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I went out into the garden today, to see that over the past three days the broccoli bloomed. Yep, little yellow flowers. So I've harvested 6 out of 9 plants, leaving three on one end that have been lagging behind all season. Those three have got little bitty heads on them, so I think I'll leave them a couple days more, but the six that I've harvested are, I think, done.

The poor brussels sprouts didn't produce at all for me. I think I planted them way too late. February first is really a bit after their ideal plant by time. I'll start some for the next winter season at the end of October, and see if I can overwinter them and get them to produce. I think it's just too hot for them.

I also need to find out what eats the (expletive deleted) worms that have been chewing them to bits. I left the brussels sprouts in the ground, even after it became obvious they weren't doing well, because I wanted the worms to eat them, instead of my broccolis. Sadly, the worms have finally found the broccoli, and gone to town on them. :(

In other news, the tomato seedlings I planted out (was it two weeks ago?) are doing well. I've noticed that the ones in the ground are noticeably taller and healthier looking than the ones in the earth boxes. Phooey. I think it's the microorganisms in the soil, possibly earthworms, too. The earthboxes don't have worms, the soil is different in them... Sigh. I've got one Arkansas Traveler in a box, and one in the ground, and the ground one is a good two inches taller already.

I think I may start a couple more tomatoes, for an extended harvest (and cause I like tomatoes.) Besides, both my Rutger's tomatoes are in a box, and I soo want some to eat! I'm sure they'll produce, I just feel greedy.

Oh, I know, I'll make some compost tea! With molasses and apple cider vinegar. mmm. Plant yummies.

Waiting for me to make room for them are 6 okra plants, 6 (or 12, if I don't thin them) zucchinis, a basil, a marjoram, and an oregano. I need to pick up a pot for my lemon thyme (I already know better than to try to grow thyme outside). Also coming along, I started some zucchini seeds last week, and they're poking up too. Yay!

It occurs to me to wonder where I think I'm going to stick all these plants...
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Well, I just stuck some seeds in peat pots. We'll see how they do. :) (see, I'm being all laconic farmer person.)

That would be:

8 Broccoli Romanesco
8 Bibb lettuce
8 Sweet Oregon Sugar Peas
8 Rutger's Tomatoes
4 Rio Grande Tomatoes
4 Arkansas Traveler Tomatoes
8 Cherokee Purple Tomatoes

If they all come up, and I wind up with too many baby plants, I may splurge on pots and create potted tomatoes for all my friends! With companion basils.

Once these come up, and start needing sun, I'll use the rest of the peat pots in the greenhouse thingy to start the herbs that 'need light to germinate'. Bastards. Anyway, all the need light ones need to start later in the season anyway, so I think it'll work out ok.

Wow, look at me being all gardeny. :D Yay!

Oh, and if any of you reading along want or need icons, I made a bunch today. They're in my other blog, free for the taking. Lots of plant and food icons. Tasty tasty!
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Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] gailmom went on a weekend trip to Austin, leaving me all alone in the house. Mwah ha ha... er, uh, I mean, oh, goody, I can clean!

Anyway, I went to the superstore of doom, and picked up a few things. I got 2 cubic feet of organic compost, 40lbs of organic humus, a grape tomato plant, a Roma tomato, a jalapeno, golden bell and sweet banana pepper (that's three plants,) six marigolds and nine spinaches. Also, some seeds for lettuce and peas.

Today, I got up rather early (for me, anyway), and started doing a little work in the yard. I pulled some mystery weed from the side and front yards. You see, the city easement along the fence is full (!) of mystery weed. I call it sticky weed, cause I don't know what the frell it is! It sticks to your clothes, shoes, hands... gloves. Everything. It propagates like crazy, grows super fast, and likes poor soils. If it's edible, I'll be really happy, cause at least then it'd have some use. The problem is, I don't know what it is.

If you know what it is, please tell me!

mystery weed
The easement, along the side yard. Full of the stuff! Also, it's creeping into the neighbor's front yard, our front yard, (all the way up to the walk), and our back yard (all the way over next to the house!)

mystery weed2
A close up of a single plant. The roots are very thin, easily pulled up. It has tiny white flowers with five petals. The seeds are sticky, when it has seeds. The entire plant is sticky. It starts small, and grows to shockingly large size. I've seen strands of it three feet long.

bucket o mystery weed
The bucket full that I pulled from the front and side yards. It's invasive! Argh! It's coming to get me!

After I tired myself out pulling weeds, I set up another three of the EarthBoxes. This time, instead of using topsoil and potting soil, it's organic compost and humus. This mix is much lighter, and nearly all organic material. I used a two to one ration, compost to humus. This will be very similar to the mix I've proposed for the raised beds.

Into these I stuck the new plants. I know they look a bit crowded, but I feel safe crowding them a bit in these containers, with this soil mix.

box plants
In this pic, you can see the difference in the soils between the new mix, and what we used for the onions. You can also see that the onions are coming along. The reds are doing better than the yellows; in the box pictured, half is red, half yellow. The two new boxes here have everything but the spinach.

There are nine spinach plants here. (Actually, since a couple of the starts had two plants, there are more than nine.) I plan to thin this box out as they grow, giving us baby spinach, young spinach, and mature spinach at the end of it's growing season. Mmm. Fresh spinach!

In case you're wondering about the broccoli and brussels sprouts I planted earlier this month...
side garden
Here they are, in a long shot down the side bed. The closer to the house ones are the brussels sprouts. They all have new leaves, larger leaves are coming in, and they've all grown two to three inches in height. Woot! Brassicas! Yum yum yum!

pumpkin I think
Sorry it's blurry, I got a little close. But, this is one of the seedlings coming up that I think are pumpkins! Check out how huge those leaves are! That's a quarter next to it. I don't really have a problem growing pumpkins, even by accident. I like pumpkins, and given how many pumpkin pies I made last fall, I don't think it's a bad thing to have a few plants around. I hadn't planned on growing pumpkins, so I think I'll do a little research on exactly how big the vines get, and whether I should worry about them out competing my broccoli.

If you've got a flickr account, you can go look at more pictures of the garden stuff, including some food porn upclose shots of the plants. I use the same username for everything, so my flickr stream is under gryphynshadow.

Now, I need to go sweep and wash dishes. Or not. I mean, I did work hard today...

Happy Valentine's Day!!!


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