Archive for July, 2009

Cabbage is almost ready

My cabbages are growing in the sunniest part of my backyard garden area.  For me, this is the west edge.  Even there, they don’t see their first DIRECT sunlight of the day until almost noon.

Feed me

Feed me

Feed me!

Feed me!

I'm not eatin' that, it has a stinger!

I'm not eatin' that, it has a stinger!

Maybe it’s just me, but the plants remind me of the Audrey II.

I’m looking forward to my first amateur attempt at making fermented sauerkraut soon!

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Saving Lettuce Seeds

Normally you want to pick all of your lettuce either before it gets bitter from days that are too warm or before it sends up a seed stalk (bolting). To save lettuce seeds, you need to let the plant grow flowers.

The lettuce has bolted

The lettuce has bolted

Lettuce flowers

Lettuce flowers

Partially dry group of lettuce flowers.

Partially dry group of lettuce flowers.

I cut the whole head of flowers off the lettuce when some of the seeds began to drop onto the ground and took it inside. I let it dry out  a bit more in a paper bag.

Find a dry flower

Find a dry flower

Break open the dry lettuce flower

Break open the dry lettuce flower

Here are your seeds!

Here are your seeds!

Lettuce Seeds

Lettuce Seeds

More lettuce than your family could eat.

More lettuce than your family could eat.

One bolted lettuce plant could easily yield enough lettuce seeds for your whole next year.

I picked 25 or 30 tomatoes today…

…in about 15 seconds.

25 or 30 tomatoes.

25 or 30 tomatoes.

These are “Spoon” tomatoes, which are a type of very small currant tomatoes. The ones shown here are the first to get ripe. Later in the year I expect much greater smallness from them. The seeds were given to me as a novelty present this Christmas, so I grew one. These tomatoes are actually quite delicious. VERY full of sugar.

Think they’re too small to eat with Mozzarella?

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