Tag Archives: tomato

2014 mid-season orchyard report

For the first time in several years the orchyard entered July with plenty of water. The trees and vines are green, the grass is green, and the garden is green (perhaps slightly too green thanks to rampant weed growth!). Unfortunately … Continue reading

Posted in Orchyard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Rurikia 2013 Season in Review

Preparation for the 2013 season began in late 2012. Having identified the likely culprit in the attacks on young apples to be the European Apple Sawfly, the orchard area was given a dose in October 2012 of approximately 5 million … Continue reading

Posted in garden, Orchyard | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Putting the garden to bed

Veg gardens are seasonal, and with the approach of cold weather comes the end of the season. After a difficult year of a soggy spring followed by a summer drought followed by spring-like rains to end up at a fairly … Continue reading

Posted in garden | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pickled Turnips

It has been a fairly good year in the garden for turnips, and production has rapidly exceeded consumption. One answer: pickling them. Start with the trimmed and washed turnips. Peel and slice… Add in a few other items for color … Continue reading

Posted in Cooking, garden | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

After the storm and final planting

Somehow the orchyard managed to escape the hailstorm with a near-miss. Neighbors on the next road up had their newly planted gardens battered beyond repair, but as far as I can tell I lost a couple of eggplants in the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gardenomics – or why I won’t be planting lentils this year

A few days ago I decided that I would make lentils for dinner, but when I reached into the storage tin where I keep them I found it to be nearly empty. I like the small green and blue speckled … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment