Cape Mayhem Gardens Update – Tomatoes nearing the End

Agridude - Garden Full ViewSo this is the most recent picture I have of Cape Mayhem Gardens.  My camera was dropped on my birthday and broke so I am using Kelly’s.  I would love for this to be the reason I have been slow to post, but I have just been too busy to make a post…sorry.  As you can tell, the tomatoes are not looking so hot.  I think they will be ‘done’ soon, but I am waiting to see if any more fruit will come.  I am also debating putting in a few tomatoes that I had in pots to try to sneak in some late season tomatoes.  The rest of the garden is still doing pretty well though and I have been taking a gardening class at the Solana Center in San Diego.  I am getting excited to give my first full time effort to grow cool season crops like Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts, etc.

Agridude - Cucumbers FlourishingI am going to start by showing off the newer parts of the garden that are doing well.  To the right are my cucumbers.  I have been trying to train them to grow in different directions in order to help airflow and reduce the chance of powdery mildew.  They are doing better than the last group of plants, but I still find myself removing a few leaves every time I’m at the garden that have mildew on them.  We have had some heat here in San Diego the past few weeks and the cucs have been loving it.  Tons of new growth at the ends of the vines and lots of flowers.  The corn below is doing well too.  I can see where the ears will be and I’m hoping that they are not empty.

Agridude - Corn GrowingAgridude - Spicy PeppersTo the left is one of my three hot pepper plants.  These turn red and I like to try to get a variety of colors for my hot peppers.  I have yellow, black and red.  The yellow peppers are just coming along and the blacks are still flowering.  I also grow these because I noticed that uber hot peppers sell for 50 cents a piece in grocery stores.  These plants produce so many peppers that I give quite a few away.

Agridude - Weak Looking TomatoesAnd we’re back to evaluating the tomatoes… This happens every year and I wonder if I can stop it some how?  The plants are bear for the most part.  You can see tons of fruit and healthy growth on the top of the plants, but the bottom 75% are barren.  I harvested quite a bit of fruit on Sat as you will see in the next photo even though the plants look like this.  I think the issue is that I didn’t cage the plants in the beginning.  You can see how many vines are running up from each plant.  I let them get bushy, then trained them to grow tall, and now they can’t supply enough energy/nutrients to keep all the vines healthy.

Agridude - Garden Harvest

You can see the green zebra’s, crnkovic yugoslavian’s, and black carbon’s.  They are all delicious.  I can’t tell you how much better these tomatoes taste than store bought.  We make bruschetta, caprese, or another version of bruschetta with goat cheese pretty much everyday now that we have the tomatoes.  I put two slices of a black carbon on my sandwich for work today and it was amazing.

Well, I will try to do a better job at posting more frequently.  I have one more recipe for tomatoes with goat cheese and some worm updates for you.  I will hopefully get a new camera soon too.

Cape Mayhem Garden Update – Tomato Questions

Agridude - Garden OverviewIt’s been 2 weeks since I last updated everyone with how our cape mayhem garden is doing…sorry about that.  I went up to San Fran and Napa for a 5 day vacation, then to Big Bear for Grant’s birthday blowout.  Ill show you what’s going on in the garden, but my main focus is going to be on the tomatoes.  This year I have been removing the yellow leaves/dead branches on the plants.  I’m not sure if I should be.  You can tell in the picture on the left that the bottom third of so of my plants are pretty bare (notice how there are no leaves in the next two pictures).  I think as the tomato begins to fruit, it focuses on giving the water and nutrients to the fruit versus old branches/leaves.  Can anyone confirm this to ease my concerns that I’m doing something wrong?  This year I have also been watering way less than years past, just once or twice a week.  I wonder if that has anything to do with it.  To see if that is the issue, I have begun watering every other day.  I am going to buy some mulch this weekend as well to help with water conservation.  I will let you know what happens.

Agridude - Crnkovic Yugoslavian Tomato ClustersTo the right are my Crnkovic Yugoslavian tomatoes.  I have eaten 3 of these and they are uber good.  I just realized that I should take pictures of the whole plant so that you can see how many tomatoes are on this plant, they are everywhere.  Can’t wait for full on harvest mode so that I can eat caprese or bruschetta pretty much everyday. I brought in a green zebra and one of these in to work for an afternoon snack and everyone enjoyed it.

Agridude - Cherry Tomato Clusters RedHere’s a picture of our cherry tomatoes.  Again, I’ll take a picture so you can see the whole plant.  These are great for salads, I pulled 8 this morning.  One thing I have been noticing is that when I pick these, the skin splits.  Am I picking too early?  Are they just too juicy and bust the skin open?  Am I squeezing them too hard like Chris Farley in Tommy Boy?  After watching that clip, I need to watch this movie again ASAP.

Agridude - Corn GrowingTo the right are my 6 corn plants.  They are doing surprisingly well.  I poured a bunch of blood meal in this part of the garden to help the corn grow.  Blood meal contains tons of nitrogen and that is what makes plants grow.  I have been reading that you need a lot of corn plants in order for them to pollinate each other.  Anyone know if 6 is enough for that to happen?  Leave a comment or I’ll figure it out by the end of the season…

 

 

 

Agridude - Hot PeppersTo the left are my first super hot peppers forming.  I have this one in a pot at the garden and we should get plenty of these devils this year.  I cannot handle spicy food so I give most of these away.  Last year we made the mistake of using them in Mike’s chili and it was fiery hot and we ended up making rice to help contain the heat.

Agridude - Small Strawberry

 

We have 6 strawberries growing in pots and I found a few berries in there.  I honestly can say berries straight from the garden are the best tasting.  So good…wish we could get more out of the plants.  I also don’t know why, but they don’t grow very large for us.  Maybe it’s just my variety.

Agridude - Pete and PaulHere is Pete and I posing for a picture last Sunday after I was in Big Bear.  The hat I’m wearing is his although I should probably pick one up for myself.

This weekend I am going to the nursery, going to add my 3rd tray to the worm bin, try to ‘use’ my finsihed vermicompost in the garden and go to the Muir Street block party on Sat.  Should have lots of material to post on here next week.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Koom’s Planter Box Update 7/26/12

Sorry these picture are not the best.  However the planter box is doing well.  All pepper plants have flowers on them.  My mint in the middle is growing fast.  I think some Moscow Mules are in order this weekend!!

 

 

Lettuce is doing great as well.  The pepper plants are taking up most of the sunlight from the window.  I think in a couple of weeks I will have nothing but the peppers and mint.

All for now.  I’ll let everyone know how the drinks turned out.

Cape Mayhem Gardens Update – July 10th

Agridude - Garden after cleaningSorry it has taken me so long to get another update on the blog.  Happy late 4th of July from Cape Mayhem Gardens as well, hope everyone had a good day.  We barbequed over at the garden and spent the day near the beach.  We watched some good fireworks to end the night and then proceeded to take part in the Ocean Beach marshmallow fight afterward.  Everyone brings bags of mallows to throw at each other after the works, very fun.

Agridude - Paul and JudeTo the right is a picture of Jude and I posing in front of the garden on the 4th for a quick photo opportunity.  Jude helps me take care of the garden and used to be my old roommate.  We had overcast weather for the whole day but that didn’t stop us from having a great time.

Agridude - New Cucumbers

There are a few new things that I did to the garden.  I was unable to get rid of the powdery mildew on my cucumbers with the neem oil.  In fact, I almost think it made it worse.  I showed up to the garden on Sunday afternoon and they were entirely covered in it.  I decided to take them out and put in some new plants that I bought from my local nursery.  It’ll be interesting to see if I can keep the mildew away from these new plants.  I bought a ‘lemon’ cucumber variety as a change up and I am excited to see how it turns out compared to other cucs that we have grown at the garden.

Agridude - Jalapenos and Onions

This picture is showing off the jalapenos and our serrano plant.  The serrano plant is continuing to absolutely kill it.  It comes up to my thigh and the flowers are everywhere.  We have quite a few peppers on there now.  The jalapenos are also doing well.  I pulled about 15 of them and am going to make stuffed jalapenos with bacon.  I will post those pics along with our recipe.  Take a look in the picture and see if you can see an onion sprouting.  It is in the bottom center of the photo and looks like a weed, it has 3 narrow shoots coming out of the ground.  I planted a few onions in some of the open areas and we now have 4 that sprouted.

Agridude - Pete GrillingSo this is Pete, and he lives in Vince’s guest house and built the tiki bar and the garden with me.  He was grilling some zucchini, corn and chicken breasts on Sunday evening and let me eat with him.  His girlfriend Stephanie also helps me a ton with watering the garden.  She used to garden at her old place so it’s nice to be able to bounce some ideas off of.

Agridude - Peter and Paul PunchingHere is another picture of the garden with a nice action shot of Pete and I.  You can see the tomatoes are getting huge.  We are going to have to come up with some type of better staking of the plants.  They are too tall for the cages I put them in and the tops are starting to topple over.  We have been pulling out a lot of ‘dead/yellow’ leaves off the bottoms of the plant. It has really revealed all the fruit that is growing.  Makes me so excited for harvest time!

The other updates for the garden are, I planted some more basil in between our tomatoes, and I planted 6 stalks of corn.  I didn’t really get pictures of these changes, but I will for the next post, although I just noticed you can see the corn to the right of Pete and I in the picture above.

Update On Koom’s patio Garden

Going for back to back post. Got a call from Paul yesterday so here we go.

All of my plants are growing well in the pots.  I fertilize once a week.  Here are some pictures.

My Basil is growing well and smells great.  Unfortunately I had four plants going but two died.

 

 

 

Small pot of mixed lettuces.  This is the second time I tried growing lettuce this season.  The first batch was eaten my small green grubs!!

 

 

My pepper plants are in the background.  There are tons of budding flowers.  Hopefully we will get some peppers.  I got the seedlings from a friend from work, so I do not remember what types they are.  In front of the peppers are multiple plants of swiss chard.

The tomato plants are growing in a hurry.  Lots of small flowers starting to bud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My hop plant is really taking off!!  Starting to train it to go left up the string.  Its hard to see but there are two more strains starting to grow on the right.  Below is a picture of the whole garden.  That’s all for know.  Off to go camping on the North Shore with the kid and wife.

Kooms Garden – Introduction to my Patio Garden in MN

Agridude - Kooms Patio GardenMy name is Brian and I live in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis.  I have a small patio that I have been growing a few plants on since I moved into this condo two years ago.  I am a chef at Muffuletta in the Park in St Paul MN.  My co worker and I have saved some heirloom tomato seeds and sprouted over 200 this year.  I gave six seedlings to another Agridude, Sam, for his work garden.  I also have two on my patio, along with hops, basil, thyme, and some lettuces and spinach.  I haven’t grown hops before but I do brew my own beer so I am hoping to get some off of this plant so that I can use it in my beer.  I am trying to start a micro brewing company called Brown Bottle Brewery.  I will be blogging this season to show what I am able to grow.

These pictures are from May 12th.  Paul was in town and we had a perfect early summer day to hang out and catch some rays while having some brews.  We invited some of our friends and Paul’s family over to hang out too.  Here are some pics:

Agridude - Tomatoes and HopsThe two pots closest to you are my tomatoes.  I am growing two heirloom tomatoes that we sprouted from the restaurant.  I can’t remenber what types they are, but I know they will be small cherry like tomatoes

I made the trellis by myself to grow the hops on.  I bought the root from my local home brewing store  and I was told to only let two sprout.  One of them did not make it so next year I’ll try something different.  These are supposed to grow 2 feet per week so I should have some great updated photos for you guys in a few weeks.

Agridude - Lettuce Spinach HerbsHere are some other planters that I planted lettuce, spinach, basil, thyme and two peppers.  I started these from seed as well.  My wife won a small green house at a work event raffle.  I am looking forward to having these at my disposal for cooking at home and work.

 

 

Here is a picture of Paul’s cousin Andy and our other friend Wyman playing bags/cornhole in the side of my yard.

Agridude - Cornhole

Sam’s Work Garden – Introduction to my work garden plot

Agridude - Sam Larson Work Garden 3My name is Sam and I live in MN.  I have been working for Minnesota Rubber for over 10 years now.  Two years ago, the company decided to turn part of the grassy area on our land into a community garden for it’s employees.  I jumped on the opportunity to get some extra space to garden.  This year I was fortunate to receive a 20×23 plot.

I have been gardening for a long time.  As a family, we used to rent plots at community gardens with some friends.  As the years went on, I eventually put a garden in my backyard.  That space has now turned into a strawberry and raspberry patch, and I planted a grape vine that goes around the garden.  I will be posting pictures of this soon.

Agridude - Sam Larson Garden 1Here is another Agridude, Brian, helping me plant all of my seedlings.  He gave me 6 heirloom tomato seedlings that he and his coworker sprouted earlier this year.  I can’t remember all the varieties, but there are some cherries, white tomatoes, and grape tomatoes.  I also purchased some beefsteak and early girl tomatoes.  I have a total of 16 planted, so I should be having tomatoes galore this year.

Agridude - Sam Larson Garden 2Here is another Agridude, Paul, who is my son, planting watermelon and cantaloupe.  I learned that you need to plant these in mounds, so be sure to do that if you are putting them in your garden.  These plants also need space to grow so make sure you give them plenty of room.   I ended up planting 3 cantaloupes and 1 watermelon.  In years past, I have tried to grow giant pumpkins for fun and also so that I could get a picture with my granddaughter on it for Halloween.  I have been unsuccessful though due to deer eating them.  This year my work is going to put up fencing around to keep them out of everyones garden.

Agridude - Sam Larson Work Garden 4Here I am digging the holes for where I will be planting.  Brian is in this picture doing the planting.  Brian, Paul and I planted everything in about an hour.  We really had a good system going.  I am fortunate that my company has this plot tilled each year.  The dirt is full of clay and would be tough for the plants to establish a good root system.

Agridude - Sam Larson Work Garden 6

This is Paul and Brian putting the last few plants into the garden.  Paul looks very Agridudish with those gloves on…yikes.  They are putting in 12 peppers that I bought.  I have some Purple bell peppers and California wonders.

 

Agridude - Sam Larson Work Garden 7Here are the Argidudes picking up the plastic pots that I bought the plants in.  I forgot to mention that I also planted 2 zucchini plants.  They are also sprawlers like the melons and cantaloupes.  Brian mentioned to Paul that the blossoms are edible and often used as a fancy appetizer at nice restaurants.  I will try to pick a few and have Brian post a recipe with them.

Overall, we had a great time working outside in the garden on a beautiful Minnesota early summer day. I will be posting updates as often as I can and I hope you enjoy the pictures.