Friday, October 30, 2015

The last vegetable Hurrah!
Near-freezing temperatures are in the forecast, and I decided to collect what's left in the garden, except for a few squashes. Here it is! Miniature cantaloupe, miniature zucchini, weak-sauce beans (a disappointing performer this summer), tomatoes, huge specimens of zucchina lunga. I made practically no use of zucchina lunga this summer: one dish of tenerumi pasta, and one ratatouille dish. Both good, I must say.
The picture confirms the success of the tomato crop. The largest of the heirloom tomatoes pictured weighs in at 1 pound. I hope they all ripen. The green tomatoes are in front of the shop window.
The apple crop has also been excellent, and we have made apple sauce, apple crisp, apple pie, and eaten the fruit. Don't have a picture of the apples, but I have one of some of our grapes:

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tomatoes
This year my most successful crop was tomatoes. My two largest heirloom tomatoes, so far, grew to weigh 567 g (1.4 oz) and 449 g (15.8 oz) respectively.


The other tomatoes aren't too shabby, either, and I have made several batches of tomato sauce, already in the freezer. More fruit is still on the vine.

Now it's time to start harvesting apples and grapes.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Tomato, Eggplant
My largest tomato weighs in at 14.6 oz, here viewed top and bottom:


The oldest of the three eggplants is the (smaller) yellow brother. What caused its strange color? Its texture was thicker than its brothers', but we ate it anyway.
Today, with the help of a helpful U of Az extension Master Gardener, I learned about the problem with the beans in the greenhouse: spider mites.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fungus? Virus?
All plants in the greenhouse are suffering from something. I want to try to find out what the problem is. The leaves are blotched, as in this poor quality picture:

I have removed the damaged eggplant leaves, but the fruit seems healthy:

The tomatoes are of two colors, but this doesn't come out in the photo:

Friday, September 18, 2015

Watermelon
The time has come for my midget watermelon to be cut open. Here it is with friends, before and after the operation:

I ate some of it, but it had mushy texture and little taste. The remains now are making compost. I have, however, saved some seeds, hoping to grow another plant or two next summer.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Heirloom Tomatoes
My tomatoes are doing well this year, and they are good sized, as shown here against the background of the chain link fence:


Thursday, September 3, 2015

All kinds of things
Having seen the unprecedented explosion of views and comments, I feel obligated to post. And post I will.
The watermelon suffered the attacks of a cruel killer, probably downy mildew. I uprooted the shriveled vine and saved the immature melon (pictured below among friends, oranges and peaches in the same bowl--a sample of my excellent tomato crop in another bowl and the zucchina lunga encircling the extended family). One can see how immature the poor thing is. I don't have the heart to throw it away.
BUT, I have good news: my Zuccherino is growing:
as are some other cousins:

along with a more distant relative, the zucchina lunga:

And mushrooms are popping up here and there:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Squash
We have been eating zucchini and delicatas:

Today I planted some of my fall veggies, red chard and spinach (lavawa).
The tomatoes are producing well. We have eaten them in salads and I have made tomato sauce for our spaghetti, twice. I have enough picked to make more sauce and freeze it.
I have also harvested tenerumi and zucchina lunga. Here is where one can find out more about these and how to cook them:
http://worldrecipes.expo2015.org/it/ricetta-penne_con_crema_di_tenerumi_e_ricotta_salata_14107.html
The beans are disappointing. The plants in the greenhouse are diseased, from what looks like Mexican bean beetle. But I am not done with my research.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Eggplant, Watermelon
I have harvested the first eggplant. We have eaten them. Delicious.
On the bad side: my volunteer watermelon is suffering (and not growing).

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Watermelon, Squash, Eggplant, Herbs, Grapes
Everything is growing, most notably my volunteer watermelon:


and also my volunteer butternut:

I am looking forward to the eggplant producing well. Here is a baby one:

My grapes aren't bad, either:

and mint is the uncontested boss of the herb garden:


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tomatoes, Tenerumi, Grapes
The garden is coming along. One of my heirloom tomato plants has decent size fruit:
The tenerumi squash is growing (here are two of three plants that grew):
A volunteer squash of an as yet undetermined variety has taken over one of my compost bins, growing spectacularly ahead of its planted kin:

And the grapevines have some fruit:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tomato
I have not been recording what I have transplanted. But I have transplanted. Three tenerumi squash; 5 zucchini; 4 Amber Cup.
And I have harvested the first pair of tomatoes. Miniscule though they are, they give me much pleasure as I stare at them in the saucer, 6.1/4" diameter, the smaller one with a diameter no longer than a dime. There will be more.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Eggplant, Squash
Last season's eggplant crop was a bust. This year I started with seeds (for everything) and I hope things will go better. The eggplant does look good:
Last year's squash of all kinds came out of my ears. I'll be more conservative this time. The seedlings are doing well, and I will transplant them in the penitentiary very soon.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tomatoes
I found some healthy tomatoes in my greenhouse and I transplanted them. The largest ones are in the vegetable penitentiary; the rest in pots, some on the patio, and a couple hugging a tree:

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Artichoke, Raspberry
The first artichoke is forming:
Of the three raspberry plants I started last year, one made it through the winter and has its first flower:

Monday, May 4, 2015

Chard and Spinach
Last week we again feasted on chard,

and today I harvested the first spinach of the season:
here lying next to some fruity cousins:

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Seedlings
The seedlings are now full fledged adolescents. I have had to transplant all of them in larger pots. I have put some in the greenhouse; the others remain under the grow light in front of the window in my shop. I have two long eggplants, two zuccherini, and lots of tomatoes. My tenerumi did not germinate. I left the squash outside all winter and they didn't survive. I'll have to try again later.
I am ready to harvest the mesclun in the greenhouse, the spinach in the window garden, and what's left of the kale in the greenhouse. The chard continues to produce.
The broccoli I planted in the wagon garden are doing well.
The cucumber, the zucchini, the butternut and delicata squash, and the beans can be planted a little later.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Wild Flower
Wild flowers are everywhere. Here's one in the yard, enjoying a gentle spring sprinkle.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Apple Tree in Bloom
Unlike the apricot, the peach, and the plum, the apple tree sprouted leaves first. And now the blossoms are coming ...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Plum Tree; Rosemary
The plum tree is in full bloom:
And so is the rosemary:

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Blossoms, Broccoli
The dry blossoms are falling off the apricot tree. There won't be apricots again.
The bees were swarming around the white flesh peach, here viewed from the deck:
And the volunteer peach is looking good:

We continue to enjoy our chard:
and today I planted broccoli in the wagon garden. The mesclun and the spinach are sprouting.