Sunday, February 28, 2010

Busy - Busy - Busy

I can't believe it's been 13 days since my last post. To get you up to date I'll just give you a quick run down of what's been going on.

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The battle of the squirrles continues. The little sucker found his way under the hoop house into bed 3 and dug up one square of carrots.

After reseeding the carrots I covered them with some hardware cloth. This seems to be keeping them out.

With all the seeding I did in bed 4 I didn't want to risk it so I covered them too.

Speaking of carrots I pulled some baby carrots that have been over wintering in bed 3. I planted these in early Fall.

I've been wanting to make compost tea since last season but just didn't find the time. Last weekend I picked up all the "hardware" needed to setup my brewing bucket. I assemble everything according to Deuley's Own Little Texas Tea Brewer . Jenn over at Gamine's Garden posted this same topic on her blog last year and made it look so easy. Well I'm here to tell you it is very easy to assemble. Next weekend I will brew my first compost tea. I've been collecting rain water and have homemade compost that will be perfect for my tea.

Also last weekend I potted up the tomatoes and cucumbers. The photo below is one of the cucumbers. The root system looks great.

While out in the garden inspecting bed 2 I found this little family of mushrooms...

Photo below: Bed 2

Yesterday I planted some sunflowers and cosmos in the greenhouse. I'll be planting these in the Haven Family House garden. Since I have never grown these I want to get an idea how long they take to germinate and how fast they grow. I know it's best to sow sunflowers directly into the ground, but I won't be in the garden everyday to water and keep an eye on them. So I was hoping I could give them a healthy start in pots and then plant them out.

I also started some pumpkins and will pot these up until I can get them planted into the Haven garden. Jenn, thanks again for the seeds!

Potato update

The early potatoes took their sweet time coming up but seem to be picking up speed. The photo below was taken before I hilled them up. I will cover them one more time and then just let them go. The early potatoes will only put out tubulars in the first 8 inches or so. So there is no reason to cover them more than that.

The potato bin below is growing the late season potatoes. They also are growing at a slower pace compared to the mid season potatoes.

Below the mid season potatoes are growing like crazy. I added a fourth layer and more soil yesterday. I hope this is an indication that I will have a good harvest. Photo below was taken before the fourth layer was added.

Photo below: Mid season red potatoes

A few weeks ago the sweet potato that was in my pantry started to sprout. So I put it in a glass of rain water...

It looks very alien like...

The two photos below are of some of the seedlings I have growing in the greenhouse.

Haven House New Beginnings Organic Garden Update

Last weekend I went over to Haven and started cleaning out the rose beds. I had one volunteer come out to help me.

Photo below: Rose bed before...

Rose bed after...

To give you an idea how fast the weeds grow. The photo below was taken on December 28th

This photo was taken February 27.

I have a group of Stanford University students coming out to the Haven garden on March 6th. I will have them finish cleaning out the rose beds, organize the garden shed and pull weeds in the picnic area. We have another group coming out March 12. They will get pumpkin hill weeded.

I'll be sure to post photos of our progress.


  1. Gosh, you had alot of catching up to do! Those squirrels are really something. Luckily, no damage to any of my stuff yet, and i'm sure Jude is a big help with that. I put a sweet potato in water also, and hope my sprouts look as good as yours. I'm rooting for you on the bin potatoes, because you'll be the first to suceed with the method - if things turn out well. Best of luck to you!

  2. EG - I wish my dog would chase the squirrels out of the garden. I've seen her laying in the sun and just look up at the squirrels and go back to sleep. Brat! Thanks for the luck on the potato bins. I can sure use it. I hope they produce for me.

  3. Since I am on Sabbatical Year til December, there is some extra time in my schedule. Feel free to ask for anything in any area you think I can be of assistance in both of your garden projects. Gary

  4. Hi Gary! Thank you! I will definitely let you know. I'm sure I can put you to work finding me materials for cheap or even free :-) I'll give it a think and email you.