Thursday, March 19, 2015

Let's try again

Well here I am after a long break. I got
Discouraged by pests and moving the previous year. Gardening is lovely but not a walk in the park. This year we are rebuilding everything and I am also tackling the backyard. Today however, I am upgrading my atarts. We built a greenhouse and things are doing so much better than they were inside the house. Thank god for a roof deck! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Happening

Good news and bad news

Good news is that Iv'e got a lot of butternut squash coming and pumpkins, bad news is that the first few always seem to rot.  I don't really think it's anything out of the ordinary but it's still a bummer.  Some are pushing through though which is great.  Soup anyone?
Yellow zucchini's are so much tastier than the green ones.

There is no more path.  The problem of a crowded garden.


Good news is that I have a lot of tomatoes, bad news is that a lot of the plants are turning brown.  The stalks, not only the leaves.  I read up about it and it seems like I have either watered too much or that there is something in the soil.  I know that I was watering more than I used to but the plants always looked so wilt-y that I thought they needed more water.  I do remember the plants looking like this in October when they were done making fruit and just dying, so it's sad to see that happening to quite a few already.  I hope I still get some damn tomatoes!  

They are getting so damn tall.


Egg Yolk Tomato

I also have not had too much success with strawberries and I think this is because the soil just doesn't keep moisture.  They always seem so dried out :(   This is why I kind of believe the reason for the tomatoes dying is because I was overwatering them. CHANGE IS SO DAMN HARD.  I need my homemade compost back.  Hopefully that will come next year.

Blurry, sorry.  Don't feel like going back out there to take another photo.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pushing through

Well it seems, I hope, that the gopher is gone. at last count I lost 1 pumpkin plant, one butternut squash and 4 tomato plants.  What an asshole.

Anyway, the garden is still growing so as long as I can stay ahead of him which is actually pretty impossible, i'll be okay.  Seriously just hoping he's gone.

My last remaining pumpkin plant.

Love these little guys.

1 of 4 zucchini plants.

I also love the little curls the squash and pumpkins make.

Nice cluster of tomatoes.

The wildflowers haven't been eaten by the deer!  Just amazing.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Late in the day

Now I am up to 4 lost tomato plants and one pumpkin.  I am hoping no more will be taken from my garden but if the gopher comes back I hope it will be it's last day.

Anyway, it's a bit dark out so I apologize for the fuzzy photos but I just wanted to capture some stuff now before I forget.

I planted some wildflowers and surprisingly they have not been eaten by the deer yet.

The last remaining pumpkin still going strong.

My first pepper.  I have never had success starting from seed but a friend gave me a few starts and they are doing alright considering it's not super hot out here.

Dino kale is so lovely to look at.

mmm cucumbers.

small yellow zucchinis on the way.

and those leaves that match the squash.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Gopher problem

Unfortunately I have lost two tomato plants to a gopher. It's something I nee planned for and well, they eat it from the root up so there's not much I can do in terms of saving the plant after it's been munched on. :(

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Well ain't that a sweet sea of green.

Unfortunately these plums get no bigger than this.  They are like 60% pit 40% flesh, but man are they good anyway.

The berries are taking over.

I might have a garden, but it doesn't mean the rest of my yard is landscaped.

Green City.

My dinosaur plant that I bought from the SF Botanical Garden.

Lot's of tomatoes, as usual.

Yellow Zucchini 

I suppose it was a stupid move to put both pumpkin plants on the path right next to each other.  

Will the mobile app make me do this more often!?

Let us see!  Not much to say except that I do still garden, I just got lazy and didn't photograph it. Everything is on schedule thoguh I did not have much success with starting seeds this year. My new house does not come with a built in greenhouse so I will have to get a better set up next year to have success with that. Most of these tomatoes a bought a few I started and I few I got from a nice woman. The kale and squash are my starts from seed and the peppers were also from a friend. Enjoy!

Big max pumpkin leaf

I also started these from seed. Mmm cucumbers.

An array of peppers and a bunch of Dino kale

That's the jist of the garden. I keep squishing more and more things closer together in hopes of fitting more and more into a small space and so far I've been safe. Hopefully with all that I've got this year everything will still grow well. More to come

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I suck

Well, it's finally sunny at the house again, and yes I did start some seeds.  If they ever pop up, the garden will start again!  In the meantime I will probably be landscaping to pass the time.  I am digging the front yard up now and will try to plant a few plants there in the next coming weekends.  Why are there never enough weekends! 

Thursday, September 5, 2013


Still finding a hard time getting good light in this house.  Deal with it!!

A small box of goodies from the garden.  Considering I planted all this stuff in June, i'm doing pretty well so far.

Tiger Tom.  accidentally picked the whole stem.  damn.

Nice variety!

Not a great photo, but in real life the colors are great on this guy.