Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve Harvest

Greens, Bok Choy, Romain, Arugula, butter crunch, Parsley, Turnip, sweet peppers, and yellow pear tomatoes all harvested this morning for a fresh Christmas salad tomorrow
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
Also found this caterpillar this morning that seems to like the Parsley. Otherwise, I have seen very few bugs this time of year.
Another harvest from December 18th

Monday, December 17, 2012

December Update

I have been out of town a lot the last several weeks and have done very little in the garden. However, the moderate weather has enabled the garden do great with hardly any work. I have tons of leafy vegetables growing and still have many tomotoes. Last year we had a frost in this area in early December that killed all my cold tolerate plants. But so far this year we have not had a frost. The only bad thing is some of the cold climate plants (Bok Choy I planted a few weeks ago) are bolting due to the warm temperatures. I also noticed my drip zone timer was stuck in the on position and had been for quite a while. I need to keep a close eye on that timer and replace it if it gets stuck again.

No frost so far so even the bahia grass is green

I found my drip zone timer was stuck in the on position
tons of leafy plants doing great

sweat bell pepper


the yellow pear tomatoes have been really prolific

Tomatoes still maturing

The bees love the bolting Bok Choy


Greek Oregano

speckled lima beans that I harvested a few weeks ago

Saturday, November 24, 2012

November Update

It is now very nice weather here in Winter Garden Florida to work in the garden. I have tons of lettuce growing and quite a few tomatoes.

Bok Choy, butter crunch, Romain leaves, and green onion harvested November 20th
Tomatoes and last of the Lima beans harvested November 24th

Bok Choy and other leafy vegetables growing well this time of year - The Parsley is starting to get out of control

Turnip, Arugula, Basil, and Tomatoes

Just planted some red cabbage and cauliflower seedlings

Georgia Collard Greens, mint, and Swiss Chard

Saturday, November 10, 2012

2012 Fall Garden

Here is a summary of activities I did this year to get my Fall garden started. I am hoping we do not get an early frost this year so there will be more time for my non-cold tolerate plants to produce.

Soaked Tomato and Pepper seeds overnight on July 28th. Planted these seeds along with some other varieties on July 29th.
Transplanted seedlings on August 25th into four inch pots. I should have transplanted some of these earlier. I left the four inch pots where they would get morning sun for a few weeks before transplanting them into the garden.
Made room in the raised beds on September 11th to plant the transplants.
After making room, I planted the new Fall transplants on September 12th into the raised beds.
We sowed some additional cold weather seeds on September 18th.
Bok Choy, Parsley, Marigold, green onion, Cilantro, Broccoli, and Tomatoes growing well as of November 10th
Arugula, Sweet Basil (bolting), Sweet Peppers, Swiss Chard, Turnip, and Tomatoes
A few remaining Peppers and Lima Beans, Arugula, Romaine, and Greens.
Georgia Collard Greens (no powdery mildew issues this time of year), mint, bolting lemon Basil, Marigold, and Sioux Tomatoes
Red and green Romaine
Yellow Pear Tomatoes starting to ripen
Vine ripe Sioux Tomato

Past Harvests - October and early November 2012

Here are a few harvests from last month and earlier this month.

Several Peppers and a few Okra harvested October 9th.
Arugula, Romaine, peppers, Sioux Tomato, Marigold, and Yellow Pear Tomatoes, harvested November 3rd.
Swiss Chard, Arugula, Romaine, Pepper, Roma Tomatoes, Sioux Tomato, and Yellow Pear Tomatoes harvested November 10th.

Past Harvests - September 2012

Here is a summary of the harvests I had early this Fall.

Yard long beans, Malabar spinach, Peppers, Lima beans, and Okra all harvested September 8th.
Freshly prepared Yard Long Beans, Peppers, and Okra.
A few Yard Long Beans, Okra, and Peppers harvested September 10th. I found the Yard Long Beans are much better when picked before they get too long and thick.
More beans, Peppers, and Okra harvested September 13th.
Okra and Peppers harvested September 17th. The brown Okra was left to dry to use for seed saving.
Beans, Peppers, and Okra harvested September 20th. The Okra had to be harvested frequently to prevent it from getting too tough.
Lots of Beans and Peppers harvested September 23rd.
Beans, Okra, and Peppers harvested September 29th.

Past Harvests - August 2012

Here are the harvests I had at the end of this past Summer.

Sweat basil, tomatoes, and green onion harvested August 3rd. The green onion has been very easy in this area and I will be sure to plant this again.
A few peppers harvested August 10th. The peppers did not really do too well this year. Not only did they not produce over the heat of the summer but the plants had some disease issues and died by fall. Next summer I may skip trying to keep sweet peppers going over the summer.
Malabar spinach and some peppers harvested August 13th. The Malabar spinach did quite well over the summer; however, I did not really like the way it tasted very much so I am not sure if I will plant it again or not.
Some okra that I let get too big to eat.
Some okra harvested August 24th that was pretty good.

Back eyed peas harvested August 24th that I really enjoyed.
Some seeds saved for next summer.
Some dried Yard Long beans that were not very good. These are much better fresh.
Lima beans, peppers, and okra harvested August 27th.