Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mushroom in the Cornfield

Gives someidea of how much its been raining the last week or two. I'm sure it's poisonous and would cause violent diarrhea but it looks lovely. More importantly the corn has germinated and it's great to see it getting moving.

Upside-down tomato experiment

The upside-down tomato experiment has now begun. There seems to be a great deal of hype surrounding it and all of the supposed benefits. Other people say its some kind of demented plant torture device. So far I can say its substantially more work than growing them upright, the 22L bucket weighs a ton so you have to be careful how you hang it and contrary to the hype you do have to stake the frigging thing otherwise the wind would shear it straight off! Still, it looks cool, and maybe thats the point.
I've used a roma as I wanted fruit that was not too heavy to stress the plant - bucket connectiomn but still large enough to test the idea.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Seed raising box

The seed raising box is in full swing. I built it from old bits of skirting board and a piece of glass I had. The atmosphere inside is hot and muggy and everything is germinating well, except the peppers but time will tell.

The Cucumbers are virile specimens indeed!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

First blood oranges

Its taken three years to get my first crop of blood oranges. Finally I know for sure that it actually is a blood orange tree without having to trust the tag. The colour is magic and I was a little worried they would be lacking the deep red streaks. The flavor is more tart than a bought orange but they have that distinct blood orange taste.