The Veggie Machine

Wonder what this is all about? Nancy asked me to start a database or spreadsheet for Christmas cards. So I have a spreadsheet with one column for name and one for address. Here’s what’s weird – some of the names type in just fine whereas others flag the spell check. So why would “Reagan” tilt the checker while “Ragusa” flies through just fine. Gilbreath tilts but Christiansen doesn’t.

Here are a couple current crop harvest photos. Not shown are some beets and radishes which hit the table for the first time this week. The beets were really scrawny but tasty. When I first started the garden, all the books said that a decent garden would produce about $1/SF annually in vegetables. In Florida, it’s fair to double that because the growing season is at least double that of most places. With the prices we’re seeing in the grocery stores for fresh produce, that $1 has to be $3/SF now. Each one of those items shown in the photos would be $3 here and each occupies roughly 1SF of garden space. The folks who sell the seeds know that too and have dramatically increased seed prices this year. Still, a bargain.
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Other than lots of picking, the garden activities for the week included transplanting a couple of patio tomato seedlings into a container along with a few dozen carrot seeds. There’s a famous book, well famous may be an overstatement; there’s a well known gardening book…. Let me start again, there’s a book known by a few vegetable garden zealots entitled something like Tomatoes love Carrots. The focus of the book is the advantages/disadvantages of co-planting certain varieties. For example a certain plant may ward off an insect that otherwise would attack a companion planted adjacent. Or a particular vegetable may soak up a certain garden nutrient while emitting one that fosters strong growth in an adjacent variety. Lot’s of don’t plant this next to that kind of info. From the title you can guess that the carrot/tomato axis is promoted so I decided to give it a try by planting Kurado carrots all along the base of the patio tomato container. We’ll see.

Also planted what is probably the season finale lettuce seed. That will be ready for the big time garden in mid January and carry us on through March. Much beyond that it gets problematic for lettuce unless we really have a coolish spring.

2 thoughts on “The Veggie Machine

  1. you mentioned your beets were a bit scrawny, how were the greens?
    They are my favorite green but I’ve never had them in Fla. I wouldn’t eat beets on a bet but save any extra beet greens for me. 🙂

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    1. Sometimes I pick small greens to mix in a salad but not really very often. Actually they were so disappointing I yanked them all out and replaced with lettuce.

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