Monday, November 28, 2011

Harvest Monday - Nov 28, 2011

Last week was great, I harvested about 27 tomatoes. Lost a couple to pests. So far the count is 501 (excluding the ones we lost). The weather is awesome for the past couple of days, the plants are doing a happy dance :)

Thursday, November 17, 2011

What is this?

I have no idea what kind of gourd or pumpkin is this. Any ideas?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

453 tomatoes and still counting!

The temperatures are crazy here in So Cal. It's been windy, cold and raining. The tomato plants are still growing with new flowers. But I think as the cold weather sets in, the plants will slowly stop producing.

Last 2 weeks' harvest:

I removed all the leaves from the basil plant, cleaned and dried them. Added the leaves to the food processor along with some olive oil, made something similar to pesto and froze them. This will come in handy when I make pizza/pasta sauce.

The tomatoes are in abundance, so I have been freezing and also giving them to my neighbors. I haven't bought tomatoes in the past 5 months.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Harvest Monday - 10/24/11

The tomato plants are still producing, some even with new flowers. The weather has been a bit crazy in So Cal with gloomy and 80F days. So far the tomatoes count is 394 from 8 plants, not bad right? Last week we harvested some tomatoes and purple peppers.

The eggplant plants are producing flowers but not a single eggplant yet, very disappointing :(
The mystery squash finally has a female flower, I am waiting to see what happens.

Tahiti Sunrise Dahlia - What a cutie!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

October Updates

It's been some time since I posted. Life has been busy lately, but it will slow down end of november, I hope! Tomato plants are still going strong with new flowers on them. It's been raining and cloudy for the past couple of days. We have harvested 360 tomatoes so far and we lost about 15-20 to the pests. Next season I will invest in a weighing machine so that I know how many pounds the plants produced. Pepper plants are doing okay, I am behind on the fall planting. I want to try carrots and brocolli. Here are some recent pictures.


Tomatoes and Okra:



Thursday, September 15, 2011

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day: September 15

I am joining May Dreams Gardens to show off late summer blooms in my garden.

Semi Cactus Dahlia: This is its 2nd year, the plant has done very well compared to last year. We have had quite some beautiful flowers.

Black eyed susan: One of my favorite flowers, hope it comes back next year.

Gaillardia: Another favorite one.

Potato bush: This plant took off well this summer and it's in the blooming season.

Forget-me-not: I scattered some seeds in Spring and these took some time to grow, I love the light blue color.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Monday Harvest - Sep 5th

It's raining tomatoes! So far we've got 151, my mother-in-law is actually maintaining a count log. Hahaha!

Harvest of 3 golden dorsett apples, tomatoes and 1 okra:

One of the brinjal plants actually has a flower on it, I cannot wait for it to become an actual brinjal.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Harvest Monday - Aug 22

We harvested lots of tomatoes last week along with some okra and bell peppers.

A bloom on the mystery gourd plant:

Beautiful Dahlias:

Blue Potato bush in bloom, the deep purple is gorgeous:

Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday Harvest - Aug 15

Last week was the best! We harvested lots of tomatoes, peppers, some okra and swiss chard. We even shared some with our neighbors.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Harvest Monday - Aug 1

Our harvest from last week consists of tomatoes, peppers and 1 okra :)

Our tomato plants are being attacked by horn worms. The tops of the plants were chewed up and so far we have killed 4 of them. I am sure that there is plenty more.

These disgusting creatures can defoliate a plant in a few days.

Friday, July 29, 2011

End of July report

The tomato plants are loaded with heavy fruits. Even though they are caged and staked, a couple of them are ready to fall over. They are growing vigorously and are spread out. This season I decided not to prune them like I did last year.

We call this a tomato jungle :)

Pepper plants from last year are yielding. I also bought some new plants.

This year I sowed Okra and Eggplants. Okra plants have started flowering even though the plants are too small. Eggplants are too small, they are growing real slow.

1st Okra:

The apple tree has 3 apples and they are of a decent size.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Canna 'Stuttgart'

These plants has spread quite a bit since last year. They grow up to 9 feet and humming birds love them. I managed to capture a humming bird's visit. I would love to have another variety which has white patterns in the leaves.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Harvest Monday - July 25

First an update on tomato plants, they are growing tall and spreading out too. I can see lots of fruits in each plant.

1st harvest of the season:

2nd harvest: tomatoes and peppers

Friday, July 15, 2011


I sowed the seeds in a pot in April and they started coming up in a few days. I transplanted them later and they grew so tall. These plants require full sun and they are a great addition to a garden with a splash of bright colors. So far in my cosmos bed, I see only purple and white flowers. I read that comos flowers attracts butterflies but so far none to be seen :)