Sunday, July 4, 2010

This & That

Above are the summer planters this year. They were all grown from seed out of cheapness. Everything was started in early April and planted out late May. Seemed to work well except the germination rate was pretty bad. We ended up having to buy a few hanging baskets for the porch hooks & upper window box. Next year I know to sow double the seed.

This sunflower was planted by the chipmunk so it is a black oil sunflower. It is quite small, about the size of a tennis ball. All the sunflowers I planted didn't grow this year, possible from chipmunk or from all the rain we had this spring.

The peppers are starting to take off now. This particular one is a Quadrato Rosso D'Asti, grown from seed shared by Granny. They have all grown about 16" high and are starting to flower.

Here are some young Italian Red of Florence Scallions, grown from seed shared by Thomas. I planted them in cell packs back in May and they were planted into the garden a few weeks ago. Before long I should have some nice red scallions.

The row of celeriac is starting to form root balls. I received two kinds in trades this year and I don't recall which one this is. It is either a Giant Prague (from Miss M) or Billiant (from Kathy).

The early started Siletz tomato has a couple fruit sizing up. Wish they were red!

All the tomatoes sown late April are over three feet high now and setting flowers. This particular one is a Cherokee Purple grown from seed I saved last year. I shared the seed with alot of bloggers and I hope they are all doing as well.

I think the Purple Sprouting Broccoli is starting to sprout. This is my first time trying this crop and it is grown from seed shared by Miss M.

The pole beans are really starting to set now. Last years bean crop hardly produced at all so I am happy to see lots of beans again.

The Crimson Flowered Broad beans are starting to set pods as well. They are a cool season beans and I planted them way to late. Hopefully the heat we have been having does not stop the beans from forming. This variety was shared by Matron last year and I then saved the seed for this years crop.
The potato bed is coming into bloom now. This means there are spuds forming now. I may just have to dig around a bit and see if I can steal a few.

To wrap things up here is a photo of Charlie watching me out in the garden. She has been vaccinated now, next month she will get the second shot and will be spayed at the same time.


  1. You've got a lot going on in your veggie garden! My potatoes are starting to flower as well. I'm starting to get excited about not buying potatoes from the market for the next while!

  2. Very nice tomatoes you got there...I have some patio tomatoes that are about the same size...and I too am wishing they would hurry and store tomato compares to the taste of a home grown one :)

  3. Your planters are beautiful! Some of mine are struggling due to the extreme heat we have been having. I have actually moved some for the next few days...were are expecting temps into 100+.

    I started some flowers from seed this year also. I think that it's easier to grow veggies from seed.

    Your veggies look very happy and healthy :)

  4. Where did you get the seed for the flower planters? I've thought about trying some petunias from seed, as they'd be so much cheaper, but if the germination rate's crap it probably wouldn't be worth it.

  5. Charlie is such a darling! The garden looks great. I need to take inspiration from you and grow some annual flowers out for the containers next year. I intended to this year and just never got to it.

    My Cherokee Purple's grown from your seed are doing well. Blooming but no fruit yet. Only tomatoes with fruit on them so far are the Siletz - been too cold for everything else. Hopefully that will change soon.

  6. Charlie is obviously in charge now.
    I have Cherokee Purples starting to turn colour. Can't wait to try these!

  7. All is looking excellent, Dan !
    Don't know what to expect with my celeriac this year. First sowing didn't make it. Second sowing suffered in its flat for the longest time waiting for the beds to be built. The plants are still tiny. Can't wait to see how the PSB does for you. Mine isn't looking too hot. Seems I have no luck with brassicas !

    Charlie looks most content ! :)

  8. Your potatoes have grown really fast. I tried digging around my potato beds a week ago for some new potatoes but got paranoid that I was dismembering too many roots. I think I'll just wait.

    Everything else looks great!

  9. It's an exciting time for us veggie gardeners. Everything is just perfect! Hope your crimson broad beans crop for you!

  10. Great photos...the garden is coming along nicely... :)

  11. Hi Dan, looking good! Does the celeriac root form above the soil line? I'm growing it for the first time this year.