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Orchids in January PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 06 February 2021 11:05
Just because it is snowing and freezing doesn't mean you can't have flowers growing!

The aerogardens have been started with Golden Cherry Tomatoes and mini Thai Hot Peppers. Can't wait to get the Baby Pak Choi going now.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 February 2021 11:13
 
Spring Inside PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 January 2021 10:28
Hibiscus Beauty in January

A cheery addition to the bay window. This Peach Hibiscus has been flowering for many years

Peach Hibiscus Flower in January

Last Updated on Sunday, 10 January 2021 10:34
 
Winter Harvest 2020 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 December 2020 17:43

The last harvest from outside has happened. The Asian greens, Pak Choy and Baby Napa Cabbage, were brought in. The basil, which became an awesome pesto, was kept inside under a grow light. Time to fire up the growing equipment inside which will house Sweet Basil, Golden Cherry Tomatoes and Mini Thai peppers. The new hobby here is Margharita Pizza which requires fresh basil. The Thai peppers are small and tasty with the seeds providing the heat.




Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 December 2020 17:57
 
Green Autumn Harvest PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 25 October 2020 09:12

Harvest of October 24

It was time to bring in the remaining vegetables or see them rounded up by the squirrels, skunks, etc. The Zebra Tomatoes were slow pokes in ripening this year. Cucumbers were plentiful. The Pak Choy, Asian Cabbage, Golden Cherry Tomatoes, Thai Mini Hot Peppers and Mini Red Bell Peppers were tasty additions to the summer menu. You can't beat the taste of fresh picked veggies!

It's time to bring in the Rosemary, Lavender and remaining Basil. The basil will be made into Pesto and the remaining cucumbers into pickles. There are starts of Golden Cherry Tomato, Pak Choy and the Thai Pepper that will be kept going inside now. Gardens are a smile back at life and there is no doubt that gardens have helped many of us stay sane in era of Covid 19.

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 October 2020 09:33
 
October marches on PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 October 2020 11:47

Hurricane season is in full tilt for the southern part of the country. We are not immune though. In October of 2011 we were graced with a foot of snow for Halloween. October of 2013 we had a visit from Hurricane Sandy that took years for the area to recover from. So, not out of the woods yet. November is usually calmer and colder except for last year when a foot of snow arrived early and just in time to cause chaos for rush hour in the area. Enough about the weather. Harvesting as much as possible with great amounts of cuccumbers, pak choi, basil, lavender, rosemary and various peppers.

Harvest time is Pesto time. Basil leaves must be used before the cold arrives. Pesto freezes well in ice cube trays and can be a return of summer flavors on winter evenings. Some of the greens such as Pak Choi and Asian Cabbage can stay outside for a while if protected. Inside, the Aerogardens will sprout herbs, cherry tomatoes and tiny Thai peppers. Bringing some plants indoors (Hibiscus, Vinca and Geraniums) while the water garden tubs must be drained and the tubers brought inside for the winter. Below are today's vegetable harvests.


Pak Choi


Cucumbers, Golden cherry tomato, Mini Bell Pepper, Thai pepper

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 October 2020 12:15
 
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