Thursday, October 19, 2017

First carrots

My carrots have been growing quietly in the window garden, protected from the deer., Today I pulled two out of the ground, and they are nice:
I look forward to a good, slow crop.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

More Tomatoes

It's mid-October and my tomatoes are going strong. So far I have harvested Kg 6.281 of heirloom tomatoes and Kg 1.791 of small tomatoes. The latter include two types, distinguished by their respective seeds. Next season I will keep them separate and each clearly labeled. Production will continue, as my greenhouse is now protected from night frost.

Yummy salsa-to-be!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


While the visiting deer has destoyed every plant within his reach, and has inflicted damage to the fruit trees, I am delighted with the outstanding performance of the plants in my small greenhouse.
I decided to try to keep things growing as long as possible. Two nights ago the temperature dipped to 31, and I managed to keep the temperature of the greenhouse in the 40's by putting a space heater there. But that was a temporary Fix. Today I managed to install a thermostat in the greenhouse, and I attached the space heater to it. The function of the thermostat is to turn the heater on at 45 degrees, and turn it off at 47 degrees. I don't think I need to reach higher temps in the greenhouse--all I want to do is avoid a freeze. In daytime the sun will warm things up well.
Here are two examples of how things are growing in the greenhouse: petunias flowering; and pak choi seed pods forming. Wonderful.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Salsa time

This morning I harvested eigth heirloom tomatoes (here with my finally flowering petunias), a total of exactly kg 2.3 (5.1 lbs). The largest of them weighs 671g (1.48 lbs). They are all beautiful and unblemished. I will turn them into salsa for the winter: tomatoes, sweet onions, plenty basil, olive oil and red wine.
More tomatoes are coming, heirloom and Campari. If I manage to heat my little greenhouse before the next frost I'll have more produce this fall.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Apples, beans, rat, deer ...

News good and bad. The last couple of nights the babies growing in the vegetable penitentiary, the greenhouse-side bed and the herb garden have suffered frost damage. The total of beans harvested (except the pole beans, still trying to produce) is kg 4.919. I have been able to freeze a number of portions for winter consumption.
Pests have been hitting the garden. In the greenhouse a rat cut all but one of the eggplant leaves with surgical precision, and for that he got his just reward (not to scale; this is a BIG rat):

Our visiting deer has enjoyed the run of the garden tasting tomatoes, defoliating everything he can reach. Next season I will protect my plants better. Here is a sample of his random destruction:

The apple harvest has begun. Here is what these babies look like:
I don't know what kind of apples they are, other than they are dear to me. I have already made two batches of apples sauce. So far I have harvested, not counting those fallen to the ground, thirty apples weighing kg 2.6.
I guess I have been wishing for summer to linger, but the Virginia creeper has warned me with with its fall colors, such as they are in this corner of the world:
Hello Autumn!

Sunday, September 17, 2017


I harvested the first melon cuke, here pictured with its cousin lemon:
I have determined that the greenhouse visitor is pak choi. I have harvested, cooked, and eaten it. Delicious. Now I will wait for its seeds for next season's garden.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tomatoes but then trees

The heirloom tomatoes are ripening, and so are the small tomatoes. I don't know if these are the Campari tomatoes (from seeds I saved from tomatoes bought at Sprouts), or the small tomatoes I had enjoyed last year, or both, or which is which. This follows from my not impeccable labeling, but, heck, the plants are producing.
I have an interesting visitor to the greenhouse, and I do not know what it is. It has brand new florets, and the stalks look edible and juicy. I won't try it until I know what it is:
The tomato vines in the greenhouse have reached the ceiling:
and are full of fruit. So, vegetable life is good.
Now I have to start thinking about my apricot and plum trees. As in the past few years, they both flowered beautifully, only to drop the flowers and develop shriveled and curled leaves. Eventually there is some new leaf growth, and this is healthy. First the apricot, then the plum:

I will prune both trees, then treat them with my spray oil, fertilize them, and keep an eye on them.