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    enthusiasticanddamned:

    End of July- Garden update

    Today we harvested three of our cabbage heads. The fourth unfortunately had already rotted before we could get to it this weekend. The tomatoes turned like over night, so there was a plethora ready to be picked. We still have a few sprigs of broccoli coming in and still a good helping of hotpeppers. We harvested some of the wheat growing and have it hanging up to dry in my parent’s back florida/sun room until we can thresh it. 

    I also managed to make time this even to freeze some green beans, broccoli, and pickle three jars of peppers. 

    Bad news: Some of our bean plants have a rust fungus, which is brown spots all over the shoots, which tend to look like cankers. 

    Our garden this year is a little disappointing. We have lost quite a few plants, and are not yielding nearly what we were expecting. Other aspects are doing great, while a lot are just not having it. We are not sure if this is because of the soil quality, the high rust content of my parent’s well water, over watering, the fact we have had such a weird fluctuation in temperatures this summer. Perhaps it is all factors, but this year is not our year for a large bountiful harvest. 

    (via tropicalhomestead)

    — 1 day ago with 26 notes
    awildholler:

Sweet corn, grown with no pesticides or herbicides. My field is never tilled. I cover it with horse manure compost every fall, and I cover that with straw. When I weed it by hand, the weeds are left to decompose right in place as a mulch. Squash and beans grow alongside the corn, and everything is planted by hand.
It can be done. We don’t need Monsanto. We need human labor right there, side by side with the plants. We don’t need massive petroleum powered agriculture, we need people working small horticultural plots, gaining knowledge of their specific land and it’s needs. Our land needs to be enclosed by wild space, fecund and full of birds, and bats, and insects, and snakes, and turtles, and all of the other beings that make an ecosystem function.
We can make a desert of the earth in an attempt to get high yields of low quality crops so a few corporations can temporarily get great financial returns, or we can have people spend their days bringing their food into existence, getting in touch with their bio regions, and building healthy soil and ecosystems for generations to come.
It can be done.


Yum!

    awildholler:

    Sweet corn, grown with no pesticides or herbicides. My field is never tilled. I cover it with horse manure compost every fall, and I cover that with straw. When I weed it by hand, the weeds are left to decompose right in place as a mulch. Squash and beans grow alongside the corn, and everything is planted by hand.

    It can be done. We don’t need Monsanto. We need human labor right there, side by side with the plants. We don’t need massive petroleum powered agriculture, we need people working small horticultural plots, gaining knowledge of their specific land and it’s needs. Our land needs to be enclosed by wild space, fecund and full of birds, and bats, and insects, and snakes, and turtles, and all of the other beings that make an ecosystem function.

    We can make a desert of the earth in an attempt to get high yields of low quality crops so a few corporations can temporarily get great financial returns, or we can have people spend their days bringing their food into existence, getting in touch with their bio regions, and building healthy soil and ecosystems for generations to come.

    It can be done.

    Yum!

    (via enthusiasticanddamned)

    — 1 day ago with 686 notes
    yackattack:

Baby collard greens! Adorable, right? #imaweirdo

Super cute! And tasty too, I’m sure!

    yackattack:

    Baby collard greens! Adorable, right? #imaweirdo

    Super cute! And tasty too, I’m sure!

    — 1 day ago with 74 notes

    goingbacktothegarden:

    jackassgardener:

    roritx:

    Heirloom tomatoes

    Great White
    Pink Brandywine
    Purple Calabash
    Cherry
    Yellow Pear
    Carbon
    San Marzano
    Amish Paste

    I also have Big Rainbow this year but they’re still pretty small

    amazing amazingness.

    yummm

    Gorgeous!

    — 1 day ago with 39 notes
    whatyousowblog:

Some pictures of the sweet pea balcony up on the blog. www.whatyousow.co.uk/blog

    whatyousowblog:

    Some pictures of the sweet pea balcony up on the blog. www.whatyousow.co.uk/blog

    — 1 day ago with 4 notes
    What’s your favorite color carrot?▼ Reshared Post From Google Science Fair ▼Carrot rainbow. What’s your favorite color?http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oaj/53110fc7

    What’s your favorite color carrot?

    ▼ Reshared Post From Google Science Fair ▼

    Carrot rainbow. What’s your favorite color?

    http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8oaj/53110fc7

    — 5 days ago with 23 notes
    I’ll bet a lot of you have these ingredients fresh from your garden!Farmers’ Market Salad with Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette: http://bit.ly/URkm02▼ Reshared Post From Williams-Sonoma ▼Hitting the farmers’ market this weekend? Pick up the fixin’s for this beautiful combo. Almost too pretty to eat!Farmers’ Market Salad with Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette: http://bit.ly/URkm02http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8eUQ/53110fc7

    I’ll bet a lot of you have these ingredients fresh from your garden!

    Farmers’ Market Salad with Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette: http://bit.ly/URkm02

    ▼ Reshared Post From Williams-Sonoma ▼

    Hitting the farmers’ market this weekend? Pick up the fixin’s for this beautiful combo. Almost too pretty to eat!

    Farmers’ Market Salad with Tomato-Basil Vinaigrette: http://bit.ly/URkm02

    http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8eUQ/53110fc7

    — 1 week ago with 8 notes
    Did you know there are more than 100 varieties of zucchini grown today, ranging in color from gray-green to almost black and in shape from long and thin as a hot dog to bulbous?With so many to choose from how do you decide what kind to grow? It depends on how you’re going to use them.This article from the LA Times has some great advice (as good recipes):Choose the best zucchini for the job, and 12 recipes for using them: http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-buy-this-now-zucchini-20140702-story.htmlhttp://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8be3/53110fc7

    Did you know there are more than 100 varieties of zucchini grown today, ranging in color from gray-green to almost black and in shape from long and thin as a hot dog to bulbous?

    With so many to choose from how do you decide what kind to grow? It depends on how you’re going to use them.

    This article from the LA Times has some great advice (as good recipes):
    Choose the best zucchini for the job, and 12 recipes for using them: http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-buy-this-now-zucchini-20140702-story.html

    http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8be3/53110fc7

    — 2 weeks ago with 25 notes
    Looking for a delicious recipe for all those green beans? Try this recipe for green beans with lemon parmesan. Yum!http://ohmyveggies.com/green-beans-with-lemon-parmesan-panko/http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/864a/53110fc7

    Looking for a delicious recipe for all those green beans? Try this recipe for green beans with lemon parmesan. Yum!

    http://ohmyveggies.com/green-beans-with-lemon-parmesan-panko/

    http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/864a/53110fc7

    — 3 weeks ago with 3 notes
    footfirst:

The cat has made herself a bed on our strawberry plant. Strawberries and cats coexisting on my patio garden.

What a cute little face!

    footfirst:

    The cat has made herself a bed on our strawberry plant. Strawberries and cats coexisting on my patio garden.

    What a cute little face!

    — 3 weeks ago with 17 notes
    #Cats in the Garden  #caturday 
    funwithplantingplans:

Beets grown by local urban high school students, in the community garden, and sold at the farmer’s market. I talked to them a bit about what they did and it was so cool to hear them talk about gardening and what they learned. Such nice, polite, friendly kids who didn’t seem to mind getting up early on a Saturday to go sit under a tent in the hot sun and talk to me about what they do.
Perhaps I am jaded by the daily sight of obnoxious college students who cannot seem to get out of their pajamas by 11am and have their head inches from their phone at all times, while smoking cigarettes leaning against posts with signs that say “no smoking,”  but it’s nice to see people being good people.
Whoa Jess, get on that rockin’ chair on the porch and tell em’ to get off your lawn while you’re at it.

    funwithplantingplans:

    Beets grown by local urban high school students, in the community garden, and sold at the farmer’s market.
    I talked to them a bit about what they did and it was so cool to hear them talk about gardening and what they learned. Such nice, polite, friendly kids who didn’t seem to mind getting up early on a Saturday to go sit under a tent in the hot sun and talk to me about what they do.

    Perhaps I am jaded by the daily sight of obnoxious college students who cannot seem to get out of their pajamas by 11am and have their head inches from their phone at all times, while smoking cigarettes leaning against posts with signs that say “no smoking,”  but it’s nice to see people being good people.

    Whoa Jess, get on that rockin’ chair on the porch and tell em’ to get off your lawn while you’re at it.

    — 3 weeks ago with 14 notes
    #community gardens  #grow more than just food 
    isaacarthur:

A wee watermelon. 

Look at that little cutie! Grow baby, grow!

    isaacarthur:

    A wee watermelon. 

    Look at that little cutie! Grow baby, grow!

    — 3 weeks ago with 21 notes
    #watermelon  #grow good food 
    sosaecaetano:

The heat is getting intense, and the tomato plants are showing their discontent. But it hasn’t stopped them from bearing the most lovely fruit. Such earnest plants! I love them so…

What a beautiful tomato! Great shot.

    sosaecaetano:

    The heat is getting intense, and the tomato plants are showing their discontent. But it hasn’t stopped them from bearing the most lovely fruit. Such earnest plants! I love them so…

    What a beautiful tomato! Great shot.

    — 3 weeks ago with 20 notes
    #tomatoes  #summer gardening