Garden Bounty ~ 7/9/13

Even though we’ve been inundated with rain the past couple of weeks, I’m harvesting oodles of tomatoes and peppers, cucumbers and raspberries. I had so many peppers of different kinds and colors, I made a pepper centerpiece out of them for the picture above. See this week’s bounty!

Puzzling Pepper Pollination

Yesterday was pepperoncini harvest day. I didn’t pick a peck of pickled peppers, but I picked a bunch, as you can see in the picture above. The interesting thing is that every one of those peppers was picked from plants that germinated from seed sown from the same seed packet. Yes, I grew these plants from seed myself, from one packet purchased from a well-known seed company. Believe it or not, every one of those fruits is a pepperoncini! It is obvious that the seed packet I purchased contained cross-pollinated seed. I found it so fascinating, I thought I’d check out Gregor Mendel’s theory on genetics. My experiment!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 5/20/13

It’s been a wonderful week here at my Sanctuary Garden. The weather hasn’t been too hot – in the upper 70s to lower 80s most of the week. The sky has threatened rain several times, but never kept its forecasted promise. So, I’ve had to break out the hose and water. At least the clouds have kept it cooler. The garden is filling in and looking lush! Things are growing, fruit is popping, and flowers are blossoming (like my hydrangeas pictured above). Come take a look!

Sanctuary Gardener Update ~ 4/29/13

It’s been only three weeks since I planted my spring crops, and the fight has already begun. I’m battling slugs, fire ants, and flea beetles! Plus, I’m already seeing some signs of a nutrient deficiency in several of my plants. I’m unsure if it’s a problem with magnesium or iron. Looks like I need to call Clemson University’s co-op for more insight. However, there is a bright side! Plants are growing and buds are opening in my garden – like the Black Krim tomato flower in the picture above. See more!