Saturday, August 12, 2017

Last Garden Harvest Except For Potatoes

Well my gardening season has come to an end. It was a very tough season this year. Made a few mistakes which cost me my corn crop but I learned some valuable lessons.
My sweet peppers plants were all but taken over by black spot although I was able to manage to harvest some peppers. Next time I plant sweet peppers I will stick with the ones that have really worked for me in the past and stay away from some of the fancier varieties that I tried this years that I did not have very good luck with. I did pretty well with my 2 tomato plants that I harvested the larger juicing tomatoes from. These are the tomatoes that I specifically got to make spaghetti sauce out of. I just recently finished with a 3rd harvest in a matter of 10 days and they are now inside to finish ripening up. I usually like to let them ripen on the vine but with the way the season has gone I did not want to take any chances with insects or birds getting to them, so I brought them in to ripen. Once they have all ripened up we will clean them up real good and put them through the juicer and then vacuum seal them and put them in the freezer for later use.
I just recently planted some Yukon Gold potatoes but those won't be ready for harvest until October and that will be it for this year.
Here are some photos from this years final tomato harvest:


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Update On The Garden

Well there isn't much left of the garden. I have 11 planter pots left with sweet pepper plants but I am not sure how much more that I might get out of them due to the fact the that Black Spot got a hold of all of them. I already cleared and cleaned out approximately 18 plant pots that were on the back deck due to the black spot along with cleaning out 4 big planter pots that had tomatoes in them. Besides the 11 sweet peppers that I have left I still have a mini garden of sorts out in oval garden area that has 3 tomato plants that are planted in the ground and approximately 8 stalks of corn. I am nor sure if the corn will produce anything since it looks like something is beginning to nibble on the leaves and stalks.
Now the tomatoes are a different subject. 2 plants are the Supersauce Hybrid tomatoes. Between these 2 plants there are roughly 80 larger sized tomatoes on them. The other tomato plant is a larger Roma style.
Below are photos of the 3 plants. The Supersauce are the larger tomatoes:

Within the next couple of weeks I will be planting my 2nd round of Yukon Gold seed potatoes which should be ready for harvest late September or early October

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Garden Has Been All But Wiped Out

It has been a very tough gardening year. The peppers came down with a severe case of black spot and it has really taken its toll on all of the pepper plants. I have treated them all repeatedly with fungicide and it has had minimal results. I have harvested some peppers off of the plants but I don't think any new peppers will be showing up. The leaves from the pepper plants have been falling off right and left to the point that on some plants all that is left is mostly a stem. They are some sad looking plants. They are a few that still have some buds on them but I am not sure what they will produce. The tomatoes on the deck have been having a tough time too. All in all it has been a real battle this season with all of the crops that I have planted.
Of the peppers that I have harvested I ended up pickling most of them and with the large tomatoes I ended up making and freezing sauce for the Winter months.
I re-planted some corn after my first crop turned out so fault for being over ambitious and planting the corn to close together in order to get more rows in. All I got was under developed corn and stressed out stalks. After re-planting the corn was coming up nicely until some kind of bugs/insect/worm starting eating away at the stalks and even after treating the crop, whatever was eating it ate enough of the small interior stalk portion that it just toppled over. I ended up having to pull them all up. I pulled the plastic weed guard and and long metal staples up too.
I had been told that I should not plant any tomatoes or peppers in the planter containers using the same soil for 3 years do to the black spot so I dug up the soil in the corn garden and swapped out the soil from the pepper plant containers with the corn soil so each crop will get fresh soil next year and hopefully that will take care of the black spot issue.
It has been one thing after another this year and so disappointing.
I am going to be trying my luck again at growing some more Yukon Gold potatoes in a couple of weeks. I had pretty good luck earlier in the year with a mixed bag a fingerling potatoes and Yukon golds so this time it will be all Yukon golds.
Here is a photo of my pepper of the is an Italian Heirloom grilling pepper:
You can see why it won pepper of the year

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Part #6 And The Last Of The Photos Taken During Veronica And My Most recent Trip To Venice, Italy

This is Part 6 and the last of our photographic journey through Venice, Italy
Below is San Marco, the Canpanile and the Doge's Palace on the right

Below is the Le Zitelle Church (Santa Maria della Presentazione)

Another work of art that is part of the La Biennale di Venezia 2017- 57th International Art Exhibition 

Below is the entrance of the Arsenale in Venice as seen from the lagoon. If you look off to the middle left you will see a submarine on display. The Arsenale is where the Italian shipbuilders would build their military ships


Sometimes in the mood and sometimes not
This poor kitty was being tormented by all of those delectable birds playing freely just outside this window perch

This barge was carry containers full of wine
Venice just would not be Venice without Burger King
The Church of San Simeon Piccolo

Below are trash collectors. We had to separate our trash into garbage and recyclables. We would pile our small bags in our downstairs hallway near the front door. Sometime before 11:30 in the morning they would knock on our apartment door and we would press the buzzer unlocking the front door and allowing them to grab the plastic bags. This is how it was supposed to work in theory. Unfortunately we were out and about by the time they got to our place so we had piles of these little bags piling up. A couple of times s we were leaving for the day we would see them on the other side of the small canal so I would grab up all of the multi colored bags and take them over to the collector. Our Airbnb hostess told us that no one was allowed to place any trash bags outside so the knocking on the doors and buzzer system was used by everyone but I am sure that others had alternative ways of dealing with the trash disposal since many people work and weren't at home when the collectors came by.

San Michele in Isola

Welcome to the colorful fishing island of Burano






Burano building art


Beautiful luxury yahcht docked in Venice

This wraps up our photographic journey through the various neighborhoods and islands of Venice and surrounding Venice

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