Monday, August 29, 2016

Floral photography by Cassie Kinney (2016 Zinnia, dahlia, Sunflower garden)

Late August Fall garden + Pear fruits getting bigger

A couple of days ago, I directly sowed Red Russian Kale, Detroit Beets, Buttercrunch lettuce, Cherry Belle Radish, Purple Dragon Carrot seed and a shorter and fatter variety of carrot. On the end, I sowed Broccoli seed. At the moment, that is all the vegetable seed I sowed in the hugelkultur mound seen in the photo. Around the mound I have different barriers (buckets, plants, fencing, pallets) to prevent the cats from climbing on the mound. It is a very attractive mound for cats because it's the perfect place to urinate and bury their feces. 

The cape gooseberry plants are growing in four of the pots along the mound. I'm sure it will take till October or November for them to ripen.

 Below is a picture of the second Canna flower garden.

It's almost September, and these Kieffer pears may take till October or November to ripen-- but I could be wrong considering their size.

Peaches, Figs & Heirloom tomato & Cucumber harvest (Late August 2016)

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Chanterelle mushrooms from the woods!

Lightly cook with a little oil and salt after removing dirt and washing. Steam mushrooms and serve over noodles, rice, sandwich, or anything!

Pears, Figs, Cape Gooseberries, Toms, & Squash Growing

As the summer comes to a close, and after enjoying Peaches from the trees this summer, I have pears and figs continuing to grow. In the pictures below, you see the progress on the two pears growing on one of the trees, and there are many figs producing off of the two Chicago Hardy fig trees. In a future video, I will show you the progress on the Figs.

In the pictures here, cape gooseberry plants are growing in containers. The seeds were saved from a couple of fruits that were purchased from Whole Foods. The fruit's husk looks like a lantern and the flowers resemble that of Okra blooms.
Cape gooseberries

Below in the picture, the row (right) is growing Cushaw, butternut, Acorn squash. On the left, Apple gourds, hidatsa Bean, and pumpkin plants are growing in containers.

 Cucumbers, yellow squash, and zucchini are still growing.

Cleaned out old pumpkin vine and squash plants, then planted Peas to grow along trellis.

Tomato garden

Chicago hardy Fig Trees

The Late Summer Flower gardens

Sunflowers, zinnia, spider legs, dahlia
Canna gardens

 Harvested cabbage, broccoli, onion and cleaned out plants, then sowed peas in the two rows from the left.