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

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Orioles are back!

Even though we really never had winter the orioles are just now back.  Of course they may have been around and I just didn't see them, but normally I hear them before I see them.  This beauty has been around for a week now, but so far I have not seen his mate.  He is enjoying the birdbath daily and getting himself all groomed for his mate's arrival, no doubt. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

16 Doves in the Avocado Tree on a Rainy Day

I took these shots a few days ago and just now got around to posting to my blog.  It was raining and the doves all roosted together on this old avocado tree.  One day I saw 5 different species of birds all together.  Now if the rest of us could just get along as well as birds we would be a far better world.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Tomato Seedlings, Tomato Update 2014

I put the tomato plants on the window ledge during our rainstorm this past weekend. I have had them outdoors now for several weeks.  My plan is to put them out in the raised beds sometime around the third week of March, if the weather permits. We have had hail storms in mid-March in past years so waiting until the end of March will be a wise choice.

My plants this year are as follows:

San Marzano
Southern Night
Ponderosa (also know as Henderson's Pink Ponderosa)
Gold Medal
Chocolate Stripes
Black Krim
Cherokee Purple
Big White Pink Stripe
Flame (also known as Hillbilly)
Dr. Wyche's 
German Queen
Green Zebra
I still may put in Goliath if I can find a plant at the nursery.  I didn't save seeds from last year and I really liked this one for canning.  

Cherry Tomatoes:

Gold Nugget
Brown Cherry
Green Grape
Super Snow White
Bicolor Cherry

Poha (also known as Cape Gooseberry  Physalia peruviana L.)

Steve Goto will be speaking at Green Thumb Nursery on March 8th and the 18th and I plan on attending his seminar.  Hopefully they will have some San Marzano and Goliath plants for sell.