Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bell peppers!!!

Some of the blooms falling off now and leaving small peppers behind. Here they come!!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Harvest - Tomato

Got our one tomato off the vine last night. It's a little bit green still, but good enough to finish ripening on the counter instead of outside where the bugs can get to it.

Blooming - Bell Peppers

Bonnie Green Bell Peppers blooming this morning - the red ones have been blooming for a week now, the green ones just noticed this budding bloom this morning.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Blooming - Jalapenos

Jalapeno plant blooming like crazy this week.Looks like two peppers from a prior bloom are growing, but I have a whole bunch of blooms on it this week.

Blooming - Heatwave Tomatoes

Have two Heatwave tomato plants caged in the back yard - one of them had a small tomato on it when we planted it (you can see a hint of red through the leaves). The other has had a bit more vigorous growth and is now flowering (see small yellow flowers in foreground). Flowers have been around for about a week. Will see how long it takes for new tomatoes to appear.

Have had a few days of cool and wet weather, so not sure if that is going to affect the plants at all.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Current Vegetables/Fruits/Herbs

Since I didn't have this journal started by the time I planted these, I don't know the exact planting dates. But I'll give some high level guesses as to when we planted what we've got growing. Sorry for the dark pictures, didn't have enough light this evening. Also - missing pictures probably have their own post...

Basil - planted in Spring 2009 - having trouble of late - will die out and need to be replanted in 2010 (below in pot)
Oregano - planted 2007 (below in pot)
Rosemary - planted 2007 (below in pot)
Sage - planted 2007 (below in pot)
Thyme - planted 2007 (below in pot)

Lavender - planted 2007 (trimmed way back in Spring 2009)

Jalapeno Peppers - Planted Spring 2009
Red Bell Peppers - Planted August 2009
Green Bell Peppers - Planted August 2009
Heatwave Tomatoes - Planted August 2009
Yellow Onions - Planted 9/20/2009
Turnip Greens - Planted August 2009

Simpson's Green Leaf Lettuce - Planted September 2009

Radishes - Planted September 2009

Broccoli - Planted August 2009

Butternut Squash - Planted August 2009

Navel Oranges - I think the fruits showed up around May

Satsuma Mandarin Oranges

Improved Meyer Lemons - existing fruits in May
Key Limes
All Citrus Trees planted in 2007

Other Plants:
Cascade Hops - planted rhizome Spring 2009

Spring Planning


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Summer Planning


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Monday, September 21, 2009

Winter Planning


none yet

Perhaps grow a pineapple?
Grow Pineapple Link

none yet

Fall Planning

None left this year

Garlic and Pansies.

Clean, drill holes, and prep large pot for spring


Bring in citrus trees before first frost

Texas A&M Horticulture Page

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Link to Texas A&M's resources for Texas gardeners. Pretty thorough with various items.

Neil Sperry

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The definitive source for Texas gardeners for years, Neil Sperry is host of a weekend radio show in North Texas and has magazines, etc. all geared towards Texas gardening.

Local Harvest

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Website that directs you to local agriculture and farming resources - local CSAs and producers.

Squeezepenny Sustainable Farm

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Local McKinney, Texas based CSA that offers four twelve week produce and agriculture plans to local North Dallas area residents. Pickup locations in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, and Allen.

Very interesting to me, though I see some duplication with stuff I would like to grow myself, this could be a good supplement.


Planted some texas sweet onions this weekend (9/20/2009) along the north side of the house (in the grotto) and some in the flower bed in back by the greens.

Garden Journal

I've been keeping random notes on things for a while, so I thought I would actually start to write stuff down so that I can keep track of what goes on with flowers and vegetables and all sorts of stuff in the garden. I also can use this to keep a nice consolidated set of resources for myself and others on Texas gardening...