The beans also have very pretty flowers
I tried to employ (somewhat) the KISS method in the garden this year, growing standard fare (carrots, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce…), but I violated my goal.
I bought a 20 gallon “smart pot” from groworganic.com in mid July. I had already started some butternut squash seedlings indoors a couple weeks earlier. July is way too late to start squash seedlings. It is now mid September, and the plant is only just starting to seriously flower (see picture on left). But that’s okay, because the beauty of gardening is experimenting.
However, I do expect to get some beans, so the smart pot wasn’t entirely a failure. I bought royal purple beans and they’ve flourished. I’ve never grown them before, but I’ve already done several successive planting since July and started to get some bean production.
The other day, my friend got seeds stuck in her hair. I told her that she should leave the seeds in her hair, bury it in the soil, and lie very still for a month or two until she becomes a grown plant (YOLO?). Then I could do scientific researcher on her.
She said that I’m a little too obsessed with plants.
Since June, I have watched you grow. You fattened and fattened. I kept thinking that in just one week, you’d be turning red, yet week after week you remained green, and kept growing fatter. Now you’re huge, the biggest tomato I’ve grown (you look much smaller in this picture). It’s August 24th, I’ve waited long enough, and now I see the orange creeping over your body, soon to turn into delicious red.
Please, turn red and let me eat you. You and your tomatoey friends should have come a month ago, you’re late, but I’ll let it slide, just please start arriving on my table before the frost comes rolling through. It’s my last year to grow you, my soon-to-be delicious friend. You’re so close to my plate, so close, yet any disaster could befall you. I can imagine the chipmunks, deer, and birds eying you just as I am doing now. Each minute I debate whether to pick you now, let you ripen on my window sill and not take the risk of a critter taking a bite, or to let you ripen on the vine and reach your full potential.
With best regards, your hungry friend,
…scientists are working on GM plants that will need even less pesticide than Bt cotton, and maybe none at all. The key is an ‘alarm pheromone’ that some species of wild plant have evolved to mimic the chemical warning signals put out by aphids — a major crop pest in the temperate zones — when they are under attack.
Green roof on Bunk House by Casey Boyter Landscapes and Green Roofs, Austin, TX
I want a green roof like this
The cucumbers were delicious this year! I used both the Beit Alpha seeds and tendergreen seeds (a ferrymorse brand seed packet which I bought later on from a local hardware store). The carrots, on the other hand, turned out horrible. I used both Muscade and Nantes seeds, and both varieties turned out ugly and weird tasting. **Does anyone understand why?**