Monday, January 26, 2009
Anyway, I started some a couple weeks ago and transplanted them into peat pots today. Here's some pics:
I love these styrofaom seed starters. I believe I got them from Parks Seeds. They're reusable & I usually get a pretty high germination rate. If a seed doesn't germinate, I just re-use the plug.
Then just take the plug & put it in a peat pot. (sold at lowes)
I use a basic potting mix.
You know those aren't my hands, manly plumber men are too stubborn to wear gloves.
I got the trays from Parks seeds. They're very versatile, they're big enough for the styrofaom seed starter and then hold about 18 medium peat pots.
Add water with a weak fertilizer and the peat pots with soak the water up from the bottom. That helps the roots grow down & deep.
And then back under the lights for a week or two. The ones up top are about 8 little broccoli that I had to re-seed because I burned them last week when I was trying to keep them warm. I put a heater a little too close!
"Until you have life growing in your womb, your opinion means nothing to someone who needs financial support to provide a medical need to end a the growth of a life so that can she can support the life that is already here. Go plant some artichokes and while you are at it, please tell Edit _ Mommies about ..........."
Whoa! Go plant some artichokes! lololol! If only she knew how hard it is to grow artichokes. (esp. in florida)
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Well as time went on, divorce, age, drugs and life changes happened and I moved to Ocala and didn't see much of him. As the past 15 years have gone by we've stayed barely in touch, growing farther and farther apart.
Hence, the phone call.
Bruce said, "So, haven't seen you in awhile......do you have any hobbies?"
Immediately I started thinking "Ummmm, I'm 42 with 4 kids, a struggling business trying to survive, I don't have any hobbies.......I suck!..... Oh wait! My garden!". So I said "Well actually I garden"
The Manly Man Plumber said, "Oh..... garden....... that's pretty cool, what do you grow, tulips and flowers"?
Feeling kinda girlie I said, "No, no (actually yes) I grow (a more manly) vegetables, like tomatoes".
"Oh, tomatoes. Very nice.", the manly man said.
Trying to justify I said, " Yeah, you should see how much digging is involved"!
"Cool" he said and we moved on to another topic and then hung up.
After the phone call I started to think "You know I love gardening. I love growing veggies for my vegetarian wife. I love not paying grocery store prices for veggies and I love the spiritual connection I get from tilling the ground".
I'll always love ya Bruce, but I've moved on to growing Manly Tomatoes.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Very frosty. Maybe frost makes cabbage taste better!
This is what happens when I'm in charge.
All you Yankees up there, look how bad we've got it!
I know this has nothing to do with cold weather, but I hate it when this happens.
Notice my little radishes coming up.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
So I'm going to start with a few pictures from my last Cuba trip which I believe was in the summer of 2007. Check it out:
Me & my friend Asmanti looking over the construction of his new house, which is being
built on top of somebody else's house. Upper left is one of his friends working on the roof.
Upper right is the Plumbing Contractor (me) checking out his HUGE bathroom.
Back in time. Top middle is the Havana airport. Top right is a picture of electrical
meters for a building I was walking by. I took the picture from the sidewalk.
Did I mention the Cubans love to play baseball? That's me on the left and
my friend Asmanti (who played for the Cuban National team) on the right.
Yeah, I took a picture of the plumbing. But look, that's the shower head and
the water heater all in one! Just don't get the wires wet!
And of course the propaganda. I used to know what they all said but I've since forgotten.
I know the one on the bottom is about these 5 guys that Castro says we kidnapped. The rest I
can sum up for you like this: Cuba=Good, USA=Bad, Socialism/Communism=Good, Capitalism=Bad. All the billboards there are used for propaganda. I didn't see one billboard used
Sunday, January 18, 2009
It was a nice run, but my fall tomatoes finally said goodbye. Low's in the 20's and 30's with high's in the mid-50's did them in. Don't feel too bad for us, it's mid-January and we're stocked with tomatoes! The cool thing is I'll be starting my spring tomatoes inside in about 2 weeks! Sweet! These pictures above show my tomatoes last week, and............gone this week.
Celery & Brussels spout. Not only have I never grown these veggies before, I've never even seen them grown before! Actually I've never seen most of the veggies I'm growing grown before.......thanks to the modern day grocery store! (speaking of modern day grocery stores....do you remember back in the 70's & 80's, before scanners, when the cashiers memorized all the prices and typed them into a cash register? lol!) So I don't always know how the plants are doing since I don't really know what they look like when they grow. The down side of being a green horn! I do believe both of these plants have suffered from a lack of sun.
I can grow a mean crop of green manure though!
The last of the fall garden- 4 cabbage left and a raised bed of onions. The family didn't dig the cabbage as much as I expected. I think these cabbage have been growing for about 5 months (including inside under the lights)! I'm looking forward to them getting out of the way.
The onions on the other hand, we can't wait. Again I've never grown onions before and I'm hoping they got enough sun.
The new guys to the garden, potatoes, beets and some radish. Just planted these around Christmas. Hate to be a broken record but............never grown these either! I'm kinda excited for some potatoes.
My first compost bin. I'm such an enviromentalist!
And finaly a quick crop of 40 broccoli pants on the way. I'm going to plant them where the tomatoes were.
They need to grow quick......I want to plant my spring garden the 1st week of March!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
The Garden. My peaceful zone. I only started gardening about 10 months ago with my first spring/summer planting. What a blast! I've learned quite a bit since then, most of it by trial and error (and the internet!). I started out with just four 10' x 5' raised beds in the spring, and as you can see now, I'm up to twelve 10' x 5' beds, two 5' x 5' beds and 60 feet of 1' wide bed along my fence line.
The great thing about Florida is that you can grow something in your garden basically all year. Actually, the hardest time of the year to grow veggies is in July/August. It gets really hot & wet, diseases flurish and I know you've heard about our bugs! So what you're looking at is my winter garden. It's in a little bit of a transitional stage. It's getting cold now (highs in the high 50's/low 60's, lows in the high 20's/low 30's) and my tomatoes are done. Which is fine by me because I want to squeeze in some broccoli before my spring planting. I've got some onions going now as well as garlic, celery, cabbage, lettuce, beets, radish, carrots, potatoes, strawberries and a few brussels sprout. I also have some green manure going for my spring garden.
One problem I have is.........trees. I love trees but they mess with my garden. My property runs East to West so as winter approaches the Sun starts to fade towards the equator and fall behind some of my trees. I've cut about 10 trees down so far, but I still have shade. The good news is that after December 21st the sun's been coming back my way, so it's just a matter of time before I have full sun again. Next year I'll start my Fall garden in mid-August instead of mid-Sept. and that should help.