The 2017 Summer Veggies

-A.J.

We chose to simplify a little bit this year and go more with things we know “work”, are easy to process, and will see quick use if they make it as far as the freezer. We added a few new things too, including melons. The descriptions below are copied from the Tilth Plant Sale […]

Earthbox Covers At A Fraction Of The Price

-A.J.

EarthBox covers are sort of necessary evil. The covers that the company sells are of marginal quality, and they run around $2, each.

Instead we go to Home Depot and buy a roll 10′ x 25′ x 3.5 mil black plastic. Right now a roll is $12. The finished cost per cover is 20 cents, each.

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The First Asparagus

-A.J.

The first asparagus to come up this spring! Given it was only planted last year, that makes it the first asparagus ever!

Talking to another local who grows asparagus, I thought we might have to wait until closer to the end of the month to see some shoots. Nope!

Last year we planted […]

The Salad Table Wears Trellis Bling, Or, More Posts Obliquely About Peas

-A.J.

Each year when we grow peas I push some stakes into the ground and add trellis netting. It never looks awesome. The peas usually do well until the sunny days kick in. At that point their pots dry out quickly and the peas suffer.

Attaching the trellis assembly to the salad table is an attempt […]

The Peas, Nine Days Later

-A.J.

The peas nine days later:

Crazy, huh? They’ve spouted and grown between 6 and 10 inches tall in just over a week. If you look closely you can see the roots poking out of the bottom of the rolls. (The empty looking pots have recently planted dill and cilantro seeds. They should make […]

Starting Seeds In Toilet Paper Roll “Pots”, And The Improved Lighting Rig

-A.J.

Over the winter I came across a blog post that recommended using emptied toilet paper rolls as mini pots for starting seeds. It looked neat, clean, and easy, and it seemed like a great way to use up a free resource. The author simply cut the tubes in half, placed the smooth (uncut) side […]

New Seeds For 2017

-A.J.

Last year’s post was titled “Too Many Seeds, Probably“. While we did manage to use up some of the inventory, not everything was consumed. Still, I wanted to try some new things. The list:

SP783/L Escalade Spinach Organic – Escalade HR1114/L Garlic Chives-Nira Organic – Nira Garlic Chives Organic 1/2 gram ON557/S Guardsman Onion – […]

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

A.J.

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. […]

EarthBox 2016 Recap — The Cucumbers And Zucchini

A.J.

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 […]