Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Garden Report 2013.04.23

Lettuce is nearly finished.  Starting to bolt as the temperatures increase. 

Dug one of the garlic bulbs because there were small cloves starting to form on the stalk/neck.  My research tells me that there is no harm in the cloves forming in the neck.  I was very pleasantly surprised with the size of the underground clove and will leave the rest in the ground for a while longer.

Cut the first artichoke and discovered that there are 3 more small ones forming on the plant.  This is the first experience growing artichokes.  My advice so far, feed heavily.

Tomatoes and peppers are blooming and setting fruit.

Just love finding these guys, swallowtail butterfly caterpillars.  They are so bright and colorful. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Garden Report 2013.04.14

Tomatoes and Peppers are growing and blooming in spite of the crazy temperature swings over the last month.
Overnight frost protection has been required for 5 nights since they were put in the ground but no apparent damage from the cold nights.  Offset those nights with highs that have already reached 90.   Crazy.  

DS Ollas are performing well.  The ground is staying moist.  Keeping my fingers crossed that they will be up to the task of real Texas heat when it arrives.  

Lettuce, lettuce and more lettuce.   So fresh and flavorful.

Radishes are finished and garlic is showing signs of being almost ready to pull.

Two varieties of Garlic

Cucumbers, watermelon, squash and flowers have all sprouted but are still very small.

Blackberries are blooming.

Blessed with rain over the last few weeks so the landscape is green for now.