Monday, June 28, 2010

Garden happenings

In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it. ~ Frank Mckinney Hubbard......

This quote is very true and I'm sure it is true of all things we are very passionate about. With gardening you can't just start some seed and forget about must attend to it daily....and such is the reason I haven't had much time to blog lately... I have been living "in it" for sure....In addition, I started a new job and we are working Saturdays at the farmer's market.....then there's all those summer time chores....I finally found a few minutes to share some pictures of what's going on in the garden so goes...

The Nasturtiums are needing to get in the ground...after all they ARE already blooming...sheesh...where does my time go? This gardening season has been a rough one with all the rain and cool temps so hopefully everything catches up soon.

With the help of Bent I was able to get about 80 pepper plants in the ground on Sunday...good thing because as you can see they were putting on peppers in the greenhouse. We have several varieties: Ancho, Jalapeno, Serrano, King of the North, Orange Sun, Orange and Purple Bells, Tollis Sweet Italian, Red Habanero, Red Cayenne and Bulgarian Carrot Peppers.

I am very pleased with the Hill Country Red Okra (from Seed Savers Exchange) is doing quite well and putting on little baby okras : ) Okra is rather difficult to grow in our region because of the short season...but it appears to be right on track.

This is my first try on growing Broccoli looks interesting but it is quite a bit behind the regular varieties. If anyone has tried the Romanesco, I would love to hear if it tastes like regular broccoli.

The purple tomatillos are starting to produce little babies as well. These are also new to my garden. I grew one regular tomatillo plant 2 years ago and we had them coming out our ears. This year I have some great tomatillo salsa recipes to try them in : )

The Totem Patio Tomatoes are doing well. I started these under grow lights in late February...they just need to ripen now....(yummy)

Last but not least....the spuds...(we are from Idaho ya know?) Let's hear for the potatoes!!! ....they are doing very well despite the nasty freeze they endured...we have Red Norland, Russett, Yukon Gold and Red Lasoda.


  1. You don't have a garden - it's a farm! Gosh...that's alot of stuff you have there. 80 pepper plants?

  2. I grew the Romenesco Broccoli one year and found it to be more like cauliflower than broccoli.

    I sure hope you give away or sell your produce or have a REALLY large family to share all that you will be producing!

  3. I must agree with Engineeredgarden, that's not a garden, it is most definitely a farm. Everything is looking spectacular.

  4. EG, feels like a farm! Most of the peppers will be to sell at the market and then we preserve a lot of them too.

  5. Rachel, I love cauliflower and broccoli so that's good to know..thanks! We are selling at the farmer's market and yes we also have a large family : )

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