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July Update

It has been a while since I updated on my mini garden.   You know how it goes … summer is busy.   And, well, plants just grow.   (hopefully)

Today seemed like a good day to share because we just ate some fresh green beans.   It wasn’t a big harvest but it was enough for a good side dish to a meal.   Not too shabby for three small plants, in my opinion.

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My favorite way to cook green bean is credited to The Pioneer Woman, click HERE to see how it’s done.

The peppers are still growing … albeit very slowly.   They are being attacked by black ants.   Peppermeister told me to use some baking soda to protect them.   It seems to be working for the time being.  (fingers crossed)

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How’s your garden growing?   Any good harvests yet?    I’m holding out for a homegrown tomato.   (Soon.   Mmmmm.)


The First Harvest

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The weather here is still all over the map but my mini-greenhouses are doing pretty well.   I had to cover everything recently for a flash flood-type of thunderstorm that, in reality, only lasted a few minutes, but would have devastated my tender little plants if they had been exposed.   The overnight temperatures haven’t been too bad.   However, it does flirt with the freezing mark on a regular basis despite hitting near 90 the other day.   I live in a crazy dry … and very wide ranging little climate zone.

So, every little success must be celebrated.   Today, we celebrated GREENS.   Mmmmmm.     There were just enough greens for me and the Fresh Hubs to each have a big, green salad for lunch today.   Lucky us.

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Mesclun, not to be confused with Mescaline … completely different fruit of the desert.

Blue kale.   Take that, Whole Foods!   Boom.

Blue kale. Take that, Whole Foods! Boom.

Green beans, almost ready to climb

Green beans, almost ready to climb

the peppers are still in their milkjug greenhouses, sensitive little boogers

the peppers are still in their milkjug greenhouses, sensitive little boogers

Grow, DAMN YOU, grow!

Grow, DAMN YOU, grow!

In all it's glory. and hard earned, GREENS.

In all it’s glory and hard earned, GREENS.


The Sprouts Keep Growing

It has been a couple of weeks so I thought I would check in and let everyone know how the sprouts are doing.    Current status:  pretty darn good.

The weather here is fairly unpredictable and, in between snow showers, it has hit the 90 degree mark.   ( Ya, I know.   Too weird.)

We made a bird netting system to keep the big pests out and take the tops of the mini greenhouses off when it gets hot.   It’s a pretty simple cover rig so we can switch it right back when the weather flip flops and we need the greenhouse lids again.imageI am happy to report that I have three kinds of lettuce, kale, carrots, green beans, cilantro and chives all doing their sprout-y business.

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I’m pretty proud of my pepper sprouts in the milk jug greenhouses.   They are coming along but I haven’t braved cutting the tops all the way off just yet.   Maybe, next month.   In the meantime, I take the top lids of the milk jugs off on the hot days for extra ventilation.    Otherwise, they get steamy little saunas all day.   I think they like it.   The nights are still pretty cool here so they are getting the full range.   (And, that’s why they are so hard to grow from seed here.   Wish me luck!)

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The Long, Dry Winter

Hello … is anyone still out there?

It has been a while since I’ve dusted off the keys and posted something on this site.   I’ve been busy.   Ha ha, haven’t we all?

And, because of that, things are under construction here at “Fresh Veggies.”   I will not be subscribing to a CSA this year.   I will be attempting to kill (uh, grow) my own veggies.

WHAT??!  WHY?   Don’t I still love Lattin Farms?   Yes, I love Lattin Farms.   And, mostly likely, I will still purchase their offerings this year.   But, I’m not doing the CSA.   Because of the current drought and water allocation for Lattin Farms, the growing season will be shorter and limited.   Sooooooo … I’m going to tough it out in the suburbs and figure out how to make things grow, too.

My husband also has a green thumb.   We are in this together.   And, he’s handy so he built me some mini-greenhouses to get started.

Here’s what I’ve got going on so far:

PVC fixin's to get the greenhouses together

PVC fixin’s to get the greenhouses together

Recycled old milk jugs for mini-hot houses

Recycled old milk jugs for mini-hot houses

Greenhouse bases with plastic lining

Greenhouse bases with plastic lining

Good garden soil

Good garden soil

Seeds planted, lids on ... grow babies grow!

Seeds planted, lids on … grow babies grow!

Personal saunas for future transplants

Personal saunas for future transplants

 

Are you wondering what I have planted in my little greenhouses?   Stay tuned … if they ever actually grow, I’ll report back.   If not, I’ll be shopping at Lattin Farms.   Either way, all good.

What are you planting this year?


The Practice of Producing Pepper Plants

Last year, I took up an offer for some free pepper seeds.   Not just ordinary old seeds from any store or even specialty seeds from the overpriced home garden shop, I got seeds from a fellow blogger.   Blogmeister, if you will:   The Peppermeister.    Sir Pep happily shared a nice bounty of pepper seeds and I have attempted to make them grow.

Attempt is the key word here, people.   Attempt.

Here are my lovelies in late March, all full of hope and dreams:

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I was particularly proud of my nice little labels for all of the varieties that I was going to soon harvest.   Please comment on how nice the labels are, it will make me feel better.

Take a look at my first born sprout.   This is a magic moment in Pepperkind.

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Progress is happening … aren’t they pretty?

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Here, my lovelies were growing nicely and the weather was getting warm so I decided it was time to migrate my seedlings to a protected area out in the yard.

HONESTLY, I attempted to protect them.   Attempt is the key word again.   Ugh.

Devastation.    It was colder that day than expected and the direct sunlight was not kind.   Dammit.

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Well, a few survived and I’m still attempting to produce a few pepper plants.   Wish me luck.  I’ll keep you posted.

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