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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 35 Entries.
Thursday, February 9 View Page
4.69 Dunn has germinated. Can I outgrow Chris this year? Perhaps.....
 
Friday, February 10 View Page
Things are popping up nicely in the nursery! The first batch of tomatoes and some of the peppers are all up. Peppers take a long time to germ. The first of the ghost pepper plants came up and it will be three weeks tomorrow.
 
Sunday, February 12 View Page
78 degrees here today. Such great February weather! Time for a little pre-spring patch Work. Added: 80 lbs worm castings 10 lbs crab shell 3 lbs blood meal 4 cu feet vermiculite and 4 cu feet perlite 2.5 lbs mono ammonium phosphate 5 lbs 0-0-50 1/2 lb of stale Starbucks Christmas blend coffee grounds because it would be gross to drink it Planted some Kodiak now that there's a little sun on the patch!
 
Friday, February 24 View Page
Mustard is coming in nicely. In case anyone loves looking at pictures of baby mustard. Lol
 
Sunday, March 5 View Page
Mustard is filling in nicely now;about 3" tall.
 
Sunday, March 5 View Page
Red Kirkland Cup I fill you up Let's grow a garden, Let's grow a garden!
 
Saturday, March 11 View Page
One of my pepper plants that over-wintered. If they do well and get nice foliage I may leave them. If they look straggly I jerk them out. The replacements are in the nursery and will be ready to transplant in a few weeks.
 
Saturday, March 11 View Page
Man I planted this mustard THICK. it's not a bad thing though as I don't have time for it to get tall. I have 4 weeks left before I need to till it. Hoping it blooms by then.
 
Saturday, March 11 View Page
This squash came up as a volunteer. Not sure exactly what it is. Zucchini maybe or a cucumber? I didn't plant either one near this area in the past so not sure!!
 
Sunday, March 12 View Page
Transplanted this Fresno Pepper seedling. I love these Wow Super Starter Packs! So easy. Two for peppers and tomatoes. One for everything else.
 
Sunday, March 12 View Page
I noticed that the cots on some of my mustard crop are yellow. Not sure what is about. It seems to be the worst in last year's planting site. I emailed the western lab folks. Email me if you have any thoughts on this.
 
Sunday, March 12 View Page
Yes. It's 90 degrees. March 12.
 
Monday, March 13 View Page
Hey Folks First of all, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the donations from the giant pumpkin community. As a whole, you all are out-giving 'friends' on FB and co-workers. It says so much for this community and your hearts. I posted this picture because this sort of box is what my son Brad came home with when he left the Navy after 8 and 1/2 years of service. It was full of pills for everything imaginable. This is how the military has been treating our vets and specifically, depression and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Many of those pills have warning labels cautioning the patient against suicidal thoughts and feelings. The very thing they are designed to prevent.....how sad is that? Clearly they are/were ill-equipped to do anything. The results on our vets have been nothing short of catastrophic. Brad was a Navy Corpsman assigned to the U.S. Marines as a field corpsman. He served with 2/7 for an extended period. This unit has been hit by suicide at an extreme rate. Brad lost 3 fellow marines in a week at one point. It about crushed him. So this is why I am participating in the Out of the Darkness Walk on May 20th. Its a 16-18 mile walk with survivors, family members and other walkers who have been impacted by suicide and want to raise awareness. I set a modest goal of raising $1,000 and thanks in large part to bp.com members, surpassed that goal. So I changed the goal to $2,000 and am getting close. I may change it again because, well, stopping just doesn't seem right! Here's a link to my page. Please donate if you can. Thank you! http://www.theovernight.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=22335
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
This alligator lizard showed up today while I was working in the yard. Wish there were a dozen of them. Even if they do eat the praying mantises I'm trying to cultivate. Which eat the lady bugs I bought. At least of ones that didn't fly away!!
 
Sunday, March 19 View Page
You can see how irregular the growth pattern is on this mustard. Some is close to a foot tall now while in some pockets it's only about an inch and not growing. I sent soil samples to the lab on Friday I will have them run an 80 B test for disease also. Crap.
 
Wednesday, March 29 View Page
This guy posed for a picture during one of my training walks. Cool right?!
 
Wednesday, March 29 View Page
Hiking in Holy Jim Canyon on Sunday. This is in the Cleveland National Forest here in Orange County. Really pretty right now with all the rain we've had
 
Wednesday, March 29 View Page
This made me laugh. Solar panel mounted on the outhouse. Lol
 
Wednesday, March 29 View Page
Ok this sign at the park made me laugh. Rattlesnakes I get. But toads? Why are they warning us about toads?
 
Wednesday, March 29 View Page
Disease results are in. Mostly good news. Except that the verticillium sucks.
 
Thursday, March 30 View Page
Added 4.9 ounces copper sulfate and 4.6 ounces of zinc. Mixed in hot water and applied with hose-end sprayer
 
Saturday, April 1 View Page
Applied 1 lb 11.5 ounces of manganese with the hose end sprayer. Mixes well. The potash doesn't mix well and I will hand apply it dry next week.
 
Saturday, April 1 View Page
Hand casted 4.14 lbs potash
 
Sunday, April 2 View Page
First tomato blossom of the year!
 
Sunday, April 2 View Page
Tomato plants hit the dirt today.
 
Saturday, April 8 View Page
Time to till in the mustard
 
Saturday, April 8 View Page
Getting close now
 
Saturday, April 8 View Page
Done tilling and watered in.
 
Sunday, April 9 View Page
New shade canopy is up! 30% aluminet fabric to replace the 22% white. Getting close now!
 
Sunday, April 9 View Page
Found some nice planter boxes on Craigslist for less than the cost of the wood. This adds a nice amount of area for small veggies and herbs.
 
Thursday, April 13 View Page
Sheer joy! The tree in the park behind my house that's been blocking a big part of my late afternoon sun broke yesterday. About half the tree was lost. It's like someone thinned it to let more light through to my patch! Thank you Jesus!
 
Friday, April 14 View Page
This juvenile hummingbird was chilling in my yard today while I was gardening. Really liked the red tomato cages!
 
Sunday, April 16 View Page
He is Risen!!!
 
Tuesday, April 18 View Page
Time for a few weeks of Solarization before planting
 
Friday, April 21 View Page
Can you hear the screaming coming from my back yard? It's the Verticillium dying a slow hot painful death.
 

 

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