Saturday, May 25, 2013

The last box is planted with sweet potatoes

I have been saving this last planter until I could pick up some sweet potato slips.  Now I have them and put 5  into the boxes.  The lady at the farm market said plant 1 foot apart.

Squash are 4 feet high!

I don't remember when I panted them but it can't be more than a few weeks.  They are really climbing and the first flower is about to open.

I also checked the turnips and they have some nice-sized tubers on the bottom.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Flowers on peppers and cantaloupes

I haven't seen any bees in the house, but there are now many flowers on both the peppers and cantaloupes and small ants are crawling all over them.  I wonder if they will be enough to pollinate?

I learned that a soft paint brush stuck into each plant daily will do the job.  I just have to remember to do it!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Everything is growing nicely

100% mushroom soil in the window wells.  

Beets are about half-way (lower-left) done:

Tatume squash.  I thought they would grow like zucchini, but apparently they are a pumpkin-type vine. 

Cantaloupes are doing much better than the watermelons and are climbing on their own. Below them are the turnips which have very healthy foliage.  

Some tomatoes are bigger than golf balls now. 


Reapers are doing well

I have them in 12" plastic pots.  I have decided to keep them in the greenhouse.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

I have tomatoes!

Several walnut-sized fruits on my Brandywine plants.  I predict I will be eating homegrown by June 5.

Check out my homebrew setup!

I am a fairly new homebrewer, but any opportunity to build, engineer and improve is for me.  I have to give a lot of credit to homebrewtalk.com, a great forum for all things homebrewing.

To see the entire build including mash lauter tun, a keg converted into brew kettle (keggle) and wort chiller system, here is my homebrew page.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Rain Collection system is working well!

So every day I pull 5-10 gallons of water out of the pond for watering the plants.  Every time it rains, it fills right back up.  Thunderstorms aren't as efficient because the system overflows, but when we get a nice day of steady soaking rain the system works just fine.  I also have my 250 gallow storage tank off the garge as backup, should it go a really long time without rain.