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.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

After the solstice

Solstice day I decommissioned the greenhouse heater. Only the petunias and the pak-choi are left there, the latter almost ready to yield its seeds in hundreds of pods. I took the basil, the parsley, a couple of mystery trees, and the eggplant to the shop, where they now rest in front of the south facing window.
Not quite visible is the eggplant, here in more detail:

The only veggie still producing is the carrot patch in the window garden, and here is my latest harvest, yesterday:
Now it's time to start thinking about the preparations for next season. I have pruned all but one of my fruit trees, and I have chipped the pine bark with which I wil try to modify the Ph of the soil so as to make it acid enough to produce blueberries and lupini. I have failed plenty with the lupini, and I have never tried growing blueberries.
Horse manure is next on my agenda, and I will add it to all planters and garden spots. And because I have kept good records of everything that has grown, I will make a final tally once the carrots and the eggplant are done.
The garden is a wonderful place to find peace in, even when times are hard and not all is well. May 2018 be a good year in the garden and out.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Winter is around the corner

At bed time last night the thermometer was at 38F; this morning 28F. The forecast is for temperatures in the 20s the next several nights. So I picked some tomatoes, a total of about 2 kilos, both heirloom and small ones. Their colors are not are vibrant as earlier in the season, but one can still see the difference: pink the heirloom; orange-red the small ones. The heirloom have some cracks, too. So these are headed for the salsa-making procedure, sometime this week. I am curious to see how long my little heater can keep the temperature of the greenhouse above freezing.
My eggplants (I have a few in the greenhouse) have flowered all fall, and I have used a q-tip to aid the pollination process (it seems not to have done anything). Great flowers and no fruit. Until now. Unbelievable, but a three-inch long pink eggplant has formed. Now we'll see what happens. Love to watch these creatures.