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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Garden gleaningsPosted Monday, July 27, 2009, at 8:59 AM
Bolivian Rainbow Peppers (borrowed from Tomato Growers Supply)
One big plus is the occasional rains we are getting. The figs are starting to fill out, tomatoes being given out every other day and Deb has her okra. One okra plant is OK with me but to get a meal we needed several so...we have about 12. Pretty flowers, but I doubt I will ever add it to my favorite list.
We ate fresh soybeans this weekend and my overzealous re-seeding is doing well, so the problem I had with germinating previously must have been trying to start them in seed trays. It has worked in the past, but not this time. Maybe the extra woody starting mix did not give good soil to seed contact.
We had the most delicious serving of fresh carrots last night. Simple boiling with a little butter, but I swore Deb must have put some sugar in there. I expected that I left them in the ground too long and they might be tough and strong flavored, but just the opposite. These were left-over from when we had a bunny, so I planted them more as a clean-up effort more than expecting a meal. I think I will plant more!
The beets are tonight. Funny how the smallest plant above ground provided the biggest beat below ground.
I need to pick the second picking of green beans today. When the first crop was picked I pulled have the plants to make room for some later plantings of a different kind, but left the other have to re-bloom and produce. They've done their job but I have not done mine with the new planting. Aah, more round to-its.
Mike brought some pumpkins, datura and Bolivian Rainbow hot (hot) peppers to last meeting. I can not wait to get a large container to plant the pepper, since he was mentioned over-wintering it for another beautiful year. I could use one of out cat litter buckets, but the somehow that image does not compute well in my mind.
I have been wanting to put some moisture retaining product in my pots and the diaper idea has never gained popularity in my mind but someone at the meeting gave us tip of planting raw oatmeal in the soil. The swelling action must work similar to the more expensive water beads and eventually decomposes into the soil. At least my plants should be able to lower their cholesterol.
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