Archive | June, 2012

Roasted Purple Potatoes with Olive Oil and Garlic

20 Jun

We believe that vegetables always taste best when they’re straight from garden. These purple potatoes are a fine example of this philosophy. I plucked a few new potatoes from the shoulders of the mama plant in the garden and whisked them straight to the oven after scrubbing and seasoning. After 30 minutes they came out all golden brown and crispy- ummmm… delicious!ImageImageImage

Swapping Crops

17 Jun

Went to our first “Crop Swap” today with a load of rainbow chard and beet tops. What a neat idea! Everyone brought things from their gardens, layed it out on a cloth and took what they wanted from the display. There were eggs, seedlings of all types, and even worm compost tea. We came away with 9 baby lettuce plants and a bag of lemons. Looking forward to bringing more chard to next week’s swap. Who knows what we’ll end up with!ImageImage

Alien Plant Specimen #1

16 Jun

This alien plant popped up by the brandywine tomatoes about a month ago, but we didn’t plant it. We think it might be a volunteer melon because we planted melon in the general area a few years ago, but melons dont have spines… or do they? ImageImageImage

Race to the Top

13 Jun

All around the Tomato Boys’ backyard garden, plants, are twisting, turning, and shooting upward in a frenzied Race to the Top.

Out in front are the tomatoes (No surprise there- we started them in February). Compared to last year, these babies are gigantic. Some already have green fruits on them.

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Nipping at the heals of the Tomatoes are the Blue Lake pole beans. Although, they’re not currently winning, I would say that they’re the favorites to win. Last year, they out grew our 6′ tall trellis. Who knows what they’ll accomplish with our taller bamboo trellises this year.Image

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Rounding up the rear are the corn and Brussels sprouts. They were started late in the season, but can grow really tall. I wouldn’t count them out yet!

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Here’s a before and after shot of the corn. They have come so far in just over a month.ImageImage

Chives Galore

11 Jun

We forayed into chives a few years ago when our across-the-street neighbors gave us transplant from their garden. Now, we can’t imagine scrambled eggs without freshly picked Chive stems. Since then, we’ve let it  go with minimal water and care and boy has it multiplied! Now we have about ten plants and need to get rid of some. Does anybody need some chives?ImageImage

Blossom, Blight, Beet, and Broody

11 Jun

It’s almost summer and our the vegetables are booming. Sadly, it’s not all sunshine and roses over here in the Garden.

 

For us, Squash blossoms symbolize the beginning of summer. Their explosive yellow petals burst with energy and herald the coming of a zuchinni. They only bloom for a day, so we captured their beauty with a picture.Image

Our Bartlett Pear Tree has been battleing Fireblight for over a month now. Fireblight is a bacterial infection and causes the fruit and leaves of a tree to blacken, wither and die. As far as I know, there are no cures for Fireblight except to prune away the infected branches. Does anyone have a solution for us?

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We harvested our first beets today. They’re an Italian Heirloom called “Forono”. They’re beet red, but they don’t have spherical roots. Instead they grow like a carrot- in a cylidrical manner.

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Mercedes, our Jersey Giant hen, is broody! For those of you who don’t know, broodiness is a condition that makes a mature hen crazy to hatch chicks. She’ll sit on the nest for days and not lay a single egg. Since we have no roosters, there will never be a fertile egg, so Mercy is waiting in vain. Hopefully, this is just a faze, but who knows. Any solutions?Image

Brussels Sprout Sprout

10 Jun

Try saying that ten times fast!Image

Drip, Drip, Drip

10 Jun

This weekend we installed the drip irrigation. Special shout out to Dad and Sam who were the chief installers. It looks great guys! Now I don’t have to spend half an hour everyday watering and can do something else, like blogging 🙂Image

Farm City by Novella Carpenter

6 Jun

I read this book last month and loved it. To hear about another Bay Area urban farmer’s experience was great. For anyone who wants to laugh and be inspired I encourage you to buy it, or pick it up at the library. Yay for Novella Carpenter!

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Bountiful Gardens

5 Jun

Bountiful Gardens

Here on our urban plot, we grow most of our vegetables by seed. Choosing the right seed catalogue can either limit or expand your gardening choices. We love Bountiful Gardens because they only offer open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, so you know that their seeds are not genetically altered or enhanced. As an added bonus, the seeds from the plants can be saved for the following year. Check out their website!