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Well it is now the end of July and I am just now blogging about the summer garden.  I realized that with all of the work that is required in a garden during the first 6-8 weeks it is easy to see why I haven’t had the time to blog.  For all of my loyal readers, I will be posting a couple times a week for the rest of the summer.  I will post updated pictures, give descriptions of the heirloom veggies that I am growing and much more…

Below is an image of what the garden plot looked like on Day 1 (May 8):

Here are some pictures of the garden taken just a few weeks ago:



Potato box

Tomato row

Jericho lettuce




Stay tuned, for more pictures and descriptions of the Summer 2011 garden

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I’m back…

After neglecting my blog for about a month or so, stay tuned for new posts over the next couple of weeks.

The reason for my absence is because my partner of 9 1/2 years, Natalie,  and I got married on July 24.  Leading up to our wedding I spent many evenings in the garden tending to our wedding flowers (zinnias, snapdragons, bells of ireland, and rudbeckia) along with many other wedding related tasks which left me very little time to blog.    Below is a small sample of how our wedding bouquets and center pieces turned out:

As you will see in future posts our garden is crazy this year.  Due to the very warm weather, and plenty of rain things have really taken off.  Many of our tomato plants got so large they toppled their cages.  For the first time in 3 years of trying I may have a successful crop of peppers.

That’s all for now,  stay tuned for more wedding flower pictures, garden pictures, and more…

“Earth laughs in flower.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Some of the flowers that we planted for our wedding in July are starting to mature.  One of the Goldilocks (rudbeckia/black-eyed Susan) bloomed for the first time yesterday…

The Snapdragons are about ready to start blooming…

The zinnias (State Fair Mix) should start blooming in the next week or so…

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The community garden officially opened last Thursday evening.  One of the first things we did was  measure out each of the individual plots.  I decided to switch things up a bit from the last garden map that I drew up a few weeks ago. Here is the new map:

As you can see we decided to devote more area for our wedding flowers. We now have 4- 5′ x 4′ plots at the east end of the garden. We will also have 2- 3′ x 6′ plots for the black-eyed susans (Cherry Brandy and Goldilocks). There will be 2- 4′ x 24′ plots that run down the length of the garden. Tomatoes will be planted here. In the middle of the garden we will have 5- 5′ x 5′ plots. One will be for lettuce, one for broccoli/kale, two for herbs (cilantro, basil, oregano, and rosemary), and one for peppers and eggplant. The 6 pepper plants will be planted in the Earth Box. Finally, we will plant our carrots and beets up the entire length of the two tomato plots.

I will post pictures soon…

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Our garden features 3 different kinds of flowers and 2 types of sunflowers. Every time we head over to the garden we are amazed at the number of bees the flowers attract. Here are some pictures of our flowers, you will notice in most of the pictures a bee is present.

Blue Cornflowers

Purple Cornflower

Indian Prince Flowers


Lavatera flower

closed sunflower

open sunflower with a bee

The men of experiment are like the ant; they only collect and use. But the bee . . . gathers its materials from the flowers of the garden and of the field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own.

~Leonardo DaVinci

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Today was a pretty exciting day in the garden. We picked about 20 beets, 8 onions, and a few bunches of lettuce. The tomatoes are looking very good, I actually picked a couple of the Gooseberry yellow tomatoes and ate them right off the vine. The peppers are also looking very good. For the first time this summer we are going through a hot stretch, yesterday it was in the low-9o’s, today it was in the upper-80’s and very humid. We also got quite a bit of rain this weekend.

Here are the pics:

Here are some of the flowers we planted, notice the honeybee on the purple flower…

Green zebra tomatoes

Santa Fe pepper

This is an evening sunflower we discovered growing with the eggplants. It looks similar to the sunflower plant that is growing in a nearby neighbors garden.

Then we saw this…

gooseberry tomatoes

Today’s harvest…

One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener’s own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race.
-Wendell Berry

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