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Spring Residents in the Garden PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 April 2013 14:57

Hooray!!
It's finally warm and windless enough to work outside. The winds for the last week or so put a damper on trying to plant seeds. But, at last, today is a decent day to add soil and plant a few seeds. Here are a few current garden residents:
Yellow Pansy April 2013<
Yellow Pansy

Tiny yellow daffodils

Cat Guarding the Garden


Last Updated on Monday, 08 April 2013 15:09
 
Growing in the winter PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 March 2013 15:38

It's been a long winter and we can't wait to see it end. Thing was, it wasn't all that cold again. About two snowstorms this year of any real significance. This year the orchids have been pretty dormant, having been moved and just now starting to have buds on them.

Swiss Chard has been growing outside in the raised box with the help of plastic when it got below freezing. We dispensed with the coldframe and just had kale and chard growing outside in the box.

Swiss Chard

Here is a shot of one of the winter bay window dwellers


fuschia_geranium

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 March 2013 15:58
 
Still enjoying the harvest PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 December 2012 13:36

We are eating the chives, parsley and chard. Some of these are still going strong outside. The chard and kale grow well into the cold weather, only being stopped by a hard freeze. Chard and kale are now favorites on the menu. These dark green leafy vegetables are good sources of vitamins. The Kale is delicious steamed and then lightly fried w/ onion, oil, spike seasoning (or the herb/spice of your choice). The chard, which is not as strong a taste as spinach, makes a good substitute for lettuce in a salad. These two vegetables also provide fiber along with the vitamin benefits.



Tomatoes ripening in the sun. They were harvested and allowed to ripen in a brown paper bag. Then they are removed to ripen in the sun on the windowsill or in the bay window.

Winter Tomatoes

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 December 2012 15:59
 
Welcome to Winter PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 08 November 2012 15:58

We just had a hurricane followed by Nor' Easter here. The garden tomatoes, peppers, etc. were harvested before Sandy and Athena (now our winter storms are going to get names too?) The chard and kale were left outside and are still doing well, except for the Swiss Chard in the fence boxes that fell victim to squirrels or some other hungry critter in the snow. Luckily, we still have some in the raised bed box that is protected by fencing. The snow and cold temperatures brought an abrupt end to the outdoor growing season. Any herbs or annuals left out are done now. Below is a picture of the last harvest from the raised bed box. Pictured are red pepper, tomatoes and cubano pepper.







This marks the beginning of the indoor growing season with orchids, bulbs, aerogardens (for greens and cherry tomatoes). Now is a good time to start amarylis for blooming in time for the holidays. Orchids usually start blooming in January, lighting up the window when everything outside is dreary.



Last Updated on Thursday, 08 November 2012 16:08
 
Autumn 2012 arrives PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 October 2012 12:26

It's that time of year again. The garden is slowing down as the days grow shorter. We've had good harvests of herbs, chard, kale, pears and small cubano peppers. The tomatoes and red peppers have been pretty slow this year. I have to admit I saw less bees around here than in previous years and wonder if that had an effect. Here is a sample harvest from the past summer:


Summer harvest 2012



The purple petunias were wonderful this year

great color petunias



Last Updated on Monday, 08 October 2012 12:43
 
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