Another Busy Gardening Day…

I started the day off harvesting some Swiss Chard ‘Green’¬†for lunch… My Mom used it in Filipino dish called Nilagang Manok, which literally¬†translated means Boiled Chicken. I really love Swiss Chard, including the stems which remains firm when cooked. They are not stringy like some Bok Choy stems.

After lunch, I when to the garden and did a bunch of seed sowing. A few years ago, I experimented with winter sowing. I used milk jugs as containers, but didn’t have such good luck. I think the base didn’t have enough soil and it dried out too quickly. This winter, I’m going to use 6-8 inch pots as the minimum size. I also used standard 1-gallon containers. I filled the pots lower than if I were to plant a plant in them. This will leave some protection when the seedling emerge. I used plastic covers with elastic sewn in the edges to cover the pots. These were pretty cheap; I think the box came with 12-18 covers for $1. This will keep the soil from drying out and I think the elastic may even help keep the slugs out… which is another problem I had previously. I sowed the following seeds:

Agrostemma ‘Ocean Pearl’
Alyssum ‘Gold Dust’
Zinnia (Fall 2005)
Mystery Flower (maybe Gazania Daisy?)
Sunflower Lemon Queen (old seeds that I found hidden away in storage)

I wanted to get rid of some really old seeds like the Sunflower above and I also found two packets of Radishes from 1984!!! I emptied the two packets (Radish ‘Red Deveil B’ and Radish ‘White Icicle’) into a 12 inch pot… I don’t really expect them to grow, but if any are still viable, here’s their change to grow.

I planted a 10 inch pot with lots of Cilantro seeds that I harvested last year. I hope the Cilantro grows densely so we can harvest a lot. I then replenish one of the 3-gallon GeoPots that we harvested the Purple Bok Choy from and planted a bunch of Lettuce ‘Wildfire Mix’ that I bought a few days ago. I still had a bunch of seedling, so I potted to into large cell-packs to plant out later.

I’m not sure where to plant the other new plants I got, so I divided the small-packs of Kale ‘Rainbow’ and Kale ‘Siberian’ into 3 inch pots, so they can grow a bit before I figure out where to plant them. I was surprise how healthy the young seedlings were. I was able to divide the Kale ‘Rainbow’ into 17 individual pots!!!… and I’ll give some away to friends and relatives.

I also started grafting, since our Asian Plum tree near the storage is starting to bloom. I grafted four total today and will do more later:

Asian Plum ‘Golden Nectar’ (Graft 2012-01)
Plumcot ‘Burbank’ (Graft 2012-02)
Asian Plum ‘El Dorado’ (Graft 2012-03)
Apricot ‘Canadian White’ (Graft 2012-04)

I hope these take.

A Whole Bunch of Garden Photos…

Today I was able to take a whole bunch of garden photos, including some fruits, vegetables, flowers and other stuff in my garden. So if you have the bandwidth, check behind the cut.

Vegetables

Cucumbers
Cucumber

Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper
Hungarian Hot Wax Pepper

Pepperoncini
Pepperoncini

Baby Zuchini
Baby Zuchini

Sweet 100 Tomatoes
Sweet 100 Tomatoes

Newly transplanted Bok Choy
Newly transplanted Bok Choy

Flowers

Begonia
Begonia

Succulent Flower (I forgot this succulent’s name)
Succulent Flower

Flamingo Flower or Brazilian Plume Flower
Flamingo Flower

Coreopsis
Coreopsis

Clematis seed pod
Clematis

Fushia
Fushia

Radish
Radish Flowers

Lettuce
Lettuce Flowers

Young Hollyhock
Young Hollyhock

Garlic
Garlic

Young Gladiola
Young Gladiola

Hydrangea
Hydrangea

Fruits

Apples and Fushia
Apples and Fushia

Figs
Figs

Persimmons
Persimmons

Plum
Plum

Pear
Pear

Calamansi
Calamansi

Calamansi Leaves
Calamansi Leaves

Other Garden Stuff

Me
Me

Black Ladybug?
Black Ladybug?

Mickey
Mickey

p.s. Sorry for the image quality, my camera is acting up.

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