Thursday, April 26, 2012

Garden Update

I haven't posted a garden update in a while.

The weather here has been crazy.  Out of nowhere it got warm.  I was in the 70 and 80's for several days.  Then, just as quickly, we had some nights where it got down into the mid 30's.  Luckily I didn't lose any plants.  I moved all of my container plants inside on the cold nights.  The peppers that were in the ground got covered with buckets.  They certainly haven't grown as much as the ones in the containers.

My upside down tomato plant seems to be doing OK.  There's even something growing out of the top of it.  I have climbed up there to find out what it is.

 These are 9 squash plants and 3 more kale plants.  I haven't figured out where I'm going to plant them yet.

Pepper plants in containers.

Kale and broccoli plants in the front yard.
The tomatoes have gotten so big that I had to tie them up.
I've planted beans and spinach seeds as well, but they haven't done anything yet.  I'll post pictures of the plants in the back yard some other time.  They haven't done as well.  They don't get enough sun. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Purple Kale Juice

The other day I ran across redbor kale.  It's kale that has a purple/red color.

My wife was able to find purple kale at the store today.  I don't know if it's redbor, or some other type.  I decided to make juice out of it.

I used the following:
  • kale
  • 1 pear
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 leaves of Romaine lettuce
  • 1 inch of ginger
This is a picture of the finished product.

I thought it tasted good.  I'd say it was a little more bitter than usual, but I've never been able to get two batches of juice to taste the same.

If I can ever find seeds, purple kale is something that I'm going to grow.

Monday, April 9, 2012

BT - I have to see how this works.

I did some reading today and discovered that bacillus thuringiensis, or BT as it is commonly known, is the preferred method for getting rid of cabbage worms.
It's an organic pesticide.  The worms eat it and die.  I picked some up a Lowes today.  At $11, I thought it was kind of expensive.  The bottle is 16 oz, and only need one Tbsp. per gallon of water.  With a ratio like that, this stuff ought to last me a while. 

I mixed some in the required ratio and put it into a spray bottle (also from Lowes).  Then I went around my yard and sprayed the few plants I had left.  I don't know how well it worked.  Some of the plants stayed wet, and others just repelled the water and it ran right off.  I guess I'll just have to wait and see.  The bottle said that it needs to be applied weekly, and that you shouldn't apply it on the same day you harvest (duh!).  From what I read, you can ingest the stuff, but I don't think I'll be taking that chance.  I don't plan on applying the stuff for a week before I pick it, and I'll be sure to wash it before eating.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Caught him red handed.

I wasn't able to get a picture, but I caught the bugger eating my plants.  It was a cabbage worm.  The little critter was green and blended in.  I almost didn't see him.  Anyway, it was about an inch long and fuzzy.  I should do some more research to see what can be done about them.  It's probably too late.  Most of my cabbage plants are too far gone.