The first signs of green , cultivated in the backyard after moving to Zone8/9.
Tomato is the edible, often red berry type fruit of a tomato plant. The tomato is consumed in diverse ways, including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes, sauces, salads, and drinks. A favorite is the chutney, which involves laborious (and sometimes messy) cooking process, but the outcome is worth it.
The English word tomato comes from the Spanish word, tomate, derived from the Nahuatl (Aztec language) word tomatl.
Use of tomato as a food originated in Mexico, and spread throughout the world thereafter. Its many varieties are now widely grown, sometimes in greenhouses in cooler climates.
The plants typically grow to 1–3 meters (3–10 ft) in height and have a weak stem that often sprawls over the ground and vines over other plants. Often grown outdoors in temperate climates. Him and Her devised a system of stakes and intertwined threads together as a support for the plants as they grew taller.
Heres one of the harvest of 2015-red, organically grown, happy looking and smile spreading bunch! Thats more than 2lbs of a mix of Roma,big red and small Campari.
Info Courtesy : Wiki
Picture courtesy: TheValleyGreens and iPhone
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Gardening is holistic for some of us who don’t hit the gym too often.
The boon and the bane in organic gardening is the weed/pest control.
The carrot (Daucus carota) is a root vegetable, usually orange in color, though also has different other colors at times as seen in markets.
The most commonly eaten part of a carrot is a taproot.
Started from the seeds, Him and Her read up several information sites and decided to have about 16 plants per square feet for carrot. Spacing the tiny specks of seeds wasn’t done to precision, which is quite plausible.
Later readings and www helped to realize that a mix of the seeds with some grains of sand does well to space out the seeds comfortably.
Ensure to thin out once the saplings are out and about. This is required to have a “carrot” shaped “carrot” harvest !
With the rocky terrain of the garden plot, inspite of a lot of cleaning the stones before start of gardening, there were carrots that grew around and about the stones/pebbles underground and this posed a challenge in cleaning the crop after harvest.
- Needs a lot of room to spread out and grow.
- Days to harvest: 60 days
- Grows in warm weather and grows best in direct sunlight.
- Once the plants have grown to a decent size, their broad leaves will help keep the area weed-free by shading out invading plants.
- Prone to develop powdery mildew.
- Zucchinis require pollination before they can begin producing fruit. If there is not a healthy population of bees, hummingbirds or other natural means of pollination, you can pollinate each plant manually. Male flowers have elongated stems with a collection of tubelike stamens inside. Peel away the petals and brush the stamens inside a female flower to pollinate it.
- Harvest zucchini when the fruits are small for better flavor and tender crop.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the zucchini off , to avoid damaging the plant.
- Produces fruit throughout its growing season.
And also read up to know that one of the culinary dishes from this crop is the famous ratatouille.
To smell the flowers,
To admire the snowman,
To feel the rain,
To bask in the sun,
To say hello and to be thankful.
To smile your worries away,
To go green .
In the post, “Full House” , the herbs and plants grown in the raised bed were displayed. To note, they were not pruned and allowed to grow in full splendor, and treated as a kitchen garden.
Heres a list of the herbs/veggies/flora that were part of the raised bed and around it:
- Basil (Lots of it)
- Jasmine (Being the friendly neighbor)
Him and Her got a small mint stalk from the temple visited in Peoria, IL and reserved a square in the raised bed . Dill, Basil were from packet of seeds purchased at the nearest Walmart/Meijer. Okra was accompanying the wild one (the tomato). Jasmine was His surprise to Her on a pleasant weekday evening, sapling purchased from a local nursery.
The 4 by 4 square foot raised garden project did very well for the hardy plants.
There are atleast 5 plants thriving in this picture. Not to miss the wild ones too.
And, most green ingredients needed to make a pesto sauce are here too