush beans, tomatoes (2 varieties), sweet red bell peppers, anaheim hot peppers (only because I mistakenly picked those up instead of a second bell pepper)....that goes back to the flying by the seat of my pants thing. Also planted are cucumbers, zucchini, butternut squash, basil, lemon thyme, rosemary, and lavender. It smells wonderful out there!
This is a view of what the garden looks like today - approximately 2 months post-planting. We've been eating the bush beans for a couple weeks, but they have not yet made it all the way to the kitchen. The kids and I eat them as soon as we pick them. Next year I will definitely plant more than the 6 plants I put in. The pole beans look beautiful and are just now starting to produce beans. We sliced the first cucumber a couple days ago and it was fabulous. The corn silks are well established and the ears are starting to feel firm - I'm very curious about how they'll turn out. The tomato plants have set plenty of fruit but our weather is just now turning hot so I expect to see even more in the days to come. One other thing I should mention, mulch. Very important especially in this summer climate because it helps the soil retain moisture and also blocks those pesky weeds. I tried something new this year....straw.....and I must say that so far I'm pleased.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
A couple years ago I started making changes in my grocery shopping and now my kitchen is about 75% organic. I love the idea of producing my own food and if I had the land I'd be talking about goats, chicken and cows too. I seem to be a city girl with a country heart.
My garden was alive with pollinators this afternoon. As I relaxed on the hammock admiring the twining tendrils of the pole beans I noticed a great big black bumble bee buzzing about....then another.....and another..... and a couple bees of the yellow and black stripe variety, so I grabbed the camera and captured a shot of this little guy. Thank you busy bees. Can you identify the plant he is visiting?