Saturday, April 28, 2018


These bədúniz wintered in the greenhouse, aided only by an occasional squirt of water. They are beautiful!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Winter survivors and spring failures

These carrots in the window garden survived the winter and are thriving. I will collect their seeds in due time:

This tomato, on the window sill of my shop all winter, in now ready to be picked:
So I will now consider the 2017 season closed, and this is what my vegetable plants produced:
Zucchini: 22 specimens weighing Kg. 5.1
Green beans: Kg. 6.832
Melon cukes: 6 specimens weighing 341g.
Lemon cukes: 7 specimens weighing 401g.
Carrots: 115 specimens weighing Kg. 3.182
Winter squash: 21 specimens weighing Kg. 16.936
Heirloom tomatoes: 89 specimens weighing Kg. 18.290
Campari tomatoes: 192 specimens weighing Kg. 4.678
Now the spring failures.
A couple of weeks ago, early in the morning, I saw the contents of our humming bird feeder frozen. I had been watching the weather forecasts closely, and that night the forecast low was 35. I had not covered any of my trees. And now, one by one, all the nascent fruits are falling off the apricot and the peach trees. A real disappointment.
What's not known yet is how the plum and apple trees are doing.
My first crop of this season will be fava beans, currently thriving in my greenhouse, and here is a sample pod:
ready to be picked and eaten, raw or sauteed in butter... we'll see.
My Fuji apple graft took and is doing well:
Yesterday I planted green beans in the wagon garden. In the next few days I have lots to do...

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Peach flowering time

Baby Peach
Baby Peach
Today mama and baby peach trees are in flower. What a sight!

Mama Peach
Mama Peach

Friday, March 30, 2018


Two days ago I moved the few plants I had kept in the shop to the greenhouse. Two such interest me because they have been quietly keeping their fruit alive through the winter. Here is the eggplant, with fruit approximately 5 inches long; next to it the tomato, apricot-sized:

The favas are doing well, as is the parsley:

I like plants. They are easier (and more fun) to deal with than some people.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Flowers and favas

Spring is here, and life is springing up all over. The apricot is in flower,
Unfortunately below freezing temperatures are forecast starting Sunday, and for three nights after. I have built a protective (from the deer) enclosure around the tree, and this will make it easier to pull a tarp over it.
I also want to graft to one of the branches a scion I got at a nice grafting workshop I attended in early March. I think I will wait til mid-week to try this experiment.
The peach trees are giving early signals that they want to break into flowers; not the plum nor the apple.
I have planted spinach seeds in one of my raised gardens; I have prepared another bed for the seedlings I want to raise there starting next week.
The fava beans are doing well, and they, too, are breaking into flowers, distinctively white and black,
Lots of exciting things to do in the next weeks!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Signs of Spring

On Jan 7 I put a couple of dozen fava beans into the greenhouse trough. One month later they are sprouting. I hope the plants will help with nitrogen fixation, and who knows, maybe with a few pods. I like fresh fava beans; not so crazy about dry ones. The sprouts look healthy and happy:

Saturday, January 27, 2018


At the end of January the carrots in the window garden are still producing. Smaller in size, delicious and healthy otherwise. The 11 babies I pulled out of the soil today weighed a modest 153 grams. Enough for a couple of healthy snacks.