Final Summer EarthBox 2016 Recap — The Tomatoes, Tomatillos, and Basil


The final “summer garden 2016” recap — Tomatoes, Tomatillos, and Basil

The 2013 recap is here. 2014 here. 2015 here.

The Tomatoes:

Black Krim – 10.9 pounds. [75 day indeterminate heirloom.] Relatively poor yield in 2016, which was true of everything else too. In the two previous years the yield was around 23 pounds each year. […]

Winter Container Mini Update — November 4, 2016


Last night was cool and clear, so it’s time to shoehorn in a quick “Winter Garden” update before the cold really sets in:

The salad table, which sees sun until about 2pm:

[The top tier is mostly romaine (Winter Density(?)), arugula, cilantro, Mache, and spinach. Middle tier is Miner’s Lettuce and New Zealand Spinach […]

EarthBox 2016 Recap — The Cucumbers And Zucchini


2013 Cucumbers and Zucchini recap here. 2014 here. 2015 here.

The single Tromboncino plant produced 10.9 pounds this year. That’s basically the same (per plant) as in 2014. 2015 was better, but then 2015 was better for everything. Either way, we now have lots of frozen shredded zucchini.

I think we’ve gotten better at […]

EarthBox 2016 Recap — The Peppers

by A.J. Coltrane

Chalk one up for maintaining the blog as a gardening journal. I haven’t been able to find the scribbled notes of which peppers we grew, but this post has a list!

2013 Peppers recap here. 2014 Peppers recap here. 2015 Peppers recap here.

The totals:

Variety Count Weight Ave. Weight Anaheim 3 […]

Container Garden Mini Update — October 2, 2016

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

October 4, 2015 post here. October 4, 2014 post here. October 7, 2013 post here.

This post is a follow-up on last week’s harvest post. For reference, here’s last week’s harvest:

Look how much most everything ripened:

Historically, at least for us, the final harvest hasn’t really ripened after […]

Container Garden Update — September 26, 2016

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

September 27, 2015 here. September 29, 2014 post here. September 30, 2013 post here.

The last of it:

That brings us to 194.3 pounds — well short of 2015:

2013 total: 228.0 pounds

2014 total: 269.4 pounds

2015 total: 282.5 pounds

2016 total: 194.3 pounds

To be fair, we […]

Container Garden Update — September 18, 2016

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

September 20, 2015 here. September 21, 2014 post here. September 22, 2013 post here.

In the coming week it’s supposed to be getting into the 40’s at night — that meant that it was time to harvest in earnest, and we pulled 73 pounds of stuff in the last seven days.

It […]

Container Garden Update — September 5, 2016

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

September 6, 2015 post here. September 7, 2014 post here. September 8, 2013 post here.

Well, we learned something about basil — holding out on the harvest is a very bad idea. Over the last ten days the weather has cooled, and the basil didn’t dig it at all. It went […]

Container Garden Update — August 28, 2016

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

August 30, 2015 post here. September 1, 2014 here. September 1, 2013 here.

Lots of sun this week — we finally got a chance to have a “tomato tasting” get-together. The Tuesday harvest:

Tomatoes (L-R) Paul Robeson, Yellow Pear, Sun Gold, Tigerella, Taxi, Oregon Spring, Black Krim.

Thursday was more […]

Container Garden Update — August 21, 2016

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

August 23, 2015 post here. August 24, 2014 post here. August 25, 2013 post here.

We had some nice sunny weather this week again. The garden ate it up. We’re now officially “in gear”.

To quote last year’s post:

47.1 pounds of produce this week, including 38.5 pounds of tomatoes.