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Blueberry Farm Day Trip

Posted by olemike on 11/26/2012

This past Sunday we decided to take a short day trip up to Diamond Springs, CA to the Skyridge Blueberry Farm.  It is in the Sierra Nevada foothills close to Placerville, CA.

We didn’t know quite what to expect since this is the off-season for blueberries.  However, we wanted to get out of the house for a while so off we went.  As you can see by this  picture we didn’t get to see much at the farm.

However, we did have a beautiful drive.

The weather was perfect for a late November day.  We also stopped at a flea market in Diamond Springs.

My favorite picture is the one with the dog and his cap.  His owner put the cap on him, told him not to move, then left him there.  The dog didn’t move an inch.


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Leona’s Flower Garden

Posted by olemike on 11/15/2012

Leona’s planted her flower bed today.  It looks really good and will be even prettier in a few weeks.  It will bring some nice color to that side of the house.  We’ll publish an update soon.

In the spring, Leona will be planting Zinnia seeds she saved from last years blooms.  Here’s what they looked like this past summer..

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Redwood Flower Beds

Posted by olemike on 11/13/2012

The little lady has been urging me to build her a planting box just for flowers.  I finally broke down and got it done a few days ago.  I told her she had to keep it full of flowers because if I saw it setting idle, I would fill it with veggies.  She promises to do so.  We’ll see.  I’ll keep you posted with pictures.

It is a 4 ft by 5 1/2 ft and 24 inches high.  That makes it easier to work in without getting down on your hands and knees.  The dirt is a veggie mix I purchased at Hasties Sand and Gravel.  I have had good success with it in other beds.  I also supplemented it with Nutri-Rich 4/3/2 and Gaia Green rock dust.  I have added these two items to all of my beds and my winter veggies are doing great.

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Broccoli Harvest – Fall 2012

Posted by olemike on 11/11/2012

We harvested our first Broccoli the other day.  It weighed 14.9 oz.  It was a perfect size for one dinner  meal with perhaps a little left over for the next days lunch.  It was also exactly 60 days after I planted it which is what the label stated it should take.  That’s the first time that’s ever happened for us.  Maybe we are getting better at this science ( or art)  of gardening.  Sometimes it seems like both.

The entire garden is coming along quite well.  Take a look.

The cabbage heads are starting to form.  I’m also pleased with how the celery is growing.  This is our first time growing celery.

The Brussel Sprouts are also doing well.

We were starting to get more Broccoli than we could eat right away so we are freezing the extra.  Yesterday, we picked two heads , blanched them, and placed them in Seal-a-Meal, and then put in the freezer for future use.

A couple of days ago, I added another bed of Broccoli and Red Cabbage.  They should be ready in a couple of months.

I also recently planted a bed of onions and garlic.  It includes Whites, Reds, and Walla Walla sweet onions.  The garlic was from left over bulbs we grew last year.  I don’t have a good picture of this bed.  I’ll post one of it later after we have some growth.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with our winter garden thus far.  It’s the most successful I’ve grown to date.  We’ll see how it turns out.

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