Peppers and Beans 3/17/2018

This morning was glorious and beautiful. Setting foot outside was like walking into a jungle. A little humidity, some morning shade, the grackles calling like some tropical Hawaii bird. I love this weather. 80 degrees and humid at 9am YES PLEASE. It’s like living in paradise here. Armed with my strong morning black coffee that my husband lovingly makes for me, it was time to repot the pepper seedlings.

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The sweet peppers we’re trying this year are: Jimmy Nardello (red mottled thin long peppers), Corno di Toro Ciallo (yellow/green large and elongated), and Red pepper cheese (little red turban shaped mini peppers). These are supposed to be flavorful and odd. Something you wouldn’t be able to find in an American grocery store. If we don’t care for these, then we probably don’t care for sweet peppers and I’ll know to not plant them next year. The Jimmy Nardello I was particularly excited about trying and unfortunately only two seeds sprouted of the original sowing so they were re-planted sort of over the top of the old ones a few weeks later. There were much better results in germination the second time even though the conditions seemed the same. As a result, most of the Jimmy Nardello’s are very tiny seedlings compared to the other pepper varieties. Newly repotted in their new homes they will live out/indoors as they harden-off this week. Next weekend I’ll plant them outside in their permanent residence. Since today was 80 something and sunny they received full-shade treatment so they don’t fry completely the first day outside.

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These are all bound for the sweet pepper bed next weekend.  Today the hot pepper bed was planted out fully. My stead-fast garden salsa peppers were not available this year at the store so I’m experimenting with poblano, Anaheim , Goliath Jalapeno, and Mild Jalapeno’s.  Today I also planted 4 eggplants (2 different Japanese varieties) and basil.

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Today was also the beginning of bean day. I planted one bed full of pole / bush dry beans and one bed of pole/bush fresh beans. The picture of those just looks like a bunch of dirt so it’s not that interesting yet. The top row is fresh pole beans, the middle row is fresh bush beans, the bottom row are the dried beans with black turtle being the only bush variety.

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Succession planting seems like a smart idea for the fresh beans, One bean plant per week per variety will be planted for 6 weeks total for the bush beans. Hopefully this means fresh beans will be abundant at different times instead of getting one bumper crop that is over all at once. Not sure what will happen there, It’s the first time I’ve tried it.

Every other day I go out to water the seeds from that were planted earlier in February:

IMG_0472This is the beet and turnip bed. It seems as though they are growing very slowly. Then I think about how the seeds were as small as a ball-point pen tip and they are already this size a month later. That is fairly incredible. I’m sure the growth trend will continue.

And here is an over-all picture of the garden plot progress:

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There’s still some pathway weeding/mulching to do but the beds are getting filled slowly but surely. Hoping that this is the beginning of a wonderful garden season with lots of lessons learned and enough success to make it fun.

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Pretty things 10/9/2017

Milkweed popped up from seed out of nowhere which was a pleasant surprise.

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Society Garlic is blooming again in response to the cooler weather.

IMG_9685Another eggplant is ready to go

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Sunchoke blooms smell amazing and hopefully will produce well this winter

IMG_9674More peppers than we currently know what to do with

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Canna is still going strong.

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Geranium that limped along through the summer

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a caterpillar eating some parsley that went to seed.

IMG_9636The chair lizard that hides in our cushions when they are stacked up for rain

IMG_9635Bean flowers and starting tiny beans!

Loquat flowers that need to be protected from frost

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Garden #1 full of plants grown from seed.IMG_9649

Hooray for the beginning of fall!