|1. Squash, 2. Bite Missing Cucumber, 3. Sad Cucumber, 4. Poona Kheera Cucumber, 5. Mexican Gherkin Cucumber, 6. Romaneso Broccoli, 7. Broccoli Raab Rapini, 8. Hopi Pink Corn, 9. Green Bean, 10. Green Bean, 11. Green Bean, 12. Dragon Tongue Bush Bean|
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- Travis County Planting Calendar from the county webpage
- Vegetable Varieties and more from Texas A&M Horticulture
- How to avoid Monsanto seeds by Garden of Eatin'
- Seed Organization by I Wet My Plants
- Planting Guide by Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
- Build a DIY Lighting System by You Grow Girl
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- Neil Sperry's Complete Guide to Texas Gardening - a great guide to local gardening; not exclusive to vegetables
- Grow Great Grub - barely looked through this but I love it already; great resource for veggie growing with gorgeous pictures
- Rodale's Vegetable Garden Problem Solver - my absolute go-to book when something isn't right in the garden
- Seed To Seed - seed saving how-to book
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- Jiffy Self-Watering Greenhouse and Jiffy peat pellets - my favorite seed starting method. DO NOT buy these online; go to Walmart or Home Depot and get them for half the price.
- Miracle-Gro Organic Potting Soil - Don't get me started on cheap potting soil! My old soil ended up not wetting. At. All. And nearly killing my tomato seedlings. This stuff is great and has been moist in an open bag on my patio for a month.
- Mater Magic - great fertilizer for tomatoes and other veggies such as peppers.
- Soaker hose of any kind with a faucet timer/programmer. Makes watering the garden effortless and consistent.
- Flickr - picture sharing
- Folia - log and track your garden, ask questions, and follow other gardeners (follow my garden here)
- Soil test kit - can you believe I've never tested my soil? I really need to do this!
- Rooting hormone - so that I can take clippings from friends' plants and start my own
- Siphon mixer - for easy mixing of fertilizer while watering in one. Would this work with a soaker hose? Not sure.
- Texas Organic Vegetable Gardening
- Grocery Gardening
- Square Foot Gardening - yes, I am doing square foot gardening and have yet to buy the book. Oops.
- Alaska Fish Fertilizer - have heard great things about this; once my bottle of fertilizer runs out, I'll get this one next
|1. Black Krim Flower, 2. Squash & Cucumbers, 3. Jalapenos, 4. Boxwood Basil, 5. Tomatoes, 6. Potted Jalapenos|
This is what our seed station looks like right now. Lots and lots of plants growing (some are Sarah's). This is by far my most successful time seed starting ever, so I'm pretty excited.
|1. General Lee Cucumber, 2. Purple Beauty Bell Pepper, 3. Cherokee Purple Tomato, 4. Canteloupe, 5. Emerald Giant Bell Pepper, 6. Pumpkin, 7. Ananas Noir Tomato, 8. Mexican Sour Gherkin Cucumber, 9. Red Bell Pepper, 10. Royal Chico Tomato, 11. Hazelfield Tomato, 12. Basil, 13. Green Grape Tomato, 14. Poona Kheera Cucumber, 15. Poona Kheera Cucumber|
|1. Cilantro, 2. Carrots, 3. Peach Blossoms, 4. Pear Blossoms, 5. Pear Blossoms, 6. Lettuce, 7. Spinach, 8. Spinach, 9. Peas|
seed starting! Woohoo! Two friends and I started our seeds on January 15th, about 8 weeks before our final frost date. In our Jiffy seed starting greenhouses we have tomatoes, peppers, basil, and broccoli, most all of which we purchased from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. We prefer the Jiffy peat pots over other brands because of the netting they have over the dirt, making it much easier to move around the pots after they have expanded. (You'll want to buy these at Home Depot or Walmart, though, not online. Much cheaper.)
Lo and behold, they started growing. This picture is two months old; the greens are huge now. Something keeps poking around in the bag (Chase, I'm talking to you!), so I keep re-burying the potatoes, but last time I found some tiny, round red potatoes. As in, potatoes are actually growing! Root vegetables can be hard because you can't see what is going on under the ground, so I'm very excited to know that there are tiny potatoes growing in my bag.
What are you growing this year?
and then we canned pickles, pickled okra, apple butter, and jalapeno-spiked cherry preserves. Yum. If only the pickles didn’t have to cure for 4 to 6 weeks!
I also hosted book club this month and made these amazing stuffed mushrooms and this raspberry lemonade. Soooo good. And while I’m on the subject, these lettuce wraps are incredible as well. Mmmm, food.