Monthly Archives: February 2012

Dill’s a’comin!

Just a note to report that the dill emerged today, so it’s officially a seedling, not a seed.

I’ll skip further pictures of the seedlings because, until they show true leaves, they all look pretty much alike.

First emergings

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Here’s the kale, recently changed from seed to seedlings.

A few leeks have sprouted, too, and about 5 of the 100 chive seeds are now about 1cm tall.

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My original GrowBox setup

Original GrowBox arrangement

This is how my original container garden looked in April of 2010.

1″ x 12″ wide lumber atop two concrete blocks formed the shelves for the containers.  This was to foil the bunnies that ate my ground-based container veggies the year before.  The bunnies have been thwarted, but the squirrels and canyon rats just laugh at me, since they’re great at climbing and jumping.)

Beets appear in the left-most container, carefully poking out of the mulch sheet.  The red mulch sheet is for tomoatoes, and you can see a staking kit for tomatoes on the far right-side box.

Things were much simpler then, but it was a good small learning experience.  Those  beets were great, too!

On the left, you see the dwarf peach tree, whose blossoms appear elsewhere in this blog.  Years ago, when our son, Robert, was young, he’d use a wiffle bat to line-drive those little peaches into fence.  Natural T-Ball!  (It was funny, in retrospect.  At the time, I wasn’t amused.  ;^)  )

By the way, most pictures you see in these articles are shrunken versions of larger photos.  To see the original size, just click the photo.
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Stealthy Brussels Sprouting

Munched brocolli

I’ve had some challenges with the brassica family of plants, specifically broccoli and Brussels sprouts. It seems the birds are bigger fans of these plants than I am, and more diligent visitors to the planters. The canyon rats got into my fall planting of brocolli, and left me with this munched box of brocolli.


I also planted Brussels sprouts last fall, and they may still do OK. So far, the birds like the leaves, but the sprouts themselves are untouched. They’re growing stealthily under the cover of the leaf canopy.

Brussels sprouts, hiding from the birds

They should be ready to harvest pretty soon, and we’ll see how much we get from the four plants we have here.

Next fall, I’ll plant more of these and keep them under a floating row cover, to filter out the bugs that like them.