Tuesday, July 17, 2007

attack of the baobab!



monstrous baobab?

or



baby bok choy?


naomi brought home some baby boks from the grocery store. When she was all done, I stuck the naked stems in the soil and they started growing like crazy.

I have always saved my beet tops, carrot tops, and other tops, however I could never find room for transporting the nubs from a water tray to soil.

Here is a great video about growing a free garden.



I haven't been updating in a while because I assumed the growing season was over. I was disappointed with the idea that Ryan and I planted too late in the season. The days have started to near the unbearably-hot mark and I reasoned with myself that the tomatoes will have to wait one year of maturity before fuition.

I was ready to throw in my towel, throw the spade in the pail, dump the dirt, scratch the patch so to speak.



But I put my berries in my butter too soon. The unbearable heat has taken control over the caterpillars. They have virtually disappeared and my plants are looking very happy. Take a look for yourself:

With no more caterpillars, my mint has been able to build up their chlorophyll carrying canopies!



Look at this terrific tear-drop tomato! These are yellow tomatoes- excess sprouts from Elliot Fong.


Here is a nice round baby cherry tomato.


Though the catapillars are gone, it seems I have a new enemy.



Can you see the little ants? They were congregating near my cucumbers after watering. I moved the cucumber container and recoiled in horror. This is what I saw:



That, if you can't tell, is a shitload of ants. They had taken residence in my poppy pot. Here is a close-up:



I wouldn't mind the ants so much if they didn't come inside my home to raid the honey pot and trash cans.

And for you observant readers, I did re-arrange my garden. :)

Before:


After:





Also in other news, Ryan and I have been very busy scouting the surrounding area for free edible delectables you can pick yourself. So far we have found figs, blackberries, mint, basil, oranges, lemons, peaches, thyme, and much more. Ryan is in the process of creating a google map.

4 comments:

italman said...

Hey,
thanks for stopping by my blog!
Keep on growing!

MrBrownThumb said...

Great post. I love how you managed to incorporate The Little Prince.

I'll have to put him into a blog post of my own.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Capheind said...

What he's doing is cool, but Gurilla Gardening is the militant retaking of public spaces and neglected private spaces for gardening. I don't know if there is a word for propigating food plants from grocery store produce. There should be...

Capheind said...

Propigating plants from gocery store left overs is a great Idea, but thats not at all what its called. Gurilla Gardening is taking unused spaces and gardening within, unless thats someone elses back yard thats not what he seems to be doing. One thing to keep in mind is that much of the produce you see is the result of hybrid seeds and as such any propigates from those plants aren't going to reliably look or grow like the parent fruit.