Friday, April 29, 2011

Waiting for veggies...

Everything is officially outside now and I'm getting so anxious to finally get some produce. The suspense and waiting is killing me. I'm just dying to have my first tomato or pepper or squash. I'm trying to be patient and get on with other things, but it's hard! Hurry up little plant babies!

I have noticed some ants in my raised bed. Any suggestions from anyone out there on how to get rid of them organically? Other than that, I haven't found evidence of any other pests....yet. A few spider webs have popped up and I actually saw a lady bug yesterday. Good signs!

Here are a few new pictures...

There are a ton of birds hanging around and enjoying the bird feeders. So far, no issues with them bothering my plants and they are very vocal when the bird feeders are empty!

These are the latest plants to be put in pots

A spider web on a tomato plant

Chives started outside from seed

Everything seems to be doing well although I definitely had a few failures. My broccoli rabe and arugula bolted and surprisingly my zucchini and cucumbers aren't doing so hot. From what I've read, it seems that maybe I should not have started them indoors as they don't take kindly to transplanting. My scallop squash on the other hand though is doing amazing!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bath Time!

A little Friday afternoon "shower" for my babies.

My scallop squash are all doing awesome. Kicking ass and taking names.

A tabasco plant started from seeds from one of my dad's plants.

I love kale so much! It's so pretty I don't think I'll want to ever eat it.


Have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Veggies In The Ground

Today was big...all my plotting and planning finally came to fruition. I guess we'll soon see how well I did! I put about 1/2 of my seedlings in my new raised bed and larger, individual pots. The other half...well, I'll be going to buy more pots and giving some away soon. No complaints here though - I'm just shocked so many plants came up and did so well. Hopefully they will continue to do well and provide us with some food soon.

Here is the bed full of plants. It may look sparse now, but it should fill in quickly. I need to add some trellises soon for the tomatoes and cucumber.


Red onions

Chard - direct sow

Cherry tomato


Goldman's tomato

Sweet peppers

Chinese 5-color pepper - My husband is thrilled about this plant with it's small, hot peppers


Here are some other plants around the yard that are loving springtime:

Elephant ears


Happy Planting!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Spring Has Sprung

I really love this time of the year. It's not scorching hot yet and everything is bright green. Lots of new growth everywhere! Just a few weeks ago, our trees were bare and the grass was brown. Now there are birds and color everywhere.

I bought the bulb for this elephant ear plant in 2004. It was in a "bargain bin" for $1. It lived in a pot from 2004 - 2008 when we bought our house and it finally got to go in the ground. We had a very hard freeze for several days in a row this year and I was really worried that the elephant ears had died completely. I cut it all the way back and lo and behold, it's coming back up!

Our fig tree

Pear tree

Oh, and one of the most important things! My hubby finished my raised bed and this week I sowed the beet, chard and carrot seeds.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

In an attempt to be a bit more cognizant of our footprint on the Earth, of the animals, farmers and environments affected by our actions and just because well, it's kinda cool to be green now, we have taken the old phrase "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" to heart. Here are a few household items I used for seedlings this year. The plastic pots I have are all recycled from our local Home Depot. They have a shelving unit where people can drop off their old plastic pots and others can pick them up for reuse. It's a win-win. I plan to sterilize these and reuse them multiple times.

I drink entirely too much chocolate almond milk. I may have a slight addiction. Oh, and that hazelnut coconut milk creamer? It's delish!

Some soy yogurt...

Earth Balance butter and gelato containers (the whole back row may be more almond milk containers...don't judge me)! :)

How beautiful is this broccoli rabe??

And the kale? WHEW - so pretty I don't even know if I'll want to eat it!

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Yesterday, April 2, was a big day for my little seedlings. It was their very first time outside! I left them out for just a little over an hour in the shade and all seemed to be fine. I'm nervous though...I know the next week or 2 can really make or break them.

Everything is looking amazing - especially the kale. It's so beautiful I'm not sure that I will even want to cut it to eat it now! The tomato plants smell wonderful. The only plant I've had problems with so far is the arugula. Several of my plants "bolted" - they shot up and flowered which makes the leaves incredibly bitter and no longer very edible. They actually smell good though; you can smell the spiciness. I know that they bolt when they are under stress and it has been hard to get an even balance of too much/not enough water for them. I think that next time I plant them I will put them into larger pots so that they don't dry out so easily. But, I'm going to keep them around and see how they look as they flower. Maybe I will practice harvesting seeds from them.

Here are some pictures:

Pictures of peaches from our peach tree