Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Some of our harvest so far...

Potato Harvest

We planted potatoes for the first time and had a great harvest!
We're excited to make something interesting with the blue potatoes!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

A nice harvest

This is a photo of the latest harvest. The potatoes you see are all the potatoes we've dug up to date, but the onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers are all from today. This year, we are doing pretty poorly with cucumbers, possibly because of planting them in the same spot as last year, or possibly because of not getting enough light due to the pear tree, which has really grown into a shade producer, or possibly because of all the rain we got in June & July. Who knows? Meanwhile, we're getting HUGE numbers of tomatoes, at which we pretty much failed in past years.

Onions were a new choice for us this year and they did not disappoint. Some were small, some were large, but they have a fantastic, slightly sweet, slightly peppery flavor. We fried some in oil (with no breading, damn you Atkins) and they were phenomenal! I wish I knew what breed they are, they were from Home Depot so I don't have much info on them. We're definitely doing them again next year.

We started tomatoes from seed, of course, but when I was worried that they would never mature sufficiently to be planted outside I went and got 2 plants from the nursery. Those are Rutgers tomatoes, which I thought I'd try in honor of Adam and Tracy's alma mater. They are okay, they do have a nice flavor, and are moderate in size, but they have a tendency to ripen only halfway up the fruit, and then start to rot. You have to use them pretty quickly after picking them; I've put some in the window to finish ripening and they went from not-quite-ripe to bad without stopping in the middle for eating. Too bad. Meanwhile, the other variety, the ones we planted as seed, have been starting to yield big softball sized fruit which have a wonderful, sweet flavor. They taste like you hope a tomato will taste when you bite into it or slice it up. We've been eating them with home grown basil and knots of mozzarella. Yum!

The potatoes are Swedish fingerling; they ALL grew from some renegades that I failed to find when harvesting the tiny crappy almost non-harvest of last year. This crop is only finger-sized if you are Shrek! They're good sized and look like they will taste great. We can't even try them yet. After the wedding, when we can ease back on the Atkins, we can try some and see. Basically we have to give most of them away, so post a comment or email us if you want a potful.

Finally, the little "chocolate cherry tomatoes" there are actually kind of gross. They are super sweet; they don't taste like chocolate, fortunately, but they still have a flavor I'm not crazy about. They have mostly overripened on the vine because I wasn't able to tell when they were ready; one that I picked today actually burst in my hand as I was just holding it (and it wasn't a nice feeling. It kind of felt like Invasion of the Body Snatchers). Anyway, that's an experimental choice that we won't repeat.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Some lovely flowers...

Finally some of the plants are starting to take off

(Many) more can be seen in the Flickr set

Photos! Finally!

Tomatoes, peppers, string beans, herbs, and the last photo is the strawberry patch on the side of the house.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

First Harvest!

We got a most excellent cuke yesterday! Looks like we're about to get a ton!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Pictures from the Bruno garden

Here are some pictures from our garden, as promised long ago. At least I took these on a real camera instead of my iphone.

A lime tree and a 'citrus tree' (oranges, lemons, and limes) in pots.

Peanut plants, growing in a pot. This is our first year, no idea how this will turn out.

Pumpkin plants, slowing taking over the world - or at least our backyard.

Two hazelnut trees. We have a 3rd near the raspberries. A pot with strawberries is to the left along with more flowers in front.

Fig tree. Actually got a few figs from it last year which is when we planted it.

One of many tomato plants. Some flowers in the front of the beds.

Upside down tomato planter. Has a morning glory plant climbing up one of the legs. A pot with lettuce and more tomato plants flanks it on the left.

Our new deck, flanked on either side with tomato plants and blueberry plants on either side of the steps. We're going to have tons of tomatoes this year, there are already a bunch of green tomatoes on all our plants.

Couple of raspberry plants against the fence... some are flowering, will see if we get any actual raspberries later.

Pear tree - this guy will apparently produce 5 types of pears... someday.

Cucumbers (3). We also planted a different type in pots. We already harvested some cucumbers from but types of plants. Pickle time?

Zucchini plants (3) These guys are getting pretty big already and starting to overshadow the eggplant plants to their right.

Potato plants - white and blue. This is our first year planting these, no clue how they will turn out. The plants are getting big though.

Close up of grapes. They are about the size of peas right now - maybe a bit bigger.

Grapes... sprawling across 3 trellises now. Planted these last year.

Cherry tree, year 2

Two avocado plants that we started growing indoors and then planted outside.

Peas and random lettuce that decided to seed itself near by.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Hey gang

Adam told me about his gardening blog a while back but I finally took the time to get involved.

Renee and I have been gardening for years now. We're looking forward to reading about what all of you have been planting and how successful you were as well as sharing what we're up to.

We have the following planted this year:
Tomatoes (several varieties which I cannot name - because I can't remember!)
Some of these are growing upside down in an upside down tomato planter - with herbs on top
Potatoes (both white and blue - first year we've tried potatoes)
Cucumbers (had a lot of success with these last year and pickled quite a few, even made relish)
Zucchini (every year these seem to take over the garden, they are always huge - too much miracle grow?)
Peas (had a lot of luck with these last year)
Green Beans (also had a lot of luck with these last year but we only have a few this year, instead of a ton of plants like last year)
Peanuts (first year)
Lettuce (red and green - not sure the green variety name, I don't eat lettuce!)
Blueberries (3 different varieties, which I'm sure will all taste the same, 2 plants are new)
Raspberries (red and amber - first year for us)
Blackberries (also first year)
Strawberries (started them in a pot last year and they proceeded to sprawl on the ground near by and came back this year)
Pumpkins (orange and white varieties - we grew these once before at our old house and they took over the back yard)
3 Hazelnut trees (still very young and likely won't produce for years)
Fig Tree (we planted this last year and got a few figs out of it)
Cherry Tree (still very young and likely won't produce for years)
Pear Tree (still very young and likely won't produce for years - apparently produces several kinds of pears - some genetically engineered frankenpear tree or something)
Nectarine Tree (still very young and likely won't produce for years)

I think that's it, but I might have forgotten some things.

Of course we have a ton of flowers and crap too :)

Hopefully I'll get a chance to upload some photos soon.

Inviting two new survivors

As well all know, the slavering jaws of the unstoppable inexorable undead hordes draws ever nearer, and in that vein, Tom and his lovely wife Renee (as well as their unborn child, who though it makes Renee slower in the short term, it makes her that much fiercer in the battle to protect her progeny) are plannin' on joining our little grow-op. Maybe they'll post some pictures of the bounty they're stockpiling against the grey hordes?

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Hey ya buncha chumps!

Lets see some pics! I havent seen your garden in like 3 weeks!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Lettuce Prey.

So, though our lettuce is kicking ass, some damn thing is eating my cabbages. We cannot for the life of us figure out what might be boring tiny holes in the brussels sprouts leaves. It is very frustrating.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Zombie Brussels sprouts

The Brussels Sprouts are back from the dead, they are giant and threaten to dominate the garden. This reporter would like to be the first to welcome our new zombie decorative cabbage overlords.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Here's the way cool organized shed wall:

So, the plants we put in the ground last weekend

all died. There are 1 or 2 okras that are possibly still hanging on, but probably they will die too. And all the cucumbers - dead. I think it was because of the fucking plastic mulch "paper" I got at Home Depot when I ran out of the actual paper stuff; the paper stuff is quite permeable, whereas the plastic, which claims to be, is not. I used this stuff around some of our plantings in year 0 and wherever I used it, it kept 95% fewer weeds from coming up than elsewhere. Apparently the plastic stuff keeps 100% of all things from growing wherever it is, because no water could get through.

So yesterday I went over to Ploch's and bought a bunch of seedlings of cucumbers, as well as 3 peppers, 1 oregano, 2 tomatoes ("Rutgers" varietal) and 3 arugula plants. We still have lots of seeds starting in our window, but I'm hedging our bets. And I also think it would be better to let the seedlings get a little more established before we put them in the ground. They seem kind of wimpy to stand up to the 90 degree weather we are having. (Apropos of which, WTF? It's, uh, APRIL!)

Also I took up the plastic mulch sheeting and put down more of the paper stuff that I got at Ploch's. That place is overpriced and the high school guys who work there are nimrods, but they have everything and it's a proper nursery, which HD just isn't.

I'll put up a picture or two on my blog of the spaghetti sauce Adam made today. It tastes fantastic!

Monday, April 20, 2009

More stuff.

I'm sure my lady has pictures, but our garden is in full swing, the vast majority of our planting is done, and the shed is organized, we can even close the door now!

We had a salad with some of our little lettuces with the roast I made and it was most excellent. Now to ensure we eat enough salads to keep them from taking over the universe, and also to figure out how to deal with the brussels sprout that overwintered.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

First day of gardening, 2009

Here we go with 2009 vegetable gardening! Adam planted brussels sprouts and lettuce, if you can believe it:

The large green lettuce (above) and the large brussels sprout plant (below) actually survived the winter, and look to be ready for a second season. I had no idea this could happen!