Since I am so far behind on blogging, I decided to post a few vegetable harvest pictures for you. Here is a picture of the main head of one of the broccoli plants. As you can see, it is bigger than my head! All three of our broccoli plants grew these beasts. I had to go to MN for Christmas and had Kelly take two up to her families for Christmas dinner. I watched this video by Pat Welsh on how to grow great broccoli. She says the key to growing any brassica family plants is to add humic acid. I asked my local nursery if they had any, and I ended up buying some soil conditioner that was 25% humic acid. My broccoli plants have done very well and are much larger than most plants in other peoples plots.
When I was at the nursery, I found seedlings of purple and yellow cauliflower. This was a great find for someone who is a huge Minnesota Vikings fan. I planted two of each, but one of the purple plants didn’t do anything so I ripped it up. I brought some of this home for Christmas to share with the family. I didn’t know there were any colors for cauliflower other than white…looking forward to growing more next year.
As I have mentioned before, the OB Community Garden has 32 chickens in a fenced in plot. I have been fortunate to receive quite a few eggs from them. The chickens lay all different color eggs, white, various shades of brown, and a green egg. They are all different sizes too. It is nice that I no longer have to buy eggs from the grocery store and that I know they were raised one block from my house.
Here is the lone beet that we harvested. I had never eaten one before and quickly learned that the juice stains very quickly. I really enjoy the leaves in salads too. I am going to post a few more pictures below. There isn’t much to say about them so I’ll just put up the pictures.
Another thing that I am going to start to do is post some links to products on amazon. Today they have a great deal on a dyson d40 vacuum with accessories. I recently bought a Dyson AM04 Hot + Cool Heater/Table Fan, Blue fan that works great. I’m guessing that this vacuum is also amazing:
I used to spend long hours with my grandmother outdoors. She had a beautiful flower garden along with her very large vegetable garden. Though she was a farmer’s wife and had to spend a lot of time helping out with the family business, she made time to tend to both of her gardens. Her vegetable garden was not only a labor of love; it was something that helped them through the winter. The more they could can, the more money they saved when milk production was low and the money was not as good as it should have been.^-
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