Saturday, May 31, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
The row is a bit off, but here they are! I was able to get 5 pots for .99 each, 4 of which were twins (two in one pot), making 9 stalks total. I may have more corn than I can possibly eat come August!
The cantaloupe are coming right along, blooming and making little knots of melon.
The Green Zebra are right behind with about 20 on the vine.
Purple Cherokee have three so far. I've been shaking them like crazy to get more, as well as rubbing flowers together (ya know, fake tomato sex). Not much more, but lots of blooms.
The Mortgage Lifter will not be paying off my mortgage this year, at least not yet. I have one little tomato on it right now. Again, I've been shaking it like crazy and trying to mate the blooms, but no more yet.
This isn't the worst, though. The laziest vines so far have been Boxcar Willie and the tomatillos (the reason for searching for the friend in the first place). There have been plenty of blooms, but they have been withering before they could be pollinated.The French Green Beans have actual beans on them. Several are probably ready to pick, hopefully enough to have for dinner either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
On a better note, this was our lunch today. A mostly organic, mostly local meal.
Tomatoes: grape and pear; organic, from the garden.
Chard: red, hot pink, orange, green, white; organic, from the garden
Chicken: organic, Texas raised from Central Market
Bacon: organic, Texas raised, also from Central Market
Romain lettuce: Origin a mystery, from Belknap (Sayer's) Farmer's Market
Celery: Origin a mystery, also from Belknap (Sayer's) Farmer's Market
The whole thing was especially good because the tomatoes and chard were picked yesterday!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Here is where the wait comes in. The potatoes have mostly grown over the top of the containers, with the Purple Peruvian being the slowest of the group. I have get another bag of soil to "top them off" and then continue watering. We'll see what happens in September when it is time to harvest them!
Monday, May 19, 2008
On a side note, I woke up Sunday morning to find this beautiful little bloom pod on my gardenia bush.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
This is the giant so far. The Yellow Pear tomato is almost 4 1/2 feet tall. I'll have to get my mom to stand next to it (at 5' 2") so that the size can really be appreciated.
Now, I do have other things growing besides my food garden...
Friday, May 9, 2008
As the title of this post states: is this an unfortunate name or unfortunate ice cream? I say maybe a little of both. The picture on the tub has Andie's Candies type mints on it. I like Andie's Candies, so I thought, "Why not?"
I had a hard time getting past the name though. Mojito and ice cream do not scream combination of success. Especially with chocolate. I started thinking of the ingredients in a mojito and it confused me even more. I get the mint, I get the rum flavoring. Those work with chocolate. It is the lime that was throwing me off. Lime and chocolate? I don't think so... but that obviously didn't stop me since it is sitting on my stove in the picture.
I took some time with this one. I didn't immediately dig into the tub. I'm not the crazy ice cream eater most people are, but I do go for the strange flavors. Once I scooped some up though, I noticed the chocolate sauce swirl mixed in. It turned out to be where the rum flavoring was added. The chunks of mint were nice. From what I could tell, there was no lime flavor anywhere to be had in this ice cream. The mint was overpowering, though. It was like having a frozen creme de mente grasshopper.
It was "okay" but probably nothing I would ever buy again. It was, basically, After Dinner Mint on steroids. Not really a "mojito." So, my conclusion is that there is a definite unfortunate name game going on at the Braum's plant in Oklahoma.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Two Saturdays ago I bought some strawberries, watermelon and cantalope plants.
I planted the watermelon and cantalopes in the driveway. I was afraid they would get ran over because the fence is brown (you can't even see it in the picture, can you?). So, I placed old, dead CDs on strings to act as reflectors. They work very well and have an eerie glow at night.
Um... I should have a picture of the strawberries in the strawberry pots placed right here. I don't know why I didn't take a picture of them!?!
Mom and I stopped and had a nice pot of tea (not local- Harrod's Earl Grey #42, YUM!) and blueberry scones from the Artisan Bread Company purchased at the Cowtown Farmer's Market. This was on an unrealistically cold last Sunday in April (27th).I bought this terribly expensive organic potting soil from the feed store. It's from Austin. I had no clue that Miracle Grow now made an organic potting soil (but now I have two bags of 2 cubic feet each which cost the same as this lovely 1 cubic foot Lady Bug stuff). The potatoes are now not going to be nearly as expensive to grow as they once were.