Saturday, July 28, 2012

Washington State Blackberries Are Coming In

It is late July, for all of you living in Western Washington you know what that means. Blackberry season is coming! I took the boys down to the Marina yesterday with the double stroller. There are many more blackberry bushes in this area than where I lived last year. I say only five ripe berries, the rest of them were green. I would give it a few more weeks and blackberry season is here!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

jobes tomato spikes

for spikes in each pot
I purchased some tomato spike fertilizers yesterday at Fred Meyer. They were very cheap. The ingredients are...

• 1.3% Water Insoluble Nitrogen 
• 0.9% Urea Nitrogen
• Available Phosphate 24%
• Soluble Potash 8%

I can tell that my plants have a huge root system, and I need to repot them. With the babies, I do not have any time to do it. What will happen to my tomato plants if I do not get them into bigger pots? The pots currently have 3 to 4 cherry tomato plants.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Weird things in the garden

Original Material was found in France and cultivated by the Dutch 
One of my Facebook friends reposted an image originally posted by Organic Green Roots. The image was of a white strawberry with red seeds. Pineberry is a South American berry that looks like a strawberry but tastes like a pineapple. Apparently it almost went extinct and was rescued by Dutch farmers.  I never heard of such a thing. How Amazing. Evolution is one of the most wonderful things.

Monday, July 16, 2012

My cherry tomatoes are starting!

I made the mistake of not planing them in a bigger pot. We will see what happens this summer. I am so proud that I grew them from seed.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Time to Harvest the Basil

It is time to make Pesto Everybody! This is one of my favorite treats. I love pesto on shrimp, chicken, pasta and appetizers. I grow my own basil. My kitchen smelt like an Italian restaurant. The best part is that after harvesting the leaves, the plants are thriving on my balcony. I am going to make pesto all summer long.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Cherry Tomatoes

I have two pots of cherry tomatoes growing on my balcony. Each pot contains about three individual plants. This is a picture of me with one of my pots on the 4th of July. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Two Pots of cherry tomatoes

Several weeks ago I planted some cherry tomato seeds. I put them up on the balcony and forgot about them. One day I checked and I noticed that they grew three inches.

It was a pleasant surprise. I went to Lowes and purchases a five pound bag of organic fertilizer and transplanted the plants into two separate, larger containers. I was very careful not to damage the root system when pulling them out.

In the following weeks, these plants have sprung up even more. I am expecting a very healthy growth of cherry tomatoes this summer. I will probably just use these tomatoes on our salads. If I have any left over, I will make sun dried tomatoes and store them for other dishes.