Sunday, August 7, 2011

2011/08/07 - More growth, more changes

Started a fishtank cover.  But the cat jumped in the middle of it and ripped it, so I've put off finishing it for now.  But the new algae eater is doing his job so it isn't as urgent anyway.  But here's the basics of it done:

The cucumber vine grew all the way to the top of the tomatoes, and then down on all sides.  Here's a few weeks back:

And here's yesterday:

 The tomatoes are still producing tons of fruit.  Here are a few harvests over the last month:

That last batch I peeled, cored, seeded, bagged, and froze:

I wanted to move the half-barrel beds onto the new frame, so I just went ahead and tore out those tomato plants.  They were still producing a lot but I just can't cope with it all.  But they'll make fine compost for the dirt garden next year:

Here's those beds before I tore them out.  I put the basil and pepper plants into the big bed for now.

I also took out the lettuce, radishes, and cabbage:

Finally got around to harvesting the coriander.  Got a 1/2 cup of clean seeds.  More than a spice bottle full:

The fish are getting really big.  And it seems like they eat almost 2 cups a day of food.  But I'll have to put them on a little diet again until I get the new beds hooked up.  Here's a video of feeding time:
I got the half-barrels moved to the new frame, and that whole thing in place again.  And I got the cinder blocks in place to hold the cattle trough but I can't lift that onto the bricks by myself.  Even if I were stronger, it's 10 feet long and needs to go up 20 inches, so it's really a two person job.  I'm hoping a neighbor will help.  If so, I should have that all hooked up in another week or two.  The trough will be a raft bed for lettuce and basil and such.

I'm happy with how it's all going.  It's been a lot of hard work, but I'm almost to the end of that.  And the reward of picking my own fresh food makes it all worth while!


  1. Gosh, it would be nice if your tomato plants would produce a tomato or two. ha ha. I can only DREAM of that kind of harvest. WOW! I am trying not to be jealous.

    Our garden finally bit the dust. We had fabulous harvests for months, but it is just plain HOT out there now. Even the sunflowers finally dried up and died. Tragic. It's a brown garden graveyard out there now. My sweetie has plans to finish ripping it all out and shred it for compost this week.

    Here's hoping for a fantastic fall garden here! I hope that you enjoy every bit of yours right now. I'll continue to live vicariously through it. :)

  2. Oh I'm sorry yours is over. It definitely has been hot. I can barely stand to work out there, and inside the greenhouse it's even hotter and the air doesn't move.

    I'll make you a deal: you live vicariously through my garden, and I'll do it through your kitchen. Omg the food you've been making lately. Talk about jealous!

  3. Sounds good to me. If you were closer, I'd be more than happy to feed you with your veggies!

  4. Hey girl,
    I wanted to email you after your last comment on my blog, but I can't find your address. Just wanted to say Thank You for the sweet words and the smile. You absolutely made my day. Have a fabulous weekend!

  5. Um, say what? Your plants are on crack. FOR THE LOVE. More photos! What's going on now? More photos!

  6. I worked a bit this weekend. I'll post during the week I promise!