Maker Bee

Garden Update!
April 1, 2008, 9:10 pm
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Week Three.

Everything is up and growing! The tomatoes and zucchinis have blossoms and the red and green bell peppers have little baby fruits!

I’m not sure that we are going to have too much luck with the carrots – they don’t seem to really be progressing. Now that I think about it, it may really be too late for the carrots even though the package said they can be planted as late as March in our zone. We shall see.

So far the potatoes have been the most interesting to me because we never had those growing up so I had no idea what the plant would even look like.

Jroam and I love to go out and check on it everyday. I picked up some fish emulsion and bone meal so we will be fertilizing later this week.

Perhaps we will eat locally….
March 11, 2008, 3:54 pm
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We planted our first vegetable garden this weekend! It was kind of a last minute decision because we really thought it was pointless to put so much work into a yard that we are just renting and who knows how long we will be living there. I had just read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and I was all pumped about eating local food that is in season so we started going to the local farmers markets only to discover that all of Florida is pretty slim pickins as far as fresh local farmers markets go. Most of the vendors just buy produce and sell it so most of it is not local or organic. I did find some local eggs and butter as well as a local hydroponic tomato and cucumber farmer. That is about it! I always thought that Florida would be a great place to buy local food because we have such moderate weather in the winter but if it exists I have yet to find it.

JRoam and I were discussing how awesome it will be when we move away from Orlando and have our own house with our own garden and we just decided what the hell, let’s do it. My parents had vegetable gardens as I was growing up in West Virginia and I had some successful flower and herb gardens but I’ve never grown vegetables on my own let alone in a climate that is so foreign to me. We ended up planting 6 tomato plants: 2 Red Beefsteak, 1 Marion, 1 Yellow Pear, 1 Roma and 1 Mr Stripey. We had a Pink Beefsteak but JRoam accidentally stepped on it when he was setting up the irrigation system so it was replaced by Mr Stripey. Also planted where a whole row of herbs, (Bergamont Sage, Traditional Sage, Flat & Curled Leaf Parsley, Taragon, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Chives, Rosemary and Cilantro Seeds), 2 Strawberry Plants, 2 Zuccinni, 1 Yellow Squash, 6 Okra, 1 Red 1Green & 1 Yellow Bell Peppers, 6 Jalapeno, 1 Habenero, 1 anonymous hot pepper, a row of Carrot Seeds, about 10 seed red and white Potatoes, a couple red and yellow onion sets, Snow Pea Seeds and Sunflower Seeds. We have no idea if any of it is gonna work but we are going to give it our best.