Friday, July 29, 2011

Visiting Granny

For those of you who wonder what happened to me, after having a baby we have had lots of guest so blogging was one of the first things to loose priority.  Right now we are visiting my wife's granny and when we get home I'll try to do a garden update.  I have been taking pictures even though I have not posted them.  I'll also have more pictures of Ruth.

I have been reading Perennial Vegetables and Edible Forest Gardens Volume I, both great reads. Perennial Vegetables is a great resource for any gardener/permaculture practitioner any where in north america, including Hawaii and Alaska, or any similar temperate climate.  Edible Forest Gardens Volume I, is a great read/text book/resource on who, what, when, where, why, and how of forest ecosystems and how to apply the knowledge to your personal forest garden.  Volume I is mainly dealing with the science and theory, and Volume II is how to use this to information it to your food forest.  I'll do a full review of both of these books when I get home.  

Friday, July 1, 2011

Garden Bounty

Here are some pictures of what I picked today, the pumpkin and one of the acorn squash were from last week.  The tiles are 4"x4" for scale.  The things that look like small tomatillos in the last picture are ground cherries.  The melon in front of the pumpkin is a charentais.  There are golden wax beans, Asparagus beans, green beans, and black eye peas starting at the top left and going counter clockwise.

Garden Update 7-1-11 ** Vines everywhere

It has been about a month since my last garden update. Now all 5 varieties of beans are producing, I have been harvesting corn for a week, I'm getting about 5-10 pounds of tomatoes per week, My cucumbers are producing 8-10 pounds per week, not counting the Armenian Snake melons that taste like cucumbers.  I have also harvested a couple of Charentais melons.

My melon bed has doubled in size because of the vigor of the vines.  The squash vines are still producing, My tomato vines range from 4' tall for the short one to 8'  tall for the tall one.  My cucumber vines are maxed out on their trellis and still trying to climb. My grape vines are finally starting to catch up and grow vigorously.