Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tomatoes are finally beginning to ripen!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
This morning’s bean harvest. We have enough beans for two healthy adult portions every two days! 

I also picked up a few ripe ground cherries. I usually snack on them as soon as I find them, but last week I had enough to make a delicious clafoutis.

This morning’s bean harvest. We have enough beans for two healthy adult portions every two days!

I also picked up a few ripe ground cherries. I usually snack on them as soon as I find them, but last week I had enough to make a delicious clafoutis.

Monday, July 21, 2014

I am so excited today! We just got back from a 3-day trip, and the first thing I noticed in the garden upon my return were baby melons! I wasn’t even sure we’d get some this year, since it is my first time trying to grow some in containers. 

Both the Minnesota Midget and the Golden Midget have set fruit. Nothing yet on the Nutmeg Extra Early plant though, which is a shame because it is supposed to be the most delicious of the varieties I’m trying out this summer. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I let my cilantro flower (oops!) and it’s going to seed. Fortunately, these can either be resown or used in the kitchen.

Lots of beans are ready to eat, and the cucumbers will soon be too!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Bean blossoms - this photo was actually taken a while ago. Since then, we’ve begun picking enough beans to go with dinner a few evenings a week.

Bean blossoms - this photo was actually taken a while ago. Since then, we’ve begun picking enough beans to go with dinner a few evenings a week.

Friday, July 11, 2014
Today’s harvest: green beans, kale, chard and spinach.
I’ll be blanching and chopping the greens before adding them to the Smitten Kitchen’s tomato & sausage risotto instead of the baby spinach called for.
The green beans will be for munching before dinner!

Today’s harvest: green beans, kale, chard and spinach.

I’ll be blanching and chopping the greens before adding them to the Smitten Kitchen’s tomato & sausage risotto instead of the baby spinach called for.

The green beans will be for munching before dinner!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Anise hyssop flowers are a favorite of pollinators of all kinds, which is why I keep hyssop in the garden. Also, the leaves, reminiscent of licorice, can be used to make herbal tea.

Anise hyssop flowers are a favorite of pollinators of all kinds, which is why I keep hyssop in the garden. Also, the leaves, reminiscent of licorice, can be used to make herbal tea.

I’m trying to grow Minnesota midget melons this year, using the largest container I have. The plant seems happy enough, I just hope the rest of the summer is warm and sunny enough for us to get a couple of fruits!

I’m trying to grow Minnesota midget melons this year, using the largest container I have. The plant seems happy enough, I just hope the rest of the summer is warm and sunny enough for us to get a couple of fruits!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Things are coming along nicely! The patio is starting to look like a small jungle.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Baby beans!

Baby beans!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Weeding isn’t much of a necessity in container gardens, and I’m happy to avoid that chore! I actually got overeager last week and plucked away at plants that didn’t seem to belong, only to realize too late that I had inadvertently pulled up all my long-awaited dill seedlings…

In any case, I’ve left a lot of “weeds” to grow since the beginning of summer, and have been rewarded with some plants that aren’t weeds at all!

Above, a beautiful head of lettuce that grew from a seed that was dropped or blown away.

Middle, purslane, which is growing in several containers. I also have chamomile, which I had decided not too grow this year because it did so poorly last year. It self seeded though, so let’s see how it turns out!

Below, nasturtiums growing in a pot alongside a ground cherry bush. They are also growing from a seed that was likely dropped there.

Friday, June 27, 2014
Ground cherry - it’ll be a while though before they are ripe enough to eat.

I’ve found that they grow extremely well in containers!

Ground cherry - it’ll be a while though before they are ripe enough to eat. I’ve found that they grow extremely well in containers!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

More garden snapshots, June 25, 2014

Above, a petunia just starting to open; middle, tomato blossoms and a pole bean plant; bottom, spearmint and a baby Spacemaster cucumber

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
timberpress:

Visit the Timber Press Scribd page for a print-ready version of this graphic (and more!).
Inspired by The Manual of Seed Saving by Andrea Heistinger.


Saving your own seeds is a great and cheap way to grow your favorite varieties year after year.

timberpress:

Saving your own seeds is a great and cheap way to grow your favorite varieties year after year.

Forced kale harvest - a squirrel came and destroyed one of my kale plants this morning, I salvaged the leaves I could. The worst part is the squirrel doesn’t even like kale, it just bites off the stalks and then leaves.

Forced kale harvest - a squirrel came and destroyed one of my kale plants this morning, I salvaged the leaves I could. The worst part is the squirrel doesn’t even like kale, it just bites off the stalks and then leaves.