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July 25, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Romaine Update

Left to grow a bit longer, the romaine tightened up a bit. Still not as tender as I'd like, not sure what to do about that. If you have any ideas let me know.

July 22, 2012

2012 Veg Garden TOMATOES!

These are the earlygirls. All of the varieties have fruits now.
I'm most excited about the heirlooms, their flavor is outstanding.
Just a few weeks now to a garden fresh spinach, basil and tomato salad.

July 20, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Mid-Season

Just entering the warmest part of the season now so we picked up a bale of straw to spread under the plants and over the soaker hose. You can see the bush beans finally decided to grow, we'll see if they produce. Next pic will be all dressed up.

July 18, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Live Art

As noted in an earlier post we decided to leave the volunteer broccoli that popped up en mass amongst the seedlings to act as a living mulch. This beatiful graygreen and purple tapestry is the result. And it was effective! Not only are the weeds practically nonexistant, the soil beneath is cool and moist. As a bonus the younger smaller leaves of the volunteers distracted the munchers from the seedlings.

July 17, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Pumpkin Sighting

We spied this little guy yesterday. We've had limited luck with them in the past but love fresh pumpkin so much we're giving it another try. Last time there were only a few fruits and they were very small. They did manage to come up from leftover seed the next year but with no fruit. We chose a smaller variety this year.

July 14, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Zucchini Update

This picture was taken 7 days after the first squash blossom was spotted. It is about 3 inches long, at about 6 it will meet thyme, onion and some sliced linguica in a saute pan.

July 11, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Mini Herb Garden

Italian basil, Greek oregeno and common thyme planted in gallon pots recycled from the garden store. These are my favorite herbs so we planted 3 just like this. We will see if they do well together. I suspect the basil will want more water than the other two. There is a rosemary planted in another pot, another staple for me. I added sandy soil from the garden with organic potting soil to boost the drainage in hopes of finding a happy medium for all three.

July 8, 2012

2012 Veg Garden Greens

The salad green patch is filling in nicely with red and green romain, spinach and just out of frame is the volunteer butterleaf. The red romaine is also from last years seed that was missed in the fall cleanup. I think the romaine leaves tends to spread if given room and they don't seem as tender so I'm going to try the next planting closer together to see if that makes for a positive result.

July 7, 2012

2012 Veg Garden First Squash Blossom

I spotted this little guy on the 4th. The squashes took a little while to get going in our cool spring but we are in a bit of a sun belt here so finally they're growing into a little jungle. These are straight green and yellow squash and are on a 5 inch high flat top hill about 4x5 in the center of a larger patch about 10x10. On the other side of the path are the volunteer crooked necks from last year along with pumpkin from seed and a butternut squash I picked up for $.89 from the garden store's sale table. They are not on mounds and are not as vigorous as the summer cousins. This week we are expecting our first stretch of 80 degree weather so that may change soon.

July 4, 2012

July 4th 2012

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