Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Seed Saving: Tomatoes

Saving Seeds: 
              Just like everything else that i do, i strive for perfection. I want to not only learn how to garden, but to eventually be self-sufficient. It's a dream, but i would love to not have to go to the supermarket one day, instead solely relying on my own produce.. or that of other farmers/ homesteads.  From that point i want to try to raise poultry, then maybe a few lamb, and pigs.. However, i believe that the next step for me now is to save seeds, or attempt to.  I've looked into several articles, and watched several videos on saving seeds and for the most part what gardenweb.com has said has been the consensus for saving Tomato Seeds. which is what i'm trying to do now. If anyone has any recommendations on a great book out there, i would love to read it but for now i will stick to the majority for now...

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Compost Bin

           There has been an addition to my Garden, my compost bin, and I have put a fair amount of thought into this, as far as width, placement, price, and materials. I didn't know how wide to make the Compost bin, or if I should just buy one, and if I did, where is the best place to put it? Should i use wood, what kind? 
               I finally decided, that buying one would cost way too much money, that I did not have. Remembering that I needed to make better use of my power tools, building one became my only option.  Now, I'm not going to lie, I was pretty excited about building this compost bin. I've always liked making things with my hands, for me its just more rewarding. 
             Based off of a $20 budget that I had given myself, I saved $17. Out of pure luck, I ended up finding a Generous amount of Scrap wood that had not been treated, some screws i found laying around, and only had to buy a few pieces of wood that I needed to use as a frame.
             Let me know what you think, I think it could have been better, but for now I am satisfied, it does its job, and holds a descent amount of compost.

Kentucky Pole Beans

                   Just like Everything else, growing these were like riding a bike for the first time. I had no idea what to expect, or what was to come but i was excited and yet nervous. I didn't know how big it was going to grow, or if the soil conditions were right, but i wanted to give it a shot, and i am glad that i did. 

There is one thing that i definitely would change, such as: growing the beans on a trellis, possibly with the cucumbers. I've seen this done somewhere, but i'm concerned that one will choke the other (because they are both vines) I will look it over unless someone has any info on the subject.

Cucumber Plants

These are my cucumber plants. I wish I would have planted three more plants so that I would have been able to yield more than 1 or 2 Cucumbers at a time, but I am grateful for what i have been able to yield. I also want to try other varieties, Possibly Lemon Cucumbers...Any Suggestions?

Cherokee Purple Heirloom Tomato

My Apologies for the bad picture, but this is the current state of my Cherokee Purple Heirloom tomato plants. I'm glad I chose this Heirloom as my first. I've had a great yield so far, and it grew very well. (not to mention that they are delicious) I've been fortunate to have enough tomatoes to feed my family and several of my friends. 

Forgive me for my Absence

Forgive me for my absence. I've had a streak of bad luck, beginning with the breaking of my camera. I will not continue to bore anyone with my problems, instead, i will just fill you in on what has been happening in my garden.