Monday, May 20, 2013

Harvest Monday - May 20, 2013

The first harvest of the season is very exciting!!!  Asparagus!!! 

Freshly harvested Asparagus!!
Can you see the spears?
In other garden news, this year all 3 apple trees are blooming!!  Super Excited!  Last year two of the trees took a break and didn't even bloom.  The third bloomed, but since there was no cross pollination, no apples..
Apple trees
Plum trees just done blooming
Cherry tree blossoms
up close.....
For others' harvests go to Daphne's Dandelions............ 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Seedlings 2013

This year I started my pepper and eggplant seeds beginning of March.  I've noticed that they take the longest time to germinate.  Beginning April, I started tomatoes, melons, and flowers - dahlia, zinnia, marigolds etc.,  Ichiban Eggplant is a new variety for me.  Other than that I have FairyTale, Mixed nad Long Purple varieties of eggplants.  Peppers are red and green bell peppers, banana peppers, KungPao and Cayenne chili peppers.  I also managed to germinate 6 bittergourd seeds out of 20+ seeds saved from a grocery store bittergourd. 

This year, I've downsized on varieties of tomatoes. Brandywine, Beefsteak, Rutgers and Early girl. Melons are personal size watermelon and Sweet and Early cantelope(just like last year).  Here's how they've grown. Then there's red and green cabbage, brocolli and kohlrabi. 

Our time for planting hot weather plants outdoors is after Memorial day. Until then, they bask in the sunlight near a window....

Dahlia, Bittergourd
Kohlrabi, Marigold
Tomatoes, Eggplants
Peppers and Eggplants
Ichiban and Fairytale eggplant on left and (different) flower seedlings.