Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Just checking in....

I see that I have picked up a few new followers over the past week or two. Thank you for following my blog.

Garden news... Not too much to do but watch everything grow and grow it is. I will post photos next week since I won't be around this weekend. I'm going to a scrapbooking retreat with my sister. I'm scrapping this years veggie garden. Should be fun!

I will leave my garden in the hands of my sweet husband. I will water and harvest anything that is ready Friday morning before I leave. That way he only need to keep an eye on the sugar snap peas and harvest if needed. He is really good at knowing when they are ready to pick. I'll have to teach him when to pull the raspberries. The rest can wait until I get home.

There will be about 30 women at the retreat. I only know a handful of them, but we all seem to have good time in our little clicks. I'll be sure to take photos and may even post a few photos this weekend while I'm there... we'll see how it goes.. it depends on how much wine I drink... I mean how focused I am in my scrapbook ;o)

Check back next week for a garden update.

Friday, May 22, 2009

First Raspberry Harvest

I picked my first handful of raspberries this afternoon.

Now they are on top of my chocolate ice cream.

This weekend I will give everything a good feeding. The cherry tomatoes are tall enough now to tie them over the top part of the arch. I'll be sure to post photos.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Some Photos

I just wanted to share a few photos I took when I got home this afternoon.

Photo Below: The raspberries are just about ready for picking.

Photo Below: Looks like I'll be picking corn by the 4th of July. I'm hoping!

Photo Below: Round Zucchini

Photo Below: Spaghetti Squash

Photo Below: This photo is for Granny over at Annie's Kitchen Garden.
Attacked by something and have become all wilty and spindly and floppy.
I'll be pulling potatoes in a few weeks and these beds will get some summer color.

Photo Below: New home for the Hosta's. I think they will be much happier in the carport and out of the hot sun.

Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow.
Author Unknown

Monday, May 18, 2009

Cucumbers, Shade and Half Moon Bay Nursery

I wandered out into the garden early Sunday morning to pick some baby cucumbers while the air was still cool.

The Baby Persian, "Green Fingers" Cucumbers are ready to pick between 3 to 5 inches. With three of mine measuring at 4 1/2 to 5 inches they were ready for picking. We ate one at lunch and one at dinner Sunday and boy were they good. Very light and crisp. I will grow these again next summer.

These lovelies weighed in at a total of 10.8 oz's.

It was nice and warm this past weekend. Saturday the yard reach 86 and Sunday came in at 90. The poor cucumbers on Saturday were wilting in the sun. On Sunday I pulled the shades over the yard and even though it was a little hotter the cucumbers were very happy not to have the sun beating down on them. The shades really do make a difference.

Photo Below: Shades over patio

Photo Below: I had to put shade cloth over the lettuce in bed 4. It worked really well.

Photo Below: The Hosta's did not like the hot sun at all. I had to cover them until I could get them moved into the carport. They are much happier in the carport where it stays cooler and shady. The front of the house looks a little nicer too. I'll have to remember to take a photo tomorrow.

Sunday morning Sweet Husband and I took a drive out to Half Moon Bay Nursery so I could pick up a few plants for my hanging baskets. I just love going to the Nursery in the Spring and Summer it is just so beautiful. I'll leave you to take a look for yourself... enjoy...

Click on photos to enlarge

Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade
Rudyard Kipling

Don't forget the sunscreen...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Lots of Photos Not Many Words

Saturday I gave everything a deep watering since we were going to have temps in the upper 80's low 90's this weekend. Before watering I took some photos.

Photos Below: The banana tree puts out a new leaf about every two weeks.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a banana pup poking out of the soil.

Photos Below: Bed 1 Tomatoes.

Photos below: Bed 2

Baby cucumber


English cucumber

Itty bitty teeny weeny watermelon.

Nasturtiums in bed 2.

Photos Below: bed 3

The basil is doing well.


Mini Bell Pepper

Photos below: Baby spinach in bed 2.

Photos Below: Bed 4

Photo Below: EG over at Our Engineered Garden asked me how I was going to keep the zucchini from over taking the bush beans... well this is what I came up with... White wrought iron fence.

The butterhead lettuce is just about ready to pick.

Photo Below: Round Zucchini in bed 4.

Photo Below: Onions, lettuce, bush beans and carrots.

Onions and garlic.

Photo Below: The spinach "Oriental Giant" in bed 4 has bolted. I'm going to try this one again in the Fall. It was very good.

Photo Below: The spaghetti squash is getting bigger.

Photo Below: This bush bean thinks it a pole bean...

Photos Below: Bush bean blooms.

Photo Below: Nasturtium bloom.

Photo Below: Slugs like pumpkin on a stick.

Photos Below: Strawberry bed.