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I have been very excited to find out how easy lettuce is to grow.   My biggest problem with lettuce is forgetting to resow every few weeks to have an ongoing supply! 

I like growing mine in pots.  It is easier to harvest and I do have occasional bunnies in the garden, so it keeps it out of their way.  Here is my recent harvest.

Little gem. This is a small butterhead, great for pots!

Red deer tongue.  I just snip off the leaves as I need them.

Arugula.  It is so peppery and delicious.

A friend of mine, Sandy, gave me these awesome storage bags for vegetables.

My harvest.

Now, let us have some salad!!!

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Here we go again.

Forgive me if I am wrong, but didn’t it rain for forty days and nights in the Spring when I wanted to plant my Spring garden?  And isn’t it raining all this week when I had “planned” to start planting some of my Fall garden? Yes and yes.

Well, as it turns out the rain may have been fortuitous (yeah, that’s right I had the spell check on) because even though it has been cool this past week, today was downright muggy.  Tomorrow, the temperature is supposed to go to 89, And rain.  We are to receive 4 inches by noon tomorrow.

But, the rain has been great for something I planted evidently all wrong.  Watercress.  Heh, heh, first clue was WATER in watercress.  It turns out, this is a plant grown along river banks, marshy areas, etc.  Well, mine is in a regular old pot.  It is probably doing ok right now only because it has rained all week.  Sorry for the blurry pic, I was trying to get it quickly as it was sprinkling.

Watercress

Watercress

What I should  have done is plant the seeds in a pot with holes in it, then place that pot in another pot of water.  This would replicate its preferred habitat.  Oops.   But, so far so good.  There is a plant called  just Cress or Garden Cress which is probably what I should have planted.   They are meant to be planted in the garden and don’t require the extra water.   I didn’t realize it, but I have a packet of those seeds as well, so I will plant them in the garden.  Maybe in the Spring.

My Arugula has also germinated as well as the Lolita  and Petite Rouge lettuces.

Arugula

Arugula

Petite Rouge and Lolita

Petite Rouge and Lolita

I am hoping to plant Parsley,  Swiss Chard, and Tom Thumb lettuce this week, after the flood.  As you can see, it’s not looking too good.

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 Stay tuned.

 

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What’s Up?

So, here’s what’s happening  at fromgardentotable.

First, the lettuce.   I snipped the leaves after I took this picture and made the BEST salad.  I realized by growing it in a container, the leaves were perfect.IMG_0441

Next, my purple hull peas are coming up nicely. IMG_0448

The cucumbers have taken off. IMG_0453

Bell peppers are getting bigger. IMG_0480

Jalapeno peppers are prolific.   This is the 2nd or 3rd picking.IMG_0500

Tomatoes are growing. IMG_0452

But, the most exciting plants are the ground cherries!  Just as a refresher, this is what they started out as. IMG_0103

One of the tiniest seeds I have ever seen.  The black seeds, on the left,  are poppy seeds and the  seeds on the right are the ground cherries.

 So, 2 of the original 6 survived and they had a rather  shaky beginning.  But, I noticed the other day that there was actually fruit growing under the leaves. IMG_0478

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Can you see what looks like little paper lanterns?  (I had to lie down on the ground to get this picture.)

These ground cherries are a “cousin” to tomatillos.  So, they have a papery husk on them like the tomatillos, which start out green (as well as the fruit) and then ripen to a golden color with a brown papery husk.  When they are ripe, they just fall on the ground, hence “ground cherries”.  Which I thought was mighty nice of them as some fruit/vegies are not so easy to tell when they are ready for harvest.  Hopefully,  the cherries will get larger and more prolific so I can make JAM!.  But if not, I will definitely plant these again.  It is so much fun to experiment with new plants. 

 What new plants have you planted this year?

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Eeny Meeny Miny Mo?

Would you believe All the seeds  I planted less than a week ago have germinated? I was truly amazed.  Now I need to thin the cucumber plants.  How do I decide which will stay and which will go?   I find this stressful. 

My lettuce seeds are coming up nicely.  I managed to sow them in a fairly even manner. IMG_0357

Can’t say that for the basil seeds. IMG_0358

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I really must stop taking that glass of wine out into the garden.  But, seriously I do sow my basil thick like this and have found that it works really well.  And like I said before, I am not very good at thinning. 

So, here are my cucumber seeds that I have to decide who will stay….IMG_0367

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…and who will go.  Eeny Meeny Miny Mo….

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