Friday, December 16, 2011

Another Amazing Sunset! And Garden Updates

Thank you everyone for your kind concerns about the wind. :-) Thankfully, we are fine and hardly suffered any damage in our area.
Here is another lovely sunset to share, I did NOT touch this to enhance it except to rotate it so as to straighten the lampost. Aint it spectacular? Below are the Garden Updates.
Our very first harvest of Oxalis Tuberosum (Oca). The larges is about an inch long (2.5cm) so it's not impressive. I think it had to do with the plants being in pots. I decided to plant them in pots because I didn't really have good info on their cultivation requirements in our region. From this year's experience, it appears that they REALLY like cooler/cold temps just above freezing. Go figure, as they were originally domesticated and cultivated in the Andean mountains.
Here we have some Peppers, one Eggplant(actually fruiting!) and 2 tomatoes. Behind them are the Potatoes. All these need to be protected during the cold night so the potted plants go into the "green house" and the potatoes get a row covering each night and sometimes a tea light in a ceramic pot, to help warm the inside of the cover when the temps get below 32F.

Here are the Taters with the row cover at sunset.
G'd ol' boy, Happy. Sunbathing by some mulch.
Now THAT's a bounty!
Backyard tree is now ready for harvest.

This little Meyer Lemon is becoming a strong producer!

Not too shabby with the Navel Oranges either:
Poor baby Fig tree :-(  It grew here from seed. Let's see if it can survive this winter.

The older fig tree has suffered the frost and is now losing it's leaves. There's still a lot of fruit on it, but without the leaves to feed them, they will dry out and drop. Oh wells...
Some frost damage on the Chayote vine.
The Passion Fruit vine seems unaffected by the temps still.
The Garnet and Purple Sweet Potato greens were killed with the frost, so out came the tubers. Now we'll let this bed rest since it hardly gets any sun this time of year.
Daikon Radishes hidden in the shade of the Mikan tree. I planted them the same as the other bed with the Broccoli and the light exposure has shown quite a difference in growth.
Tree Kale/Collard happily growing between the Mikan and Pineapple Guava trees.
Can you believe this? Strawberries have blossoms and even fruit!
Roses blooming even as the baby fig was damaged a few feet from these.
Lavender and Sweet William
Aloe flowers
Meyer Lemon Blossoms
Burdock: I've learn that they really like it cool and have flourished in this autumn/winter climate. Now if the snails would stop eating the leaves...
This bed had edible yam leaves growing, A few tubers were harvested, but we ate the greens mostly. Since I yanked them, I have the yanked vines under the Fig tree so it an decompose. The bed has been planted with Spinach now.

1 comment:

BLD in MT said...

My oh my it is looking swell in your garden! Those heavily laden fruit trees make me swoon a little bit!