Weekend Update

This weekend, I did a bunch of work in my garden.  I buried two of the soaker hoses in the main garden to hopefully make them more efficient.

I planted sunflowers, carrots, yellow wax beans, and pole beans from seed.  I also planted six silver queen corn, six sugar snap peas, five okras, one roma tomato, one buttercup squash, two spaghetti squash, three sweet banana peppers, and one sandia pepper, all from Bonnie Plants.   Next time, I need to not get so overly excited and actually read the labels on each of these plants.

My girlfriend is planting a bunch of herbs in the front yard as well.  She has quite a few types of basil, thyme, mint, oregano, parsley, tarragon and sage.  I think she also has a cilantro, rosemary, lavender and stevia.

My squash has sprouted and the almonds are getting big on the tree.

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More Garden Work

On March 26, I planted some Lima beans, silver queen corn and squash, all from seed.

This past weekend, I planted 12 Big Jim Green Chiles, 2 Yellow Pear Tomatoes, 2 Tomatillos and 6 Beefsteak Tomatoes, all plants from Walmart.  I also started working on my gray water system, as it needs some work.

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Starting Over

I started working on my garden this weekend.  I added 14 cubic feet of manure to the large garden.  After I leveled it out, I planted four Bonnie Black Beauty Zucchini plants, two Ichiban Eggplants, ten strawberry roots and twelve asparagus roots.

I mapped out my soaker hose system and began testing some of the hoses to see what survived the winter.  I will post a graphic about this later.

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Yard Work and Watering

I did a little yard work this afternoon, throwing away an old garden hose and clearing out some tumbleweed.  I also hand watered my roses and trees.  I also put some MiracleGro fertilizer around my juniper trees.

I will probably start up a few bucket gardens at New Mexico Tech again.  My rosemary survived the winter, but the buckets filled up with water during a major rainstorm, and my plants drowned.  I think the dirt is probably still wet.  I will need to put holes in the buckets to prevent that from happening in the future.

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Amazingly, one of the rosemary bushes I have in my office survived winter break, with little interference from me!  I put the pot inside an old cookie tin and filled the tin with water.  Amazingly, it is still alive.

I also repaired my weather station today.  I now have accurate rainfall measurements (though they didn’t start until part of the way through the rainstorm we’ve been having for several days now).

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Disconnected Hoses

I am noticing diminishing returns on my garden at this point.  It is getting colder and many of the plants are dying off.  Also, we had so much rain this weekend, that it is time to disconnect all of the hoses.

My corn looks sad.  Most ears grew and then something ate most of the kernels.  I didn’t see evidence of what was doing it, but the kernels are dry and falling out.

My zucchini is doing that thing where it’s alternately fat and thin, growing in different bands.

My eggplant get to be a little larger than an egg, and then disappear.

The tomatillos are brown.

Today, I was able to harvest:

26 oz of zucchini
13 oz of corn (off the cob)
1 oz of sweet banana peppers
22 oz of Roma tomatoes

I may have more zucchini, green peppers and Roma tomatoes next week, as there are still more growing, but not ready to be picked.  It is clear that the tomato plants are about dead, but will likely yield a few more in their dying gasp.

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Last Gasp

Today, I picked 11 oz of zucchini, 9 oz of green bell pepper, 15 oz of Roma tomatoes and 1 oz of sweet banana peppers.

The tomatoes and green peppers went directly into some homemade salsa, and the zucchini went into a stir fry.  The banana peppers will go in eggs tomorrow.

I also picked a bunch of wild gourds in Socorro.  I’ll see if I can get them to grow in my backyard, as where they grow, goatheads don’t.

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