Sunday, May 17, 2009

First Okra 2009

I'll be firing up the grill in a day or so, as our okra has started coming in. Most of the Clemson Spineless plants have pods, with the first few now obtaining a harvestable length. In comparison, the Emerald and Cajun Delight varieties are growing very slowly. They appear to be several weeks away from producing any pods.

Clemson Spineless Okra 2009

Here are a few more pictures of the garden's progress:


Early Sunglow Corn and Peanut Plants

Gold Nugget Cherry Tomatoes

Monday, May 4, 2009

First Tomato of 2009!

Yesterday, our "Patio" plant produced our first ripe tomato of the year. It wasn't huge, but it was very red and tasted great.

Garden Update

Despite what's seemed like never ending 30+ mph (48+ km) winds this Spring, the container garden is doing ok. The tomato plants are all up in the three-foot range and are putting on quite a few little tomatoes. Our okra and cucumber plants are growing super quickly now that the daily high temperatures are consistently breaking 80 (26.6 c). The corn--a new experiment this year--is racing up as well. All of our various beans and the peanut plants are hanging in, but struggling a bit. Here are a few pictures:

A few of the tomato plants

Silvery Fir Tree tomato plant

A couple of the Clemson Spineless okra plants

Corn plants with peanut plants in the foreground

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Double Surprise!

I haven't blogged in quite a while, but this year's container garden is coming along just fine. So far we have an extensive variety of tomato plants, okra, beans, cucumbers, and herbs progressing nicely. We already have a couple of small tomatoes on the vine, and I'll be posting about these very soon. This year, however, we're growing something other than just vegetables in our household:

Not just one...

...but two new garden helpers!

Yep, that would be TWINS!!

(We are thrilled and completely in shock.)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

2009 Container Garden: Tomatoes

It's been a while since I've posted, but now Spring is nearing and I'm getting the itch to plant 2009's container garden. Honestly, I've already succumbed to temptation and put out two tomato plants--one each of the Patio and a Silvery Fir Tree varieties. It may be a little early, but I couldn't wait and the weather is nice.

Silvery Fir Tree (Started from seed January 10)


In addition to the Patio and Silvery Fir Tree I'll soon be setting out seedlings of the following varieties: Black Krim, Black Prince, Red Siberian, Hawaiian Tropic, German Queen, San Marzano, Brown Berry, Green Grape, and Bicolor Cherry. For the Fall I plan on replacing the poorest performers with Stupice, Black Cherry, and Jubilee.

Tomato Seedlings Under the Grow Lamp

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

And all you can hear is John typing away...

Here is another update from The Wife. 17 of the 24 tomato plants John planted last week have come up, including 1 of the pink ones (wohooo!!!), and he says they look very healthy! John is finishing up several chapters of his dissertation, he literally writes from sunrise to waaay past sunset, and there are deadlines involved, so, therefore, his blogging has been limited... But, he is taking pictures of the seedlings, and I am sure he will post more about the 2009 tomato adventure soon. In the mean time, here is a picture of Tessa helping John read... :)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Please pretend it is December 23, 2008 :)

Happy New Year from The Wife - I just thought we should share a few Christmas photos with you! As you can tell it has been really hectic around here and therefore this post is it is just a TAD late! By the way, John is planting his tomato seeds as I am typing this, we went and got new seedstarter tray contraption and a few new varieties (Cherry tomatoes! Pink ones! White ones! Wohoo!!) so stay tuned for an update from him within the next couple of days.

Tessa all dressed up with her Santa leash & tiny (not!) sparkly bow, on our way to dinner with the dogladies!

...And here are the official 2008 Christmas photos! :)

We wish you everything good in 2009!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A New Year

I haven't posted in a while, as we've been really busy with holiday travel, work, and just life in general. In regard to the container gardening there really hasn't been that much going on--other than a freak Las Vegas snowstorm that wiped out everything! Yes, we returned from Norway to find all of the plants dead--killed by snow! Unfortunately that included the Black Krim that had been the topic of my weekly updates. At least I had cut a few green tomatoes before we left and placed them in paper bags to ripen while we were away. So, the fall tomato planting wasn't a total wash. Anyhow, I am now preparing to start some seeds indoors for the Spring. Hopefully I'll have these out in the containers by the last week of February or first week of March. Will keep you all posted.

Okra Containers (foreground) and Tomato Plants (background) under Las Vegas Snow

Here are some pictures I took while hiking in Norway with Marianne's cousin Gaute and his very cool dog Mano. It's really a breathtakingly beautiful country.