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Week 13 – Peas

Our peas are beginning to flower. Notice the pea pod forming from within the flower. Remember, first comes the flowers then comes the fruit, though in this case the fruit is a legume. The legume family (Fabaceae) is the third largest family of flowering plants with more than 18,000 described species. It is surpassed in […]

Week 12 – Happy Thanksgiving

We are thankful for our harvest of tasty greens and radishes. They will be great additions to our Thanksgiving meal. Anyone who wanted got to take home bagfuls of: lettuce, spinach, arugula, beets greens, swiss chard, mizuna, tatsoi, mustard, pak choi, cilantro and radishes. Beet Greens Cilantro Asian Greens (pak choi, mizuna, mustard, tat soi, […]

Week 10 – Pests (The Dreaded Cabbage Worm)

It had to happen sooner or later, though I was hoping it would be later. A pest has found our broccoli and cabbage. This is what the damage looks like This is the culprit, the dreaded cabbage worm And this is the cure- BT, short for Bacillus thuringiensis, is a beneficial bacteria that can also […]

Week 9 – Weeds, First Harvest

First the good news, we’ve begun harvesting our radishes. See how they pop out of the soil We’re also getting the first first of our mixed greens (arugula, tat soi, mizuna and mustard). When harvesting greens pick the outer leaves and let the inner ones continue growing. This way we can harvest over a longer […]

Week 7 – Seedlings, Trellis

Everything we planted with the exception of potatoes have germinated. As we observe our seedlings bursting forth notice how certain family members look similar. The following are from the Amaranthaceae family, the red seedling is a beet the other is swiss chard. For those growing peas be sure to set a trellis in place before […]

Week 6 – Thinning

[wpdevart_youtube]b4_csR3Xyio[/wpdevart_youtube] Now that our seeds have begun to germinate (yeah!) it is time to discuss thinning. Thinning is the term we use to mean the removal of some plants to make room for others to grow. If plants are overcrowded they will compete for light and moisture and appear spindly and weak. To demonstrate, place […]