Stone Hill Garden's start to 2012


Tabatha and Shane head shotAfter a long delay, I am back to  blogging. We had a rather mild winter here in southern California. My unattractive greenhouse provided a great environment for our broccoli, cauliflower, and beets. We recently harvested the last of these items and have enjoyed the wonderful flavor that they have added to our plates. My children enjoyed helping me pull the cauliflower and were more than willing to pose for a few pictures.


 Picking cauliflower

I have removed the plastic from the dome greenhouse for two reasons: 1) The tape was not holding, and the plastic kept falling off of the frame, and 2) the weather here is nice, and we don't have to worry about any more frost.

Last fall, I ordered some seeds and have started tomato, pepper, cantelope, carrot, zucchini, and eggplant seeds. I had the brilliant idea of using soil that I saved from a failed attempt at starting seeds in the fall. Well, I had some unexpected sprouts come up in the soil that I had started some tomatoes in. Actually, I had about 12 of these sprouts pop up. The sprouts look like they may be a type of squash, but I don't remember trying to start any squash in the fall. I have nine of these sprouts left, and I am looking forward to them producing a harvest so I can figure out what they are. My only guess is that these seeds needed a cold spell before they would sprout. They deffinitely got their cold spell while the dirt sat in a bucket in my garage during the winter.

Started from seed

5/4/2012 3:55:31 AM

Dave, I enjoy sharing our 'adventures' with everyone. I just finished up an 8 week training course that had me worn out with all of the academic work that I had to do. I graduated the course and my routine is back to normal. I actually had the opportunity to talk about gardening with some of the other Marines in my class and show off my vegetables that I took with me for lunch. One of the guys in my class rents a house on an avocado orchard, so I think I will be able to trade some harvest with him in the future.

4/27/2012 2:31:15 AM

Tabatha and Shane, I'm glad to see you back to blogging again. You have quite the little garden helpers, don't you? I too have some tomato volunteers growing in the garden. I am going to try to transplant them as they are heirloom Rutgers and should do just fine. I think I counted about six which is enough for my backyard garden. I hope to hear about your gardening experiences a little more often. Have a great day in the garden.

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