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Patio Garden 2016

I normally get very excited with growing my vegetables in my small patio garden. But lately I have been too busy with work and classes, and frustrated with the squirrels, but not so much that I would give up entirely!

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I didn’t try my organic seeds this Spring, but I did finally plant a tomato, zucchini, red bell pepper, fresh herbs: basil, parsley and mint and blueberries!

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I still have my curry leaf plant, safely indoors tucked away from the elements!

So far so good…

My Patio Garden this year is not to its usual standard. But I still hope to plant some greens, once there is a breather…

Will keep you posted.

See:

Patio Garden 2015
Patio Garden 2014
Patio Garden 2013
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This week’s harvest

I harvested some beans (Italian and Indian Broad bean), tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, zucchini blossoms and Red Sorrel Leaves. I still have some mustard greens, basil and parsley. Growing jalapenos and at least one growing Bell Pepper.

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Fall is almost upon us and I expect this is almost the last of the summer produce. At least my tomato is done. While I planned and prepared for squirrels and birds, utimately it was the Virginia Stink Bug that invaded my tomato plant. I harvested, the still green and untouched tomatoes and left the rest alone. Next year I definetly need to plan for the Stink Bug!

Likewise, I harvested, the ready to eat Red Sorrel leaves, so I could chop, blanch and freeze them for later use.

My Indian Broad bean remained latent most of the summer, but finally produced some beans. Not enough to cook stand alone, but I am sure with the white eggplant, tomatoes, Italian beans and herbs, I am bound to come up with something fresh!

It has been a fun summer of learning and planting from seeds… I am looking forward to next Spring/Summer already!

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Travails of Patio Gardening

I have been crazy about gardening, as long as I have been crazy about cooking: since a teenager! I loved to cook new recipes, bake and take care of the garden in my home. I trimmed, watered and cherished the plants we grew in our garden back home.

I struggled (and continue to struggle ) with squirrels and birds wanting to peck and bite into my tomatoes, jalapenos and finally my bell pepper. Jalapeno really?

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Those pesky Squirrels!

This year, I wrapped my tomato plan in some mesh. It was all good until my plant reached the top of the mesh. Unfortunately, the squirrels can reach my tomatoes again, peck into them and bite, pluck or eat them 😦

Next year, I hope to be better prepared and wrap my netting sooner and much better than I did this year.

Go here for tips and tricks for protecting your plants from the marauding squirrels….

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Green Peach Aphid?

Jet of water to the rescue…

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One evening I found my blueberry plant covered in maybe cabbage-worms? While I didn’t get a single blueberry this year,  I was loath to have my other plants invaded!

Snip…snip…. snip! I trimmed the blueberry plant to bare minimum to rid it of the vermin and prevent proliferation of it…

This year, so far , I have tried:

Water blaster
Bubble Blaster and even
Sergeant Pepper’s Spray.

Here is the recipe for Sergeant Pepper’s Spray. I used Natural Dish-washing liquid.

Ingredients:

6 garlic cloves
1-2 hot peppers
1 tsp dish wash soap
1 cup water

Blend and sift in a coffee/tea filter. Cool. And spray on leaves both over and below.

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After lying dormant for a few months, i.e. since late April/May, my Indian broad bean is showing action.

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Yeah… I am excited!

Each year I learn something new, and improve my gardening skills. Although rampant with challenges, it has been a great year for organic gardening, as well as semi organic gardening. More so, since I had myriads of seeds from around the world to experiment. While not all seeds are of organic origin, I continue to use organic soil, organic vegetable food and gentle organic practices to rid my plants of unwanted vermin!

The pleasure of, from garden to plate, is beyond doubt incredible!

Resources:

My go 2 site for Organic Gardening!
More Garden to Plate
From Garden to Plate