Showing posts with label gardening. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gardening. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Look what finally came in the mail!

Planting my seeds for summer. Yes I am a little late, but at least I got them planted. I kept waiting for these to arrive and they are finally here. Homemade jarred marinara here I come!

(San Marzano seeds from

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Harvest from the DSA

My mom picked these today from her garden.

Aren't they great? I have tons more pictures from our visit this weekend that I will post later.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Aww nature

Nothing like going for a bike ride and on the way back snagging a few free figs from the neighborhood tree. (Community tree, I would never take fruits or vegetables from someones garden.) As I was munching into the fig I couldn't help but have a nerd alert and draw a similarity to the inside of a fig and a sea anemone. Pretty cool.

More in the fun science and nature genre, check out these sprouted cucumbers!
My sisters and I are continuing or hard-labor, I mean DSA (daughter supported agriculture) at my mother's house. Things are progressing and she even has a cool watering system down for her Japanese eggplants, beans, and cantaloupe. What made me really smile though were the cucumbers. Last time we were out there we wanted to plant something in a area we had de-weeded. My middle sister had wanted to plant zucchini but apparently we did not bring that set of seeds. So just for good measure I threw in some cucumber seeds. I was doubtful of them actually sprouting, but low and behold they fought through the heat and the nutrient depleted soil and are alive!

In other miraculous news, we usually take home a basket of lemons each time we leave my mother's house. Her lemon tree produces the best lemons I have ever had. Well I kept joking about planting a lemon tree back at our place. One day I come home and see pot of dirt sitting in the middle of our patio table. I asked my sister if I could put the soil back in the bag when she informed me she had taken one of the seeds from a lemon and planted it. We both started cracking up. That little pot has been sitting there and we water it every time we water out other edible plants, not because we really thought it would grow, but just to keep the joke alive. Again, my doubt was rebutted with the sprouting of our little lemon tree!!! (Lemon tree name still undecided.)Isn't it the cutest thing? Somehow growing a plant from seed is one of the most rewarding things to me.

"Of all the wonderful things in the wonderful universe of God, nothing seems to me more surprising than the planting of a seed in the blank earth and the result thereof." - Julie Moir Messervy

Friday, October 22, 2010

Still kind of summer in Cali

Well the weather is being fickle and despite it being Fall my backyard garden still has tomatoes on its vine. Perfect for the curry stir-fry or scrambled eggs. Yummy, healthy, and home grown.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

You take the good, you take the bad

You take them both and then you have... The Facts of Life... Ah come on, you know you know the song! So a lot of my garden dies last week when I was gone, but some of it survived and I am reaping the rewards. This week I picked my first tomato...
and made a egg scramble with goat cheese and said tomato. Can I just say, in all honesty, that might have been the best tomato I have ever eaten. Hand to God.
So here are a few pictures of the other survivors. I still have two tomato plants, one serrano pepper, one bush peas (they were supposed to be pole peas), four carrots, one basil, one watermelon, four romaine lettuce, one sage, one mint, one cilantro (that has gone to seed! errr), one chive, and a dying hydrangea. If that hydrangea survives after all if has been throw it will be one strong bush. My roommate informed me that she forgot it was there and so did not water it. Poor little bush. So there are the facts...of life. Did I get that song in your head yet? :) This weekend is suppose to be extremely hot as well but I am on top of it. I will be watering early morning to try to keep their temperatures down in the 90+ degree weather. Ahhhh! Did I mention how much I miss living by the beach? :) Well any who, that is the update. Just enjoying what I still have for the time being. Oh, and I did plant another cucumber seedling after my other one was killed, but that is all. Hope your weekend is fun and cool.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Garden Update

Hello internet, I am back home. After going down south for Father's Day and to visit friends, go to bridal showers, birthday parties, etc. I rolled in last night and it was 95 degrees! It was mid 70's down south and I guess I wasn't expecting it to be so hot here. I had my little fan on all night just so I could sleep.

And with this crazy hot weather my plants were needing extra attention. I had asked my roommate to water while I was gone, but with it being in the 90's they needed a lot of extra love and care and I am sad to say I lost a few while I was gone. I lost a few carrots, a pepper plant, my cauliflower both went to seed, my squash is barely hanging one as are all of my lettuce. I watered last night to help them hydrate and cool down, but it might be touch and go for a bit.

I am trying not to take it too hard as I am going to be moving in the next month. It is up in the air if I am going back down south or to San Francisco, but either way, my garden is going to have to be backed up and some left behind. With that in the back of my mind I still want to enjoy my garden while I have it. Hopefully my next residence will have room for it as well!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Garden Update!

Not sure if you checked the weather but it was in the 70's and raining here yesterday. What are we in Hawaii? Before that, the rest of the week had been pretty warm and my plants seemed to like that so yea! Check them out.

My herb garden.

My cilantro seem to be turning a little yellow so now I want to check if they also need nitrogen in their soil like my basil did. Any ideas? The chives, mint, and sage seem to be doing ok.

The box.

Basil is doing a lot better since I put in a plant nanny that had some miracle grow for veggies in it. According to the guy at the farmer's market, my basil needed nitrogen and this was the best way. And it is working so yea!

One cauliflower looks big and beautiful. It has about an eight-inch circumference. The other however looks like this.

I might be mistaken but isn't this what it looks like when it bolts and goes to seed? I don't really understand why it would do that considering I planted them at the same time. Anybody have answers as to why it looks like this?

These suckers looks great and I can't wait to eat them! Must wait until they are red, although I have heard some interesting nutritional information about green, I must wait for red!

These babies are coming along. Can't wait for the rainbow carrots. Lettuce is doing well. The squash seems to be taking forever to grow! Come on squash!

Now my spinach is another story. One just died on my and the other one is growing tall but has very tiny spinach leaves. Anyone know if my spinach is okay or else what I can do to fix it?

Serrano has not grown much but is still alive. The sugar daddy peas are growing like mad and the broccoli has made a come back. It appeared to be dying and had been nibbled on by a mysterious bug. I trimmed the small leaves and now it is growing again. Is this to thank due to the small pruning job?

Then there are my random plants around the garden. This starter watermelon was on 98 cents from Home Depot so I had to give it a try considering a I love melon. And this hydrangea that I had thought for sure I killed is growing taller and greener everyday.

Something I have noticed is that things take a very very long time to grow. I am sure a lot of that has to do with this weird weather and my lack of gardening skills, but I can't help but thinking that I am no where close to being able to rely on my garden for a good portion of my veggie needs. But as everyone else I have talked to, gardening is a hobby that takes years and you can come close, but one can never become a perfect gardener as weather, bugs, and just bad seeds are beyond your control. But for what I do have now, I am trying grateful and excited. Happy Saturday!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Would you like a garden update?

Exciting news in my garden! Ok, I am going to get this out of the way. I lost my cucumber to the unknown monster that keeps uprooting my plants. I guess the soil was not wet enough that night and my cucumber was too weak to survive a re-planting. I may have lost a soldier but the battle is still on. Take a look.

My basil is growing, albeit slowly, but does anyone know what the brown spots are and how to get rid of them and how to get bigger greener leaves?

Spinach is shooting up! This is one of two I planted months ago and it is finally liking the weather enough to grace me with its' presence.

A rouge beet that has not died, but has not grown too much either. I keep hearing that the plants are having a hard time this ear due to the fickle weather going between almost warm to cold again. Come on Spring!

My rainbow carrots are alive! I planted 9 and 7 appear to be growing so I am going to take what I can get. Can't wait to eat them when they have grown bigger.

My squash is still alive. This is from the random seedling I noticed started growing a few months back even though I planted it in September! Crazy to think how a seed will just sit there and grow when it thinks it is a good time. Here's to hoping something comes of it.

My little beefsteak tomato is growing. Funny how things never grow fast enough for me, but it is just cool to see that something you started from a seed has grown so much bigger and is still doing well.

Now this giant is from the OCC plant sale I went to over Mother's Day weekend. It is doing well and look at the little tomatoes growing!

Mesclun seedlings I started a while ago. They are still alive but not much growth. Again I was told this is because of the weather. Booo!

Whatever the weather my Sugar Daddy Peas seem to be liking it and are growing. Woohoo!

Sorry this picture is a little out of focus, but here is my yellow bell pepper. Can't wait!

Check out the lone broccoli rabe.

And now to my crowning glory...drum roll CAULIFLOWER! My two plants are doing great and I finally saw the fruit of my labor growing. Two baby cauliflower heads are starting to grow. I am super excited!

That's all for now folks. I will give you another update next weekend. Now go outside and enjoy the sunshine.