Avocado Trees Producing Nicely

Update on the avocados we planted last year: they are very happy where they are in the garden. Here is a sneak peek at what they are doing so far. As you can see from the photos below, there are several different trees here. I will update later with all the variety information.

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Grapes in Full Production

One of our grape vines is in full production mode. Pretty happy about this, although it is right about the time the birds or squirrels get to them before we do when they are ripened. So far, they haven’t found our ‘secret grape stash’ among the leaves.

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Prepping Whole Jackfruit

Prepping Whole Jackfruit

I just posted a video on prepping a jackfruit on the main site, Cultivate to Plate. Here is the video below. To learn more about this fruit, read Jackfruit – Artocarpus heterophyllus.

How to remove the sweet fruit and edible seeds from a whole jackfruit.

Garden Counting 3: Cucumbers! Peppers! And a Surprise Visitor

Garden Counting 3: Cucumbers! Peppers! And a Surprise Visitor

Today was a small-patch cucumber-lover’s dream as we netted 11 in all. And as far as peppers go, it was a pretty good haul, too: 4 different varieties, 31 peppers in all. What we picked today: 11 cucumbers, 1 yellowbar zucchini, 6 shishito peppers, 3 Hungarian wax peppers, 5 hot red peppers (I think jalapenos that turned red), 17 small (jalapeno?) peppers. The red and green chiles were from seedlings two years ago, see below. The little pickers also found 2 grape tomatoes and 3 tiny strawberries.

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The small green peppers and the red peppers, well, I have no idea what the variety is for each. The plants were propagated from seed two years ago. As seedlings, we thought they were goners, so we just stuck them in a pot and hoped for the best. Truthfully we kind of forgot about them. Well, they survived the cold winters and hot summers outside, two years over. We put them in the peppers section of the garden and they are now thriving. But I have no idea what kind they are. So if someone can fill me it, that would be great. The red peppers have the shape of a typical jalapeno, and taste like it, too. But the small green ones I can’t pinpoint. I cut off the tips and tasted one and it was medium-hot. It was hot, but not burning. I’m going to let the next round of the small guys redden to see if that changes anything. They all were about an inch long, and no more. They look like perfect old-fashioned Christmas lights.

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Our surprise visitor wasn’t really a welcome one at all. And usually they are fond of tomato plants. Today, I found a tomato hornworm on a pepper plant. Apparently, they aren’t discriminatory. It was soon flicked over the fence into the dry wilderness to fend for itself.

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Counting Watermelons

Counting Watermelons

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We counted watermelons. The kids were ecstatic! When we first planted them in their garden boxes, they were neatly identified by their garden stakes. Now, the watermelon vines have grown in and are completely tangled and trailing each other everywhere.

By looking at them, I think identify them through their shapes and colors as babies: Klecky’s watermelon is oval, large, dark rind with light striping; Sugar Baby watermelon is round; Yellow watermelon has a light green rind with dark green striping; and Moon and Stars – well we couldn’t find any yet so we’ll have to wait.

Of course, some of the meandering watermelon are still too young to identify as of yet – so maybe we will have a harvest time surprise.

Today’s Tally From Our Findings

Sugar Baby4
Klecky's2
Moon & Stars0 :(
Yellow3

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What did you count in your garden today?