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Posts Tagged ‘garden’

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Posted by Bryce Wend on August 4, 2010

Our vegetable garden is finally in full swing! 

Here is a shot of it mid-May.

And here it is mid-July. 

What a difference two months makes!

Herbs

Our herb section is coming right along.  We’ve got more basil, chives and mint than a family of three can handle.  Last weekend I made this pesto sauce for the first time and it turned out wonderful!  I even froze some for winter in baggies.  We’ll see how it holds up come January. 

The mint is growing very well also.  We had to cut it back, it was taking over everything.  Boy does it smell good though!  It made me want a mojito REAL BAD.  But I digress. 

Not fairing so well is the parsley and cilantro.  The poor parsley is so pathetic I couldn’t even bring myself to take a picture of it.  And the cilantro, well it was good for like 4-weeks and then it bolted and we couldn’t keep it down.  It kept wanting to flower and seed.  Cilantro turned out to be a pretty difficult herb to grow as far as maintenance goes.  Bummer for me, I love the stuff.  Perhaps a little more shade next year. 

Salad Veggies

We’re also enjoying a lot of carrots (Little Finger and Berlicum) and lettuce (Merveille de Quatre Saison).  Not fairing so well are the snap peas.  Some type of white mold took over the plants so we ended up pulling them and replanting this week hoping to get a second harvest of them.    

Tomatoes

And then there are these beauties.  Camp Joy Cherries.  My mouth starts watering just thinking about how yummy they’re going to be. 

We’ve also got a couple of heirloom varieties, Henderson’s Pink Ponderosa and some seeds we saved from Casey’s coworker Matt Heintz’ family. 

There is a slight chance that we are going to have more tomatoes than we can handle in a month or two.  I secretly hope this is the case.   

Peppers

We’ve got nine different pepper plants. 

Although after the ‘Great Pepper Mix-Up of 2010’ (read: Mason dumped out all the starters from their labeled containers)… I’m not exactly sure what we are going to end up with. 

Hopefully mostly sweet (Admiral Golden, Vidi Crimson and Valencia Orange) with a couple of Tam Jalepenos thrown in. 

Green Beans

Enjoying the Contender string beans.

Cucumber/Melons

And then there is this…

A hodge-podge of melons and cucumbers growing all over the place.  The sweet melons are Cranes and the Cucumbers are Garden Oasis.  I planted some Lemon Cucumber and not a single one sprouted, which has me stumped, maybe bad seeds? 

No fruit from these guys yet, although we’ve got lot’s of flowers and it’s looking promising!

July 25 Harvest

mint, basil, lettuce, carrots, garlic and onions (green and bulb).

How is your garden doing?  Any suggestions on the problems we’ve stumbled upon?

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Summer Update

Posted by Bryce Wend on July 24, 2010

Life’s been a little crazy round these parts lately.  Well honestly when isn’t it?  All this business of growing a family (literally) and tending to our careers can be a lot to handle sometimes.

Anyway, I wanted to do a quick update on the summer activities since lookie-there we’re already at the end of July!  This is a total random smorgashboard of photos but sums up our lives (well the fun part anyway) over the last couple of months.  Enjoy!

The vegetable garden in mid-May.

Visiting with friends.

Lot’s of role playing going on in our house.

First harvest, heirloom lettuce (Merveille de Quatre Saisons).

And Sugar Ann Snap Peas.

Weekend trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Jelly fish.

And more Jelly fish.

 

Mason’s first room service.

Getting ready for baby sister.

Fourth of July in La Selva Beach.

Fourth of July cupcake.

New Thomas the Train backpack.

Mowing the yard.

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The Vegetable Garden

Posted by Bryce Wend on April 3, 2010

When we did our major yard project a couple of years ago, we had always envisioned a place for raised vegetable boxes.  

Being a corner lot, we started out with a side yard that was directly accessed from the street with little to no privacy and a rolling slope. 

Our vision was to level out the landscape by installing a block wall and capture this space into the backyard.  Here the block wall is installed and the fence is going in.

And the final installation. 

Since it is a little narrow and long it was a good fit for vegetable boxes.  But after a couple years of not being used for much of anything it basically became our giant weed patch. 

So earlier this year, with renewed energy after reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and In Defense of Food the weeding began. 

The cedar was ordered and Casey built the boxes.  We roughly followed these guidelines from my web crush The Pioneer Woman. 

And then the dirt came.  What an exciting day that was for Mason to see a dump truck in our driveway!  Uncle Robert graciously offered his mad dirt shoveling skills.  Not surprisingly, Mason couldn’t just stand around watching.

Dirt is in, irrigation is run!  And Mason continues to provide his assistance with the gardening.

So, it’s beginning of April and we’ve got radishes, carrots, lettuce, garlic and sugar peas started from seed. 

I also have made an attempt to start our tomatoes and peppers inside.  Starting the basil didn’t go so well, looks like I’m going to be buying a couple of plants from the farmer’s market instead.  

Hopefully if all goes well we’ll be enjoying them in a few months!

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