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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:

Dill

Basil

Potato box

Tomato row

Jericho lettuce

Kale

zinnia

radish

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

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After much thought I finally picked out the 8 tomato varieties that I am growing this summer.  Most are varieties that I grown before but I will be growing 3 new varieties.

Rosso Sicilian

This will be the first year that I grow this variety.  It is an Italian heirloom brought to the US in 1987.

Cherokee Purple

Another new variety for 2011.  This is an heirloom tomato from Tennessee rumored to have come from the Cherokee.

Italian Roma

An heirloom paste and canning tomato from Italy

Currant Gold Rush

I have grown these currant tomatoes each of the last 2 years. It is one of my favorite tomatoes, the plant sets hundreds of 1/4″ tomatoes that are very flavorful and great on salads.  Here are some pictures from last year:

Currant Sweet Pea

Another variety that I have grown before, very similar to the currant gold rush only red.

Green Zebra

I have grown this green zebras each year that I have had a garden.  Very flavorful green tomato, great for making fried green tomatoes

Velvet Red

Grew velvet reds for the first time last year and it is my favorite cherry tomatoes.  The foliage of the plant has a silvery dust which makes it very unique. Yields hundreds of 1″ cherry tomatoes.

Nepal

A great heirloom tomato, 10-12 oz. bright red globe tomatoes.

 

I sowed the tomato seed about 2 weeks ago, I will have pics of the seedlings soon…

 

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Last weekend we spent about 2 hours closing down our community garden plot.  This meant pulling up all of tomato, pepper, eggplant, and kale plans.  It also meant pulling up all of the flowers we used for our wedding.

This summer’s garden was much more productive than the garden I had last year, the hot summer may have something to do with that.

Peppers (bell and hot)

This year we harvested about 30 pounds of peppers (both hot and bell peppers).  Last year we only harvested a couple of pounds.

Eggplant

This year I probably harvested about 40 pounds of eggplant.  Last year, I only harvest a couple of eggplant at the end of the season.

Tomatoes

The tomato plants were also very successful this year. We were able to make several rounds of pasta/pizza sauce.  Last year’s harvest was also successful but not like this year.

Flowers

As I mentioned above the flowers we grew did very well. Some of the zinnia plants were about 5 ft. when we cut them down.  We were able to make several bouquets throughout the summer.

Stay tuned for pictures and recipes…

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Over the past few weeks we have been harvesting a few pounds of tomatoes every time we go to the garden.  As I mentioned in several previous posts I am growing 8 varieties of tomatoes this summer, two plants of each.   Here are some pictures of 2 of the 8 varieties I am growing:

Austin’s Red Pear Tomatoes

I grew this variety last summer, and the seeds that were sown were harvested from last year’s crop.

Austin's Red Pear Tomato

Austin's Red Pear Tomato

Austin's Red Pear Tomato

Hartman’s Yellow Gooseberry Tomatoes

Like the Red Pear tomatoes, this is the second year that I have grown this variety. The seeds that were sown were also harvested from last year’s crop.

Gooseberry Tomato

Gooseberry Tomato

Gooseberry Tomato

Gooseberry Tomato

Stay tuned for pictures of the other varieties that I am growing this summer…

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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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It’s been a busy couple of weeks over at the garden plot.  As of May 27, we have sowed or transplanted more than half of our plants for the summer.  Here are a couple of pictures of what the garden looks like so far:

I have transplanted half of the tomato plants so far with plans to transplant the remaining plants this evening.  Last week the tomato plants spent their first week outside, hardening off.  They were in for quite a shock as temps. climbed to 80-degrees

On Tuesday evening I transplanted the brandywine, nepal, velvet red, and red pear tomato plants:

We have also been very busy sowing/transplanting flower seeds.  We are going to grow 5 types of flowers in our plot to be used for our wedding coming up in July.  We are growing Zinnias (3 varieties), Sunflowers (zebulon), Bells of Ireland,  Rudbeckia (goldilocks), and Snapdragons.  Last Saturday, we purchased a tray each of snapdragons and zinnias to get a head start, here are some pics of them after they were transplanted:

We also sowed 3 varieties of Zinnia seed into 3- 4′ x 5′ plots.  Here is what the plots looked like on May 22:

…and 5 days later on May 27:

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It has been a busy couple of days over at the garden.  Last Friday evening was spent trenching around the perimeter of the entire garden plot.  All 12 garden owners went in together to rent a trencher that would dig a 3′ trench around the outer edge.  Then on Sunday the fence that keeps the critters out was raised.  The garden is now officially open for business…

One of the first things that was done in the plot was constructing the potato box..

I then turned over the existing soil and planted  irish cobbler and red skinned potato seeds. I will post pics. as the potatoes begin to germinate.

Meanwhile back at our apartment, the tomato, pepper, and eggplant seedlings are really starting to take off.  Some of the tomato seedlings are now about 2′ tall and still have about 2-3 weeks before they can go outside.

Here is a summary of what else we have planted so far:

Cherry Belle Radish

Tennis Ball Lettuce

Green Bibb Buttercrunch Lettuce

Royal Chatenay Carrot

Di Cicco Broccoli

Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale

Finally, we started the first of our wedding flowers.  Natalie sowed some Bells of Ireland flower seeds in a 5′ x 4′ plot that should yield enough for the bouquets.

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