Friday, February 4, 2011

2010 Photo Finish

I totally dropped the ball on the blog last year.  I hope to do better in 2011.  Here are some pictures from the end of last summer.

The sunflowers were supposed to only get 6' tall.  These got to 10-12'.  The finches loved the seeds once they dried out.

The zucchini went wild once more.  No matter how hard I look, one always seems to remain  hidden and gets to an extreme size.

The corn was a disappointment.  even though the plants look great, they had tons of ants harvesting aphids who were sucking the juice out of the plants.  The corn was not very good.

Above is a complete garden shot from the street.

The flowers along the edge of the garden grew vey well and attracted a ton  of bees and other beneficial insects.

Towering corn...

Big sunflower.  Another bee attracter.  With all the bees, we had no problems with pollination in the vegetable garden.

My goal for 2011 is to remove the grass on the other side of the yard under the fruit trees.  I want to grow a cover crop there in the winter and maybe grow pumpkins there in the summer.  I hope to remove it soon while the ground is still soft.  We harvested some of the best nectarines we have had, some apples and asian pears from the fruit trees last year.  I hope to get a lot more this year.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Summer Update

Below are some updated pictures of this years garden

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Growth

The first of the fruit tree blossoms have opened.  This is a blossom from the Independence Nectarine.  All of the trees are showing signs of growth.  You can see a list of trees I planted here.

Some of the seeds that I planted have begun to sprout.  This is a Brandywine Tomato.  Now I just hope I can keep them strong and growing.  You can see a list of all the seeds I started here.

Last year I planted some raspberry plants in one of the garden beds in the backyard.  I did not get any fruit last year but hope to this year.  They are an ever bearing variety which means that they will produce berries once in the spring and once again in the late summer.  I decided that the best way to manage the plants was to cut them all the way back to the ground while dormant.  This will only give me the late summer crop, but it should be a large one. The plants are growing vigorously.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Leave it to the Worms

This is our Wriggly Ranch Worm Farm.  I started using the worm farm about 2 years ago and love it.  This is how we compost all of our kitchen scraps.  The worms are very low maintenance.  Just make sure they have food in the bin and they will be fine.  The bucket below the bin catches the "worm juice" that is one of the resulting products.  I dilute the worm juice with water and water the plants around the yard with it. It is a great fertilizer!

Here is the upper bin with lots of food scraps.  You can see some of the worms on the sides of the box. They break down the scraps pretty quickly, turning it into worm castings.  The castings are added to our garden soil.

Finally, here is a picture of the finished worm castings.  All you need to do is to separate the worms from the castings and add them to the soil.  This is an easy and fun way to compost.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Spring/Summer Garden Layout

I probably shouln't try this because things always seem to change.  Below is my plan for the spring and summer garden beds.  Only time will tell if I keep to the plan or not.  I so wish I had more space!

Winter Garden Layout
Summer Garden Layout

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Picture Update

Below are a couple of pictures of the garden.  The first is the cover crop I am testing on one of the beds.  It has really taken off and is starting to bloom.  I will be tilling it under soon.  The next picture is from the street looking at the house.  You can see the block wall I built.  I have finished boxing in all the beds.  Today I planted spinach, Lettuce, Carrots and Radishes.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Summer Growing Season Has Begun

Yesterday I started some seeds for the summer crops.  Here is a list of what I planted:

Brandywine Tomato
Poblano Pepper
Bell Pepper
Scallop Sunny Delight Squash
Single Italian Parsley
Genovese Basil
Greek Oregano

I also planted some onion sets directly in the garden.  Tomorrow I am going to plant some Spinach seeds in one of the garden beds.