Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Garden Updates

Beautiful Alma Paprikas turning color
Egyptian Walking Onions that I traded at the RIPE Altadena (Residential In-season Produce Exchange of Altadena)

Amish Paste Tomatoes still going strong in the bed we grew the Hairy Vetch cover crop in
4 new beds waiting to go into the ground... But first, the brickwork needs to be completed around the edge of the concrete. The gravel under the concrete keeps coming out and needs to be retained by a brick border.
This bed had the Cucumbers, Corn, Beans and Zucchini. It still has the old Zuke but, I've planted another one a few feet away. Hopefully the new one will take. It had a rough transplant where half of the root ball fell off while I was trying to get it out of the pot. The 4 pots you see are more Cukes. This is the gamble bed, to see if we can coax a few more cukes before the end of summer.
This bed had the Cherry Tomatoes.
The Garlic Chives have grown in quickly after 2 trimmings within 3 weeks.
The Navel Oranges are getting pretty large. We will have a good crop this winter if all goes well.
My brother is giving us a hand digging this Super-dwarf Cavendish outta here. It turns out this plant will never fruit and it's a waste of resources to keep it around.
This is the NEW Banana Tree that is replacing it. The Double Musa (Mahoi). It's supposedly produces 2 bunches of bananas in it's second year. Hopefully this one will bring us the fruits we've been waiting for. Grow tall little one!
In the foreground, the new "Mahoi", behind it is the branble of thornless blackberry, then in the back you can see the larger super-dwarf Cavendish that will soon be yanked
The Garden from the NE view. You can see the sun-chokes have finally flowered against the wall. (yellow daisy-like flowers)

Here's a closer look at the Sun-Choke Flowers backed by white hibiscus flowers
This bed had the other bed of Tomatoes...they didn't fare well because we have root knot nematodes in this bed. In order to help reduce the nematode numbers, I'm trying sesame and marigolds. I'm also going to be spraying more beneficial nematodes again, when the temperatures get a little cooler.

This is White Sesame in the front and Yam behind it
This is the path behind the house I'm standing next to the Loquat tree. On the left, you can see the Rhubarb and the Asian Pear tree stump
Here's the Rhubarb and Stump close-up. Notice the stump is trying to grow back from the base of the tree, which is the root stock. The grafted stock seems to have died off, so we will have to uproot this tree. We're SOOO Saaaad.... :'-( 
On a happier note, our peppers were stellar this year with no insect problems and they are still very productive! The key to our pepper success: Rock Dust!
Some cuttings that we are rooting. Cuban Oregano, Thai Basil, Scented Geraniums and a Plumeria branchling.


Mr. H. said...

Your Amish tomatoes look amazing, ours are doing pretty well too considering our weather this year. I hope you like the Egyptian onions, they are really pretty neat and I only know of a few people that grow them. Very nice garden tour.:)

Rainwater Harvesting said...

congrats for your beautiful garden!