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Wednesday, 29 December 2010 12:19

Thought everyone might like a peek at a hibiscus flower

Growing Inside in the WInter PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 December 2010 14:04

The coldframe seems to be functioning in keeping the sturdier plants going. We've put strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, columbine, lavender and various other herbs in it.

As for the gardening inside,the two Aerogardens are growing. One has salad greens and arugula planted. We've been enjoying some fresh greens now for a few weeks. The cherry tomatoes are coming along fine and I just spotted the first fruits. I have to be the bee here... moving the foliage around on the tomatoes and blowing on the plants to spread the pollen. These plants usually self pollinate from the winds and air currents outside. The two varieties here are red cherry and yellow cherry tomatoes. I notice the yellow tomatoes are the first to flower and seem to be the hardiest in long term survival rates. I had one of these yellow ones last over a year when planted in a pot outside!!

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 December 2010 14:16
Autumn Rose and more PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 October 2010 09:46

Autumn Rose...last of the season
This is from a variety of rose called Voodoo. The color starts as a bright salmon color and changes to a dark rose color. Sometimes, in the right light (twilight or sunrise) the blooms almost look like they are glowing. I have the Abraham Lincoln variety too. That starts out a velvety red that changes to almost a black tinged shade.

Here is a shot of the three types of tomato and one pepper that grew in the garden this year. Pictured are: Golden Harvest (yellow cherry tomato) Fourth of July (red jumbo cherry) and the tiny red Sweet Snack variety. Also pictured is the Hungarian Cherry Pepper.

This week I'll be firing up the old Aerogardens with greens and (what else?) Heritage Red and Golden Harvest Cherry Tomatoes, In the weeks after that it will be time to harvest whatever is left in the garden (cukes peppers, herbs) and prepare the cold frame for its winter occupants..

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2010 11:44
Fall is seed saving time PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 October 2010 08:37

Fall is here and it's time to collect seeds. As soon as the weather dries out, it's a great time to collect seeds to store up for next year. A really great activity is to organize a swap party amongst your friends. Bring your collected treasures over to compare and swap. Make it a neighborhood event. Everybody has different likes and you can trade seeds for new plants and flowers you might like to try out at no cost.

Pictured below are some recently collected seeds - garlic chives, clematis and zinnia seeds. We've also got pear seeds from the little tree that was such a hit this year. We are still harvesting cherry peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes here. This past spring, the Sweet Snack Tomatoes, Zinnias, mint, regular chives and columbine reseeded themselves and were transplanted to their new locations for the growing season. So, don't despair if you don't get seeds from all the plants. Just keep a sharp eye out in the spring for the seedlings that may spring up.

Last Updated on Saturday, 02 October 2010 08:56
Autumn in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 09:11

This year was not very good for the greens due to the high temperatures, though I have some mesclun, parsley and a few collard green plants that are still producing. One of my favorites is the sweet snack tiny cherry tomato. These grew from fruits that fell in the pot last year! They make a sweet bite size garnish for salads. Cucumbers have been great this year, the trick was making sure the ground didn't dry out too much. Another hit this year was the cherry pepper. They are compact little fruits that pack a spicy punch but not too much. I believe they originate in Eastern Europe (Hungary).

Cucumber,Pepper, Tomatoes
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 September 2010 07:20
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