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Spring Garden

April 28, 2013 Leave a comment

I started my spring garden two weekends ago with the planting of corn, eggplant, bell pepper, crooked-neck squash, straight-neck squash and zucchini squash. Since then, an unusual amount of traveling has kept me from finishing my spring plantings. I was starting to get a bit concerned that if I wait any longer the stores would stop carrying spring vegetables. I went to Lowe’s today and was surprised to find that they were fairly well stocked so I went on a shopping spree to make up for lost time. I started planting in the morning. By noon, the rain which had been forecasted for the entire weekend finally graced us with its presence. Undeterred, I continued working in my rain suit and by the end of the day my backyard was finally starting to resemble a garden.

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My spring garden now consists of:

1 oregano
1 spicy oregano
1 stevia
1 lemon balm
1 orange mint
2 German thyme
2 red bell pepper
2 orange petite bell pepper
2 rosemary
2 sweet basil
3 yellow bell pepper
4 Japanese eggplant
4 corn
4 husky cherry red tomato
8 black beauty eggplant
8 spaghetti squash
8 sweet potato
8 Georgia hybrid collard
8 asparagus

Here are some pictures.

Corn:

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Black Beauty eggplant:

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Red, yellow, and green bell pepper:

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Japanese eggplant:

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Spaghetti squash:

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Cherry tomato:

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Sweet potato:

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Stevia:

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Orange mint:

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Lemon balm:

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Asparagus:

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Spicy oregano:

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German thyme:

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Sweet basil:

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Rosemary:

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Crooked-neck, straight-neck, and zucchini squash:

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Georgia hybrid collards:

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Oregano:

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In addition, there are still some remnants from the winter garden:

1 flat leave parsley
1 cilantro
2 carrot
8 cabbage
22 Swiss chard

The parsley, cilantro and Swiss chards are looking prehistoric with their enormous size. One of the carrot plant’s leafy top is now at my waist height. I hope this is indicative of the size of the carrot underground.

Here are some pictures of these monster winter plants. I’ve included a 5 gallon bucket in some of the pictures for size reference.

Cabbage:

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Carrot:

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Flat leaf parsley:

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Clantro:

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Swiss Chard:

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First Eggplant Harvest

August 16, 2012 Leave a comment

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Today I made my first eggplant harvest and collected 2 Japanese “Ichiban” eggplants (these are the skinny ones) and 1 Black Beauty eggplant. I also harvested some sweet basil. These homegrown ingredients were then combined with store bought Vidalia onion, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, orange bell pepper, and garlic. The ingredients were then stir fried.

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There’s nothing better than growing one’s own food… except eating it!

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Summer Garden – Four Week Update

August 13, 2012 Leave a comment

With the expanded garden space, I felt compelled a week ago to plant more vegetables. Unfortunately, I was not able to find much at the local Home Depots or Lowe’s and some stores had completely stopped stocking vegetables.

I did manage to find some more bell peppers, basil, tomatoes, and fresh batches of Georgia collards. These were planted last weekend and all seem to be doing well. The new plantings have doubled my backyard garden.

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Here are some photos of the new plantings.

Cherry Tomatoes:

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Bell Peppers:

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Collards:

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Here are the old plantings from a month ago.

The Black Beauty eggplant which had just fruited two weeks ago has grown significantly.

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The other Black Beauty eggplant plant has started two fruits.

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The basils are doing well and have been regularly harvested. I also planted another Sweet Basil plant last weekend.

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A brand new Japanese eggplant fruit which has fruited since my post two weeks ago.

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The Japanese eggplant fruit which had just fruited two weeks ago has grown significantly and is still growing.

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The watermelon plant has flourished since two weeks ago.

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And I started seeing flowers a few days ago. So, hopefully fruits are coming soon.

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Cantaloupe plants have also flourished. Plenty of flowers but no fruits yet.

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Squash plants were doing well but has declined in the past week. Looks like the squash vine borers have been eating away at the base.

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I did manage to harvest one good size squash before their demise.

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Super 100 tomatoes have grown significantly. They are now housed in cages made from 3 feet tall, 2 inch x 4 inch welded wire fencing.

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Cherry tomatoes are also now house in cages.

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Summer Garden – 2 Week Update

July 31, 2012 Leave a comment

It has been two weeks since I planted my summer garden. We have had little to no rain in the past two weeks. I have refrained from watering because I want to see if the plants can make it on their own with the thick layer of mulch I’ve laid out.

The results have been mixed. I’ve lost the following:
1 red bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
2 hybrid cherry tomato
1 watermelon

Aside from that, the other plants are doing fine. The squash and the cantaloupe have made the most progress. I’ve noticed a couple of baby eggplants developing, as well.

Summer Garden

July 14, 2012 Leave a comment

About a month ago, I started a Back to Eden garden in my backyard by laying down newspaper and 5 inches of mulch over a 40 feet x 20 feet area of my backyard lawn. Today, I planted the following in the mulch:

3 hybrid cherry tomato
2 Super 100 tomato
2 Ichiban eggplant
1 white eggplant
2 eggplant
2 orange bell pepper
2 red bell pepper
2 sweet basil
1 thai basil
5 watermelon
3 cantaloupe
2 crooked neck squash