Ugh! Its been a long couple days here at the Hotel Amoroso. The Olive trees have been in overdrive, producing all of that sweet gold (pollen) that makes the circle of life continue and me want to end my own (life). Okay maybe I’m not THAT dramatic, but when the choice is between gardening with my eyes swelled shut or living the life of a shut in… only seeing my plants from the window, it feels like I could be.
My Birthday on Sunday was awesome. We partied, bbq’d, drank and enjoyed life in the backyard.
As promised… here is an update on all things veggie!
TOMATOES: They’re growing fast and most plants have small tomatoes on them. Even the Roma, which was broken in half by the hound dog the week it was planted. As you can tell from the photo below, the cherry tomatoes are taller than the great Gadzuki (and he’s only 2 years old).
Peppers, Zucchini & Cucumbers: A lot has changed in just 17 days since I planted. The Zucchini are already really big, the Cucumbers are climbing up and out of the planter and the Yellow Bell even has a small bell pepper!!
Eggplant, Onion & Garlic: Not a lot has changed… I’m almost wondering if the area might be too shady?
Carrots: They’re getting bigger everyday, but still not large enough to even get a baby carrot.
Radishes: The foliage is getting very large on these… unfortunately almost half our crop was wiped out by the birds. I can’t wait to harvest these and plant another round before it gets too hot. This time I think I’ll try a bird net over the top.
Next: I’m excited to show you how good the compost looks after just a month and a half!
Here’s a garlic growing trick I learned from my friend Casey.
You start out with a regular piece of garlic. Peel it and push some toothpicks through the top. Fill a shot glass 3/4 full and set the garlic inside. Like this:
3 or 4 days later this is what your garlic will look like. Its a good idea to run fresh water over the garlic each morning if you think about it…
Next I selected a sometimes shady spot in the garden, dug individual holes for each section of garlic and planted them (roots down).
Now we wait…
I’m excited to see how long it takes until we have garlic. I’ve read some opposing information on when it will reach maturity (based on zones).
This is what I found on Helpfulgardener.com : You will have garlic in a few months. If you do not pick all your garlic then leave them in the ground all winter they will be fine. The plants will turn to seed probably late August. The plants will flower and make sets you can pick the sets and save them to plant next year.
Sounds good to me! We’ll have a vampire free yard YEAR ROUND at this rate!
Next: we’ll check out the flower seedlings in the garage…