2017 Harvest

Friday, April 27, 2012

Planting tomatoes and cucumbers

Today I had a busy morning. Sun was shining yesterday all day so the soil is finally dry enough for planting.
Like every nosy gardener first I went to check how my peas are doing.
They grew a lot in last few days :)

It was kind of psychical preparing for all the work that I had to do today.
First there was a lot of digging followed by my mom's laughing. She told me I look like a little kid playing around in dirt. I have no idea why she thought that, all I did was sit on the ground and dig holes with a little shovel. :)
Than came "the yucky part" placing rabbit manure in holes followed with a "disgusting face" ( I can be such a typical girl sometimes).
After all of that playing around beds were finally ready for planting.

Cucumbers are easier to do so I did them first (always start with easier things)
This is how the bed looked before sowing seeds, and yes those big holes are from me sitting while digging :)

Of course I forgot to take picture while I was sowing but it was sooo hot today (24°C or 75F) and I just wanted to finish it.
This year we'll have pickling cucumbers Levina F1 and Verde Ortolani Sensation salad cucumbers. I've spent 20 minutes searching for original name because here in Croatia "smart guys" who make seed bags only write Croatian names on them.

After sowing cucumbers came the time for tomatoes seedlings. Again there was a lot of digging and placing manure inside the holes. Then I gathered all seedling containers and rolled down the garden with them (only slipped once).
I can't say how deep were the holes because I did every hole differently.
But they looked like this

Then came the time to plant tomato seedling. I've removed them from containers, placed them with the soil from container inside the hole and covered it with soil from the garden. Each tomato has his little white tag so we would know what variety is in which hole.

3 days ago my mom sprayed all seedlings with copper sulfate. Yes I know  some of you will now say: "that's poison", but it's the only way to have some tomatoes without the diseases killing them. And at least we are sure that it's only sprayed with this, in the market you can only have faith that they didn't spray them every single day( like some of them do).

I've planted 50 containers today (100 seedlings).

As you may notice when I plant them I don't leave much space between poles. On every seed bag you will read that each seedling should be at least 70cm from other seedling. Over the years we have learned that it's not necessary to leave so much space between them if every seedlings has enough manure. Another thing that is good if you plant them closer is that seedling will grow forming a little jungle and hold each-other. That can be very helpful if you have a garden on windy side like we do, when wind comes tomato branches will not break.

When I was done with planting tired and happy that it's finally over I've decided to rest on my balcony and take pictures of my work.

Then I heard my neighbors on the other hill fighting so I watched them amused by what I saw. Old couple was sowing corn and because they have a very little tractor every time he lowered planter the front side of the tractor raised up. After they shouted for 10 minutes they finally decided what to do. While he was going up the hill he's wife was sitting on front part of the tractor and when he was going down the hill she was running after him.
I know it's not good to laugh when somebody is working but they were so funny :)

I could not take a better photo. With zoom it looks like that. The blue thingy is that little tractor and white dot besides him is women running down.

I've took another last photo of my garden and went to the kitchen to try to win a fight with dirty dishes :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

People say that after the rain comes a rainbow well here it is :)

They forgot to mention that also comes more rain. Before we became frogs we got some time to make another net for cucumbers (of course it was raining while we were finishing it)

Also poles for tomatoes are in the ground...and now we can wait for a nicer and warmer weather.

While we wait my dad bought some new flowers

 But nothing can be planted without Nero watching every move we make :)

Bought 2 new Fuchsia plants

Basically there is nothing that can be done outside...only watch how it rains and enjoy our lilac tree blossom

Friday, April 20, 2012

Finally 2 days without the rain so I can get in the garden without sliding down on my butt :)
It looks pretty nice for now.
Peas are out and it seems bugs didn't eat much :)

On higher net we have planted Rondo peas and on the smaller one Progress. This is the first year that we plant Progress and the truth is we don't really know how tall it will grow so we made a smaller net (just in case it decides to grow really tall)

We also have "American wonder" peas (2 rows)

Onions are growing nicely too

Lettuce is still covered and hopefully it will grow nice and strong

Front yard is also waking up :)

First tulip finally bloomed...

Lilac went crazy :)

Strawberry barrel has her first flowers...and something already ate few of its leaves

Another thing that is waking up are trees (and allergies)

There are cotton thingies flying EVERYWHERE... annoying little cottons covered whole yard, got in the house, they even get in the hair and clothes when somebody is outside, and not only me but even my dog is sneezing because of them.

I just hate those little evil cotton devils :(

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Rain...rain...and more rain

Crazy weather strikes again. Since Easter there wasn't a single day without rain. And temperatures are really low. Every morning they are below 5°C (41F)
Our peppers weren't growing, so now they got a new house, our living room.
All of the windows are filled with peppers :)

Soroksari is still really small, they didn't grow since we moved them to separate cups.

On the other window he have Elephant's ear peppers and watermelons

They started to grow(finally)

And because it's so cold our "coffin" got new occupants...basically everything is now inside :) Tomatoes, bush bean seedlings, zucchini, salad cucumbers

Note to all: this big green plants are tomatoes and not "weed that makes you smile" ;)

Today "coffin" was closed all day and with an extra plastic cover, but still temperature inside was around 15°C (59F)

Only vegetable happily growing at this weather is mixed salad... I already cut some of it for delicious dinner :)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tomatoes and peppers

My mom always says that a garden without tomatoes and peppers isn't a vegetable garden so we plant A LOT of them :D
our seeds start their life in something I call a coffin :) It's a little greenhouse my dad made
First we only had a wooden/plastic greenhouse but it was too small so I made other one(right one) from an old shelf and plastic foil.
In the plastic thing go tomatoes when they are bigger and wooden one keeps peppers from cold.

This year we plan to have 200 seedlings of peppers(soroksari,elephant's ear, rotundum and pepperoni mild and hot)
In March they looked like this
They are placed in old food container until seedlings have 2 strong leaves.
Then we pick the strongest ones and place them in separate containers.
It's complicated I know and it would be faster to separate them from the beginning but we don't have enough room to do it earlier :/

For pepper containers we use old toilet paper rolls.They are pretty easy to make you just press roll to flatten it,cut a little on the angles

then flatten it to the other side and cut again

and then fold it like a normal paper box

When we run out of rolls I make the same ones out of paper.
To make them take any old newspapers and fold them in half.Then take something round(glass or something like that) I use old hair dye plastic bottle(just cut the top to make it look like a glass)

Place bottle on newspaper
Then roll paper around bottle and push the part on paper that is free inside of the bottle

Use stick or scissors or anything with a top and push the bottle out and then reverse papercup

push plastic bottle inside of the cup to flatten the bottom of the papercup and when it's done just tape the part of paper on the side.And woala you have a pretty little cup for your pepper seedlings :)

This is how our pepper looks now :)

We also planted 100 seeds of different tomatoes(campbell, oxheart, marglobe, rio grande,sultan F1, napoli, san marzano, black krim, costoluto and saint pierre)
For tomatoes we use recycled milk tetra pack.Just cut the top off, or if it is shaped like a box cut it in half, wash it and you can plant your tomato seedlings.