"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson

Friday, July 22, 2011

Adirondack Blue I Do Love You!

This is the second year that I have grown the Adirondack Blue Potato.  Believe it or not I grow these under one of our orange trees.  I keep them planted on the outer edges so the trees do not get too much water.  They do very well and the trees have not suffered at all.

I am not sure what variety the red is. I just remember planting a potato from a batch that had started to sprout and these are what we have. 

I am thinking tonight I will make this Red Potato Salad only I will combine the two colors.  And omit the bacon since I am trying to keep the fat low in my meals.

Happy Gardening!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Here They Come Again! Tomato Time and Update

I like to keep my blog updated with my tomato harvesting and information on each of the ones that I chose from year to year.  This year they seem to be coming in a little later than last year. We have had a much cooler spring and July has been cooler than normal too. This week we are heating up and I am happy to say I am picking tomatoes!

Here is my harvest today

 Cocozelle Zucchini (organic seed), San Marzano Tomato Pole (organic seed), Broad leaf Sage (organic seed), Basil Napoletano, German Chamomile (organic seed), Dill, Summer Early Yellow Crookneck Squash, all from Botanical Interests.  Green bunching onions from seeds I planted last fall. Yellow Pear Tomato which does not have a name on it so can't say which one it is. Red Zebra and Cherokee Purple Tomato from Seeds of Change (both grown from seed).

Bed One
Bed Two

Bed Three

Coriander/Cilantro Seeds
Our summers are too hot to grow Cilantro but I always let one plant from the Spring form seed heads for Coriander and to have more seed for Cilantro to grow in the fall through spring months. 
The small plant at the end of this bed is a Poha Plant. Easily grown from seed or cuttings. It has delicious fruit that I just eat from the hand but you can use it to make jam.  Also known as Cape Gooseberry
Poha Plant

This year we pulled out the ground cover along the driveway and dug a long two foot wide trough and lined it with chicken wire (to keep the gophers out) then filled with rich compost and amendments.  This is the result.  Lush tomatoes and huge summer squash plants. Tomatoes in this bed are Cherry Rainbow Mix from Botanical Interests.  Dr. Wyche's Tomato, German Queen Tomato (rare), and Green Zebra.

Same bed only a close up view.
Here we have one of two Eggplants and one of several Orange Watermelon plants.  I got the seed for these from a neighbor that brought us one of these melons they grew last year.  It had to be one of the best watermelons I have ever had and very pretty.  I will find out the name and add it later.

Our first Artichoke Plant was planted in June!

Straight Eight Cucumber from Ferry -Morse, looking very good this year. Keeping my fingers crossed that they do not get mildew. I purposely planted them late to avoid the May and June foggy months. I also have Japanese Soyu Burpless Cucumbers planted in this bed along the driveway.
Just a few of our Pepper Plants. These are planted by some Penstemon plants and are still small.  We are growing Ancho/Poblano, Pimiento sweet pepper, Carnival Mix Bells and New Mexico pepper.  A few green Bells and a Jalapeno.
Borage Seed coming up again.

Zapotec Pink Ribbon Tomato

Cherokee Purple
Persimmon, a Yellow Orange determinate heirloom tomato.  Plant is loaded with fruit.

San Marzano Pole Tomato
Cocozelle Organic Zucchini (from seed)

This plant is doing fantastic in the new bed along the driveway. I pick 3 to 4 squash a day now. In back, to the left a bit is the Summer Early Yellow Crookneck. This one is just beginning to produce now. Many of them are showing up straighter than I would expect; must be because I planted them so close to the zucchini.

I didn't get a chance to photograph the summer squash plants in the back and the beans. The beans are doing well.  After putting down the mulch they seemed to have grown a food.  I planted Bush French Filet and Bush Pencil Pod Yellow both from Botanical Interests.
This is what my husband and I did last weekend.  10 cubic yards of compost for the flower beds and around the citrus trees.  Hopefully this will keep the weeds down for a few weeks.
Well that is it for now.  Hoping you are all having wonderful success with your tomatoes, etc this year!

Day's End

The twilight comes to cool the. air,

The shadows lengthen on the sod,

Soft breezes blow the garden through,

The leaves and blossoms sway and nod.

On garden path, in sheltering hedge,

In treetops dark and cloudless sky,

The evening birds awake to life,

To stir; to sing and upward fly.

And flowers, warm with summer heat,

Expand to greet the softened light

And shed, to show their gratitude,

A fragrance in the summer night.

Now all is peace. From meadows near

A cooling mist blows o'er the wall

And strangely lonesome in the night

There comes the thrush's silvery call.