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  • New Tomato Varieties 2012

    New Tomato Varieties 2012

    Sep 1, 2012 15:10

    We have some great new tomato varieties in our garden this year. This year we added San Marzano Redorta and Aunt Ruby’s...

     
  • Garden Update: Tomatillos, Serrano Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers, Pink Berkeley Tie Dye Tomato

    Garden Update: Tomatillos, Serrano Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers, Pink Berkeley Tie Dye Tomato

    Aug 21, 2011 13:35

      It was a cooler spring and summer but the garden does not seem to mind much.  The plants are happy and producing...

     
  • Garden Update July 2011: Tomatillo, Diva Cucumber, Zephyr Squash, & 8-Ball Squash

    Garden Update July 2011: Tomatillo, Diva Cucumber, Zephyr Squash, & 8-Ball Squash

    Jul 22, 2011 10:50

    Another great year in the garden.  I truly do not know why more people do not grow their own food.  The quality and variety...

     
  • Marin Garden: Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries…

    Marin Garden: Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries…

    Jun 26, 2011 12:37

    It is berry season here in our little garden and the timing could not be more perfect. The kids LOVE picking berries when...

     
  • First Tomatoes of 2011: Sungold Tomato (June 26, 2011)

    Well, summer has officially started. We spent the week either at the beach or pool and even went to Olema for a quick “camping”...

     
  • Rat-proof compost bin

    Rat-proof compost bin

    May 25, 2011 11:37

    We have been composting all of our kitchen scraps soiled paper etc. for a quite a while now, but we failed to rat-proof...

     
  • Garden Updates August 2010: Tomatoes & Peppers

    Garden Updates August 2010: Tomatoes & Peppers

    Sep 1, 2010 2:24

    The summer gardening season definitely started out slow.  It took forever for the tomato, pepper, and melon plants to get...

     
  • Tree Services / Free Mulch

    Tree Services / Free Mulch

    May 18, 2010 16:12

    We recently got a nice load of cedar wood chips from Marin Tree Service (about 10 yards). They also removed a bunch of...

     
  • Spring update

    I haven’t had much computer time so I have greatly neglected my blogs.  Here is a brief summary of what is happening...

     
  • Growing Tomato (& Tomatillos) from seed without artificial light (Pictorial)

    Growing Tomato (& Tomatillos) from seed without artificial light (Pictorial)

    Mar 21, 2010 19:47

    Hey everyone, This will be my second year gardening and I decided to try growing plants from seed.  Last year I mostly...

     
  • Spring is Here!!

    Spring is Here!!

    Mar 20, 2010 18:58

    Spring is finally here.  I am so excited to get back into the yard and start gardening. Here is a picture of my Babcock...

     
  • Chayote Sprouted: 3 months

    Chayote Sprouted: 3 months

    Feb 20, 2010 2:44

    I am taking pics of my progression trying to grow chayotes.  I bought these chayote from Safeway in december and put...

     
  • MCM Approved Landscape Trees and Plants

    MCM Approved Landscape Trees and Plants

    Jan 8, 2010 13:24

    Now that our home renovation is relatively under control, we’re starting to consider how we want to update our yard...

     
  • Growing Chayote in Northern California

    Growing Chayote in Northern California

    Dec 29, 2009 5:00

    Growing up, I remember my aunt growing this odd vegetable in her backyard.  The plant was huge and took over her the...

     
  • 2010 Garden: Planning in process

    I just started receiving all the gorgeous catalogs and am so excited for my 2010 garden.  I think I have decided what...

     
  • Fall Garden: Broccoli & Cauliflower

    Fall Garden: Broccoli & Cauliflower

    Dec 19, 2009 20:10

    My fall garden has not been as successful as my summer garden.  I need to figure out the timing to put the seeds in. ...

     
  • Vegetable Garden Update: November 2009

    Vegetable Garden Update: November 2009

    Nov 15, 2009 1:33

    I can’t believe we are still picking ripe tomatoes in November.  Granted, they are not as sweet as they were in...

     
  • “Wild” arugala and lettuces

    “Wild” arugala and lettuces

    Oct 25, 2009 23:19

    I call this my “wild” arugala and lettuce because we planted it in the late spring but got hit by a hot spell...

     
  • Tulle Covered Garden

    Tulle Covered Garden

    Oct 25, 2009 23:11

    For our fall garden, we decided to grow cauliflower, broccolli, swiss chard, beets, lettuce, and arugala….all the things...

     
  • Shaded herb garden: 1 month update

    Shaded herb garden: 1 month update

    Oct 25, 2009 23:02

    Here is the shaded herb garden 1 month after planting…you can see the pics in the post below to see the progess it...

     
  • Shaded herb garden

    Shaded herb garden

    Aug 25, 2009 22:03

    I wanted to plant some herbs and greens outside my kitchen for easier access so my wonderful husband built me this. It has...

     
  • Honey Orange Melon Review

    Honey Orange Melon Review

    Aug 25, 2009 21:52

    Last thursday I went out to check on my melons and found this one had split. Boo…i had watered them lightly the day...

     
  • Melon Plant Update: charentais and honey orange

    Melon Plant Update: charentais and honey orange

    Aug 25, 2009 21:30

    Here is my charentais in the cinderblock garden. I have eaten one melon off this plant and it was delicious and have 4 left....

     
  • Garden Update: August 23, 2009 (4 months)

    Garden Update: August 23, 2009 (4 months)

    Aug 25, 2009 21:10

    I have started to neglect my garden as well as my blog. Having 2 boys under the age of 2 will do that to you. I barely have...

     
  • First Charentais Melon

    First Charentais Melon

    Aug 16, 2009 19:29

    I picked my first charentais melon yesterday. I went to the garden to check on it and it split at the bottom. I was a little...

     
  • More tomatoes

    More tomatoes

    Aug 16, 2009 19:27

    I really don’t get sick of taking pictures of my harvest. I am like a proud mother hen. I just think that vegetables...

     
  • Ugliest Black Krim?

    Ugliest Black Krim?

    Aug 16, 2009 19:24

    My Black Krim has been producing these big tomatoes. Some of them are quite interesting looking. I think they are beautiful...

     
  • Salmon Nicoise Salad

    Salmon Nicoise Salad

    Aug 16, 2009 19:18

    Made this delicious salmon nicoise salad for the family on wednesday. It is a great way to showcase your harvest. I found...

     
  • My First Bell Pepper

    My First Bell Pepper

    Aug 16, 2009 19:12

    I picked my first bell pepper yesterday. It is an ace pepper and smaller than peppers in the grocery store and the walls...

     
  • Melon Update: 3.5 months

    Melon Update: 3.5 months

    Aug 9, 2009 20:00

    I picked my first ripe melon today. It was an arava melon.It probably could have stayed on the vine a day or 2 longer but...

     
  • August 9, 2009 Updates

    August 9, 2009 Updates

    Aug 9, 2009 19:43

    Sorry I have been too busy to update the blog. It has been a great season and we are harvesting and eating vegetables and...

     
  • Tomato Harvest (3 months since plant out date)

    Tomato Harvest (3 months since plant out date)

    Jul 26, 2009 21:21

    It has been 3 months since I planted the garden and we are having great harvests so far. These are from the 6 tomato plants...

     
  • Melon Update: 3 month (Charentais, Arava, Honey Orange)

    Melon Update: 3 month (Charentais, Arava, Honey Orange)

    Jul 26, 2009 19:59

    A quick melon update. Here is my charentais in the cinderblock garden. This one is now the size of a softball so I do not...

     
  • Garden Update: July 25, 2009 (3 months)

    Garden Update: July 25, 2009 (3 months)

    Jul 26, 2009 19:35

    Here is the 3 month garden update. Cinderblock garden: Is really taking off. The tomato plants are over 6 feet tall and producing...

     
  • Garden Update: July 14, 2009 (2.5 months)

    Garden Update: July 14, 2009 (2.5 months)

    Jul 15, 2009 6:35

    Just a little life update…our son was born last week. We are just so in love with our little guy. So far he is an easy...

     
  • Lemon Cucumber: female blossom

    Lemon Cucumber: female blossom

    Jul 15, 2009 6:25

    It is petty easy to differentiate betwee the male and female blossoms if you know what to look for. This is a picture of...

     
  • Melons: Orange Honeydew & Charentais

    Melons: Orange Honeydew & Charentais

    Jul 15, 2009 6:15

    Look how fast the orange honeydews are growing. I have 3 melons that are bigger than grapefruit size. There are some smaller...

     
  • Tomato Update & Harvest: Stupice, Cherries, Oaxacan Jewel

    Tomato Update & Harvest: Stupice, Cherries, Oaxacan Jewel

    Jul 15, 2009 5:47

    Here are some tomatoes I picked the other mornng. They are Stupice, Sungold, Sun Sugar, and Sugar Snack. The cherry tomatoes...

     
  • When life gives you lemons….or green tomatoes…

    so I posted below about my son picking a green tomato off of my marvel striped plant. I was so disappointed because I could...

     
  • Stupice FINALLY blushing!

    Stupice FINALLY blushing!

    Jul 6, 2009 2:40

    The Stupice set fruit at the end of May and grew to about golfball size. They have not grown much bigger and have just been...

     
  • Jack Strikes Again!

    I was waiting for one of my bigger tomatos on the marvel striped to start ripening. It has turned from a darker green to...

     
  • Hornworm infestation June 5, 2009

    So a few days ago I found the hornworm below on my sungold in my cinderblock bed. Today when my husband and I were chilling,...

     
  • Cherry Tomatoes are RIPE!

    Cherry Tomatoes are RIPE!

    Jul 5, 2009 21:45

    The Cherry Tomatoes are all ripe and have been for the last week or so. We have probably had about 15 ripe cherries so far...

     
  • Yummy Lemon Cucumber

    Yummy Lemon Cucumber

    Jul 5, 2009 21:39

    Here’s a picture of a lemon cucumber. They can get more yellow but by then the seeds are too big and the flavor is...

     
  • Lemon Cucumbers are HERE!

    Lemon Cucumbers are HERE!

    Jun 30, 2009 4:22

    We never got around to building a trellis for our lemon cucumber. We have been so busy with parties, family and friend visits...

     
  • Melon Update: Arava, Charentais, Honey Orange all have fruitset!

    Melon Update: Arava, Charentais, Honey Orange all have fruitset!

    Jun 30, 2009 4:14

    I asked my husband to put down some cardboard as sort of a mulch so my melons would not have to ripen on the hard, dirty,...

     
  • Ace Pepper Progress

    Ace Pepper Progress

    Jun 30, 2009 4:10

    I just wanted to post some pics of my Ace Bell Pepper. This plant is supposed to be a good producer and not have a problem...

     
  • The Garden Bad Guys (Hornworms & Cabbage Looper)!

    The Garden Bad Guys (Hornworms & Cabbage Looper)!

    Jun 29, 2009 20:44

    The last couple of days I found these 2 caterpillars in my garden. I was looking over my sungold in my cinderblock garden...

     
  • First Ripe Tomato of the Season: Sun Sugar

    First Ripe Tomato of the Season: Sun Sugar

    Jun 25, 2009 22:26

    My Sun Sugar was the first to ripen. I am so excited to try it as it is supposed to be very sweet and yummy. My cherries...

     
  • Cinderblock & Wood Garden Update: June 25, 2009 (2 months)

    Cinderblock & Wood Garden Update: June 25, 2009 (2 months)

    Jun 25, 2009 22:17

    A brief 2 month Update. I am due any day now so it is very difficult to take pics. Here is the cinderblock garden. The sun...

     
  • The good guys!

    The good guys!

    Jun 25, 2009 22:15

    Went out this morning and this little (actually not so little) bee was pollinating my tomato, squashes, cucmbers, and melons. I...

     
  • Oaxacan Jewel: Stubby little plant

    Oaxacan Jewel: Stubby little plant

    Jun 25, 2009 22:11

    This is my cute Oaxacan Jewel. It is such a stubby little plant. I think it is wider than it is tall and stands at about...

     
  • Marvel Striped: Monster Plant & Prolific!

    Marvel Striped: Monster Plant & Prolific!

    Jun 25, 2009 22:02

    Marvel Stripe(d): This heirloom variety has become one of gardeners’ favorite bicolored tomatoes because of its beauty,...

     
  • Lemon Cucumber

    Lemon Cucumber

    Jun 25, 2009 21:44

    Just thought I would share a pic of a baby lemon cucmber. I am not sure if this has been pollinated but did see a honeybee...

     
  • First Tomato Casualty: San Marzano & BER (Blossom End Rot)

    First Tomato Casualty: San Marzano & BER (Blossom End Rot)

    Jun 25, 2009 21:37

    Well, I had my first tomato casualty today. I was sort of expecting it as things have been going TOO smoothly in my garden....

     
  • Tomato Update

    Tomato Update

    Jun 17, 2009 21:47

    Here is a small update…i will post a more detailed one next week. This is my stupice…yesterday part of it wilted...

     
  • Mystery Plant in our Compost

    Mystery Plant in our Compost

    Jun 17, 2009 21:44

    Does anyone have any idea what it is? We eat alot of fruit so maybe papaya? it looks like a type of squash or melon but...

     
  • Neptune’s Harvest Fish Emulsion Time

    It has only been 2 weeks since I last fertilized with EB Stone but I read to fertilize once you get fruitset on your tomato...

     
  • First squash Harvest

    First squash Harvest

    Jun 7, 2009 21:34

    Here is a pic of my cocozelle zucchini. This is a great beginner squash plant. It does not get too big and is a good producer....

     
  • Vegetable Garden Update June 7, 2009

    Vegetable Garden Update June 7, 2009

    Jun 7, 2009 21:20

    Here is the vegetable garden update for June 7, 2009. It has been about 1.5 months since I put the planted out. Here is the...

     
  • Tomato Fruitset Update: June 4, 2009

    I just wanted to update on which plants have fruitset: Marvel Striped: has about 2 large babies. They are about the size...

     
  • First Harvest: June 2, 2009

    Well I harvested my first “veggies” from the garden. I wish i took pics but i was so excited to eat them that...

     
  • Another one bites the dust…

    …actually make that 2 of them today. well a few weeks ago my husband caught and killed a mole. On friday when we were...

     
  • Cocozelle Zucchini

    Cocozelle Zucchini

    May 30, 2009 16:19

    I love this zucchini plant so far. It is a very vigorous grower and the flowers are gorgeous! Also, crossing my fingers but...

     
  • Garden Update May 30, 2009

    Garden Update May 30, 2009

    May 30, 2009 16:01

    I know I just updated with pics one week ago but I just wanted to show how much growth can occur in such a short time. Here...

     
  • Ace Pepper has a blossom!

    Ace Pepper has a blossom!

    May 23, 2009 21:24

    My little ace pepper has a flower. This plant is so tiny compared to my tomato plants. It is only about 10 inches tall but...

     
  • Melon Plants

    Melon Plants

    May 23, 2009 21:21

    Here are 2 of 6 melon plants that I have. They were really slow growing when the weather was cooler but now that it is starting...

     
  • We love our Strawberries!

    We love our Strawberries!

    May 23, 2009 20:45

    I just wanted to post about our strawberries. They are such an easy and pretty plant. This morning our son picked 2 ripe...

     
  • May 23, 2009: Time to Fertilize!

    May 23, 2009: Time to Fertilize!

    May 23, 2009 16:54

    Well it has been 1 month since I last used fertilizer. I had put some Dynamite Mater Magic Tomato Food (5-5-9) in the planting...

     
  • May 22, 2009: 1 Month progress

    May 22, 2009: 1 Month progress

    May 23, 2009 1:21

    Well I guess today is a good day to show the progression of the garden. We planted out on April 23, 2009 and these pics were...

     
  • Tomato Fruitset May 20, 2009 (less 4 weeks since plant out)

    I just wanted to update on the tomato plants. Weather has been ideal for fruitset. Temps in the day are between 75-90 degrees,...

     
  • Vegetable Garden update May 14, 2003: first tomato fruit set!!

    Vegetable Garden update May 14, 2003: first tomato fruit set!!

    May 15, 2009 3:30

    It has been exactly 3 weeks since we planted in the garden beds. The poor little transplants looked so tiny and i was afraid...

     
  • Vegetable Garden Planted April 23, 2009

    Vegetable Garden Planted April 23, 2009

    May 15, 2009 2:24

    I am late posting this but we planted our vegetable garden on April 23 and here are some pics. My wonderful husband built...

     
  • What’s eating my basil?

    What’s eating my basil?

    May 4, 2009 21:26

    A few days ago I went outside to find my beautiful, perfect basil was being eaten. Whatever it was did quite a bit of damage...

     
  • Busy, Busy, Busy / Garden update

    Well we finished our 2 raised beds and have been busy. We have been: composting up a storm planting seedlings. We planted...

     
  • He Did IT!!

    Well I am proud to say my husband caught his first mole. I love animals but these little suckers are destructive. YAY for...

     
  • San Rafael Gardening Weather

    I just wanted to post some information about the weather where I am located to give you a better idea of what I am dealing...

     
  • Raised garden beds

    Raised garden beds

    Mar 18, 2009 16:13

    We want to build raised garden beds in our back yard for growing herbs and vegetables. It seems like a pretty strait forward...