Sunday, June 21, 2009

Seed Sowing: Convolvulus - Blue Enchantment

Bright blue, morning glory-type blooms with white and gold throats. Low-growing, bushy plants are ideal for hanging baskets or as a groundcover. Drought tolerant. Annual. Sow in average soil in full sun after danger of frost. Sow about 6" apart and cover with 1" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-21 days. Thin to stand 12-18" apart when seedlings are 1-2" high.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Seed Sowing: Lemon Balm, Purple Ruffles Basil, Radish

Lemon scented leaves and sprigs used for tea or for flavoring cool drinks. Nice addition to potpourris. Perennial, zones 4-10. Sow in average soil after danger of frost in spring. Sow seeds evenly and thinly and barely cover with fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days. Thin to stand about 112" apart when seedlings are 1-2" high. Large, shiny purple, heavily ruffled leaves. Especially good for herb vinegar, and dramatic as a garnish. Also flavorful fresh or dried. Annual. Sow in average soil in full sun after danger of frost. Sow seeds about 6" apart and cover with 1/4" of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Thin to stand about 12" apart when seedlings are 1-2" tall. Harvest when buds begin to form up until frost. Rosy pink roots are 7-8" long with rounded ends. Peppery roots are great in a salad or try young leaves in salads or stir-fries. Harvest in about 35 days. Sow in well-worked soil after danger of frost in early spring, again in late summer for fall crop. In frost free areas, sow in the fall. Sow thinly in rows about 6" apart. Cover with 1/2" of fine soil; firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 4-6 days. Thin to stand about 2" apart.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Seed Sowing: Lupine - Russell Hybrids Mix

Magnificent plants with well-rounded flower spikes that bloom during May and June in a superb color range including many bicolors. Perennial, zones 4-7. Sow seeds 1/4" deep in a shady area in early summer. Keep soil moist and protect from sun. Seedlings emerge in 14-28 days. In fall, transplant seedlings to a permanent sunny or partially shady location, spacing plants about 18" apart.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Seed Sowing: Cucumber - Spacemaster

Slender, dark green fruits are 7 1/2" long. Mosaic-resistant vines are space saving and compact. Harvest in about 56 days. Sow in average, well-drained soil in full sun in spring after danger of frost. Sow 4-6 seeds about 3" apart in hills 36" apart. Cover with 1" of fine soil; firm lightly and keep evenly moist. Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days. Thin seedlings to 2-3 per hill when they are 2-3" high.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Bye Bye Snow Peas!

Time to tidy up my vegetable garden again! It has significantly warmed up and now it's time I take down my dried out, yucky snow peas.
Bonus picture: A mammoth sunflower showing it's magnificent bloom.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Benefits of Eating Papaya

To harvest the fruit, hold the papaya with one hand and twist it by it's stem. This is the easiest way to pick the fruits than by using shears. Wear gloves if you are sensitive with the white sap. The fruits that I picked weigh about 5-6 lbs which I all gave away to friends. Cut it open and you'll see this sweet reddish-orange fruit....oh, so yummy!

Did you know that....

Papaya has an enzyme called papain that is used as a meat tenderizer.
They make masks from papaya fruits that's supposed to soften the skin. And nutritionists promote papaya consumption to aid in digestion and as a superior source of vitamins A and C.