Category Archives: Food and recipies

Tomatoes 2016

From bottom left, around the outside:  A ripe Black Krim, a not so ripe Black Krim, a counter ripened Big Beef and Green Berkeley Tie Dye. The small ones in the middle, again starting from the left, Purple Bumblebee, (slightly … Continue reading

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Chlorotic Seedlings 2016

Although I’ve done the same things this year, as far as I know, a lot, not all, of my seedlings have developed these leaves of an unhealthy, pale green. As usual, I started seeds, one to each 2″ soil cube … Continue reading

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Waht’s This?

It’s supposed to be Mizuna, maybe from a packet named Kyoto Mizuna, but I’m not sure.  I buy from a couple of sources and not sure which package I used this time.  Even Kyoto, which is supposed to have fatter … Continue reading

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Coming of Age

An exercise that I wrote in my Thursday writing group.  I have been working intensively on fiction writing skills and not on my blog. It IS garden related so I thought I’d post it here. Red, it’s almost always got to … Continue reading

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Summer Veggie Problems

Ironically, when I was searching for information about a problem with wilting dahlias, I came across a couple of pictures that looked just right.  When I clicked on them in the search engine, it was from an earlier blog of … Continue reading

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Swiss Chard Experiment – LED lights

Swiss Chard was one of those things that I used to like growing better than eating.  There are so many different colors to feed the eye.  But once I used it in Molly Katzen’s Pasta with greens and feta, that changed.  So … Continue reading

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Tomato Seedling Problem

I threw out about two thirds of my Brandywine seedlings yesterday as I was potting up my tomatoes into three inch peat pots.  The leaves were starting to curl, wilt and yellow.  With a close look, I was thinking maybe … Continue reading

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LED First Harvest 2013

These greens were targeted for Thanksgiving but my timing is a little off.  Someone said Thanksgiving was late this year?  In the harvest picture below, from bottom left, clockwise: Cilantro:  Calypso, which takes cool weather, bolts slowly and can be … Continue reading

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Salad in January

The family has named my LED light setup, the farm.  I like it.  I haven’t posted about it much this winter because I have no idea how many pictures of lettuce growing in flats the world really needs.  But this … Continue reading

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Rosemary in the Winter

I grow lot of my heat loving herbs in pots and then bring them in for the winter; they don’t go under my LED lights as I don’t want to introduce outdoor pests to that area.  But I can usually … Continue reading

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More Critter Wars

  So I guess this kind of mesh doesn’t  prevent chipmunks from eating tomatoes as they ripen.  From a wine purchase, it was the easiest to apply.  Just slip it on; no tying.  I thought they might take advantage of the … Continue reading

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Critter wars

  I mentioned my problems with chipmunks and watching them eat almost all of last year’s tomato crop.  They seem to have an uncanny ability to know when a tomato is going to turn color and demolish it the same … Continue reading

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Planting Onions and More Weeds

Hard to believe that these will ever grow again.  I’ve always grown my own from seed and always had small (but yummy) onions.  Ailsa Craig, a sweet, large (for others) onion is my favorite.  When I saw that Johnny’s had … Continue reading

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Chenonceau – It has Heart

This was one of the first gardens that I visited in France.  My first trips took me to the Loire Valley, along with many other visitors to the chateaux that dot the country and line its rivers.  Although I’ve visited … Continue reading

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Out and In

Although we’ve had warm weather off and on, it only served to pack the snow tightly to make it harder to melt on warm days like yesterday.  Dry steps from the deck let me get to the garden to see … Continue reading

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LED New Setup

Finished.  While I understand the meaning of the word, I don’t do it very well.  Last weekend I made enough progress on the new setup to move the cool weather plants, but caught a cold that’s slowed me down this … Continue reading

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LEDs again

I’ve purchased a new, larger light and I was hoping to have pictures of the new, more permanent basement setup.  Between poor design and construction skills, it’s not ready yet.  So here is a quick status, with pictures, instead.  Click … Continue reading

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LED First Harvest

I picked some of my first batch of lettuces last night from under the LED lights.  I had them tested by Everiss Labs and since this was the first time I’d ever seen tissue test results, I was a little … Continue reading

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Outdoors and In

The temps are forecasted in the teens, next town over to the west and north.  I went out to see what I could get before it was frozen and came back with a couple of handfuls of good stuff.  Small … Continue reading

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Lettuce under LED lights, week two

The lettuces continue to put on mass.  The red colors in Yogoslavian Red (heading lettuce) are showing up nicely but it’s also the slowest growing.  And I cannot see a visible difference between Australian Yellow and Simpson Elite (with toothpicks).  … Continue reading

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