August 31st, 2016
Considering the heat, the dry weather and lack of rain the garden has produced some seriously delicious zucchini’s along with so much more.
You cannot beat the taste by growing your own, you cannot get any fresher than this!
The eggplants are doing extremely well this year too and with the extreme heat, they have been largely unaffected by disease, fungus and pests. So easy to grow.
Keep growing local, keep buying local.
August 10th, 2016
The Bumble Bee Sunrise Cherry tomatoes were one of the tastiest cherry tomatoes I have ever grown!
I can only say that I believe that the foods flavour is determined by the quality of the seed, but can also be altered by the soil it is grown in as well as the amount of direct or indirect sunlight. The description on the tag is almost what I got less the colours yellow and red but I got yellow and black, still a beautiful tomato.
That is the colour of a bumblebee!
Keep growing your own,
eat fresh*eat local*eat healthy
August 3rd, 2016
This year we decided to grow potatoes, and we did. To be honest everything was going quite fine, and then came the potato beetle….a very difficult pest to control!
I have to say being new at growing potatoes, you never know what to expect. Every year can be very different depending on the heat, humidity and rain. The best suggestions I got from friends was to manually remove the beetles daily however they were too fast for me and defoliated my plants…arg!
The good news is we did get a small crop of beautiful red potatoes that I was able to pull shortly after the plant perished. The potato Beetle has developed a resistance to many insecticides, we need to understand every time you try to control the natural environment it has its way of fighting back! Lesson learned, do not leave them to destroy the plants….and read up on the little critters and how to best control them.
What I was able to learn and share with you is this. When growing crops in small lots it is easier to deal with, pest control, fungus and other nasty enemies of our food, when crops like potatoes are grown for mass production you can imagine how much pesticide can be dropped per acre to save a crop!
I do believe we should go back to small farming, utilize the land for organic growing and get away from the large scale farming we see today. The negative impact on the land, our environment and our well being will be greatly reduced.