Thursday, April 30, 2009

4 Potatoes Today

Since the potatoes grow underground it is a mystery what we will get until the end. We thought that the plants were suffering from too much water when a few of the container plants wilted and died. So today we took the most dried up plant and dumped him out. What a joy to find some beautiful, we might say perfect potatoes. We knew that you harvest them after they dry out, but the containers were mixed up and we don't know which was which. Great surprise for our Thursday afternoon. Yay for a Suburban Garden success!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Celery Processing Factory - 4th Celery Plant

Since the celery has been doing so well, we developed a bagging factory of sorts. We clean and dice the stalks. The veggie drawer in the fridge has a fresh baggie of celery. And that gives us a constant supply of fresh celery to mix in salads or whatever we want. We have only 2 more celery plants to harvest, then we will replant that section of the Suburban Garden. BTW, the lettuce, spinach, and kale have been harvested every single day for the last week or more and we have been blessed with salads galore. Yay for gardening!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Playing and Planting in the Garden

That space that we began double digging a month ago after the broccoli was harvested is finally done. First we set up Gretsh and some warriors to fight over a lemon. Later we planted a Japanese black trifele tomato, and an Ambrosia muskmelon cantelope. To fill in the gaps, we also planted more onions, more spinach, and more leaf lettuce. All in that small area. No that's not all. We also put in a row of Blue lake bush beans. We are so glad that we got this section cleaned up and re-planted.We want to stay on top of the harvesting schedules and have as much of a continuous harverst as we can.
The next photo is further off to the right of the first area. It shows the attack on the Mortgage lifter tomato that we planted as a baby transplant in March. It is growing nicely. The Mortgage lifter is flanked by the celery farm on the left and the onion ranch on the right.

Friday, April 24, 2009

3 Limes, R2-D2, and a Pomelo

It is another beautiful day in our suburban garden. Our kale doubled in size almost overnight, and we had a giant salad with our veggies from the fridge. Today we harvested 3 itty bitty Mexican limes from our mini citrus grove. Also a co-worker brought us a giant pomelo fruit today. She has a tree in her back yard in Orange County, CA and the tree produces an endless supply of these gigantic grapefruit-like fruits. We are looking forward to getting out in the garden before the end of the weekend! Yay!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

5 Veggies 6 Weeks Later

It was just 6 weeks ago that we planted the green ice lettuce, carrots, cucumber, italian kale, and yellow onion sets. These guys are very tightly packed together in our suburban garden. The lettuce has been producing and been eaten for at least 3 weeks. The carrots were very slow to emerge. The cucumber has been slow, but soon we will have a trellis and hopefully dozens of cukes. The kale is new for us, we'll have to figure out how to eat it. The onions are behind the kale. We are glad to have this much growth in just 6 weeks.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Beautiful Basil Bounty

Here is my first ever herb garden. Super-Awesome blogger Jane at had a blog giveaway and I was the lucky winner. Yay! Turned out to be the perfect way to fit some gardening in my day. Suburban Gardener had about 45 minutes home alone in the afternoon in between life's motions. Cleared some space in the kitchen, and put the CD up real loud starting with Mendelssohn's Nocturne. Great tune.
Opened the basil kit and found I had to mix the soil with 2 cups of water before beginning. Hmmm. How to do this? Got a big measuring cup and began. Was not as easy as it looks, but got it mixed. All-in-all it took about the whole 45 minutes to follow the instructions, mess up the kitchen, and clean up afterwards. Also got cool soaps made with lettuce and another made with tomato. When the basil grows, we'll post more photos.

Jane, Thank you for the gift and for adding some gardening to my day!!! I suggest everyone check out the awesome blogging at

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

First Taste of Celery

Today was the day. The celery has become so beautiful and enormous in the Suburban Garden. Grabbed ahold and yanked it from the ground. Roots and soil are visible in the upper right corner of the photo. Also picked spinach, leaf lettuce and romaine lettuce and made an awesome salad. After months of TLC the moment arrived and we had the first taste of our first home grown celery. Let me be clear- this stuff had a strong taste, different than store celery. We made the salad with just the ingredients shown plus some avocado and dressing.
Now we have five more plants to harvest and they should all be ready within the next 10 days. So us Suburban Gardeners will be eating lots of celery.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Harvesting Broccoli From Container Garden

Well we had a nice steamy hot plate of broccoli from our Suburban Garden today. Lil Bro tried it, loved it, and ate a lot of broccoli. It's always fun to see the joy on the kids' faces about gardening. We also picked one of the onions to use in smashed potatoes, but did not get around to cooking the Oregon potatoes tonight. Success from the container garden at the Suburban Garden. Yay!!!!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Celery Growth Continues

Nature took good care of the garden while we were at the beach. The celery continues to grow and it has lots of stalks growing upright in the center like the store celery. Here is a close up photo. We are at the 3 and 1 half month point since we transplanted these guys. Pretty soon we can harvest the celery and start over again with another veggie.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Nature is In Charge

A couple of photos from the ocean front hotel balcony. We have beautiful weather on the coast. The Suburban Garden is on its own this week. We have the irrigation system programmed to keep the veggies happy, but it is a difficult for me to imagine the garden getting along without me tending to it. But nature is in charge this week and we are hoping for the best. We miss our garden......