March 2012 Vegetable Garden  

No two gardens are the same.  No two days are the same in one garden.  

Pull Those Winter Weeds, Turn The Soil, Plant The Babies

The straw mulch is in place ... You are seeing squash, pole beans, peas, carrots, onions, beets, tomatoes

Keeps the sun from baking the dirt into clay ... green peppers, tomatores, beets, edimame (soy beans), and grapes

The Gnomes are watching the cherry tomatoes

Did You Know? - A cherry tomato is a small variety of tomato that has been cultivated since at least the early 1800s ] and thought to have originated in Peru and Northern Chile . Cherry tomatoes range in size from a thumbtip up to the size of a golf ball, and can range from being spherical to slightly oblong in shape. The more oblong ones often share characteristics with plum tomatoes, and are known as grape tomatoes.

Records of Santorini cherry tomatoes being heavily cultivated in Greece can be found as far back as 1875, from seeds brought there by a monk in the early 1800s. Locals believe that the seeds were imported from somewhere in Egypt. Cherry tomatoes have been popular in the United States since at least 1919. Recipes using cherry tomatoes can be found in articles dating back to 1967

Strawberries, string beans and squash... You can almost hear them grow

Front yard strawberries and tomatoes

Did You Know? - The garden strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, is a hybrid species that is cultivated worldwide for its fruit, the (common) strawberry. The fruit (which is not a botanical berry, but an aggregate accessory fruit) is widely appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. It is consumed in large quantities, either fresh or in prepared foods such as preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice creams, and milkshakes. Artificial strawberry aroma is also widely used in many industrialized food products.

The garden strawberry was first bred in Brittany, France, in the 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile by Amédée-François Frézier in 1714.

The orange trees are loaded with blossoms

I see a juice tree

1000 avacado's await

Did You Know? - The avocado (Persea americana) is a tree native to Central Mexico, classified in the flowering plant family Lauraceae along with cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel. Avocado or alligator pear also refers to the fruit (botanically a large berry that contains a single seed ) of the tree, which may be pear-shaped, egg-shaped or spherical.

Avocados are commercially valuable and are cultivated in tropical and Mediterranean climates throughout the world. They have a green-skinned, pear-shaped fleshy body that ripens after harvesting. Trees are partially self-pollinating and often are propagated through grafting to contenttain a predictable quality and quantity of the fruit

The herb garden is started from scratch

Swiss Chard... One of our favorites

Did You Know? - Chard (Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla), is a leafy green vegetable often used in Mediterranean cooking. While the leaves are always green, chard stalks vary in color. Chard has been bred to have highly nutritious leaves at the expense of the root (which is not as nutritious as the leaves). Chard is, in fact, considered to be one of the healthiest vegetables available and a valuable addition to a healthy diet (not unlike other green leafy vegetables). Chard has been around for centuries, however because of its similarity to beets is difficult to determine the exact evolution of the different varieties of chard

The apple tree is loaded

Hope our spray worked


We have picked two hundred off this tree so far

The green parrots did a "fly over"

The nectarine tree just got fed

Did You Know? - The nectarine cultivar group of peaches have a smooth skin. It is often referred to as a "shaved peach", "fuzzy-less peach" or "shaven peach" due to its lack of fuzz or short hairs.

Though fuzzy peaches and nectarines are regarded commercially as different fruits, with nectarines often erroneously believed to be a crossbreed between peaches and plums, or a "peach with a plum skin", they belong to the same species as peaches. Several genetic studies have concluded nectarines are created due to a recessive allele, whereas a fuzzy peach skin is dominant.

Kumquats are doing well

Did You Know? - Kumquats or cumquats are a group of small fruit-bearing trees in the flowering plant family Rutaceae, either forming the genus Fortunella, or placed within Citrus sensu lato. The edible fruit closely resembles that of the orange (Citrus sinensis), but it is much smaller and ovular, being approximately the size and shape of an olive. The English name "kumquat" derives from the Cantonese word "gam gwat".

They are slow-growing evergreen shrubs or short trees, from 2.5 to 4.5 metres (8 to 15 ft) tall, with dense branches, sometimes bearing small thorns. The leaves are dark glossy green, and the flowers white, similar to other citrus flowers, borne singly or clustered in the leaf-axils. Depending on size, the kumquat tree can produce hundreds or even thousands of fruits each year.

Grapefruit is going mad

Peaches courtesy of our neighbor

Blue berries

Late afternoon Sun keeps the babies

Our own peach tree

The grapes are coming out

We Are Tired, Let's Eat!

The veggies looked so good we went to our favorite restaurant and ate veggies

Vegetable thupla