Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sugar Snap Peas

Last night I soaked some peas, and today I was able to get outside and enjoy this great fall weather and sowed 50 pea seeds. Hopefully I did not wait too long to do so.

Monday, September 28, 2009


Last Thursday night we opened up the watermelon we harvested early in the week (the 18.8 pounder). It was delicious, and smelled so strongly of sweet watermelon, that both our kids couldn't help themselves and started digging in and eating the watermelon too.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Watermelon Harvest

Today we finally harvested the Watermelon 'Moon & Stars' that was growing huge on the berm. The plant was grown from seeds that my friend Andrew gave me for my birthday (from seeds he saved from a watermelon he had purchased at a farmer's market). We would look at it every time we sat down to eat in the dining room. We weighed it, we couldn't use the kitchen scale, that came up with an error, so we used our Wii Fit. The one watermelon weighed in at 18.8 lbs! (Outweighing our daughter Julia Belén!) We have one more little one growing still up on the berm, hopefully that one keeps growing too.

Thanks Andrew.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Last night we finished the rest of our batch of Gazpacho that Julia had made. It was delicious, and it comprised of all homegrown ingredients other than the onion. We used the typical red but also some of our yellow tomatoes for the batch of Gazpacho. I said that it is gone, and sad that I didn't have the forethought to have taken a picture of it to share with everyone.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

September 9th Harvest

Even with the latest attack of the caterpillars, I was still able to harvest a decent amount yesterday.

Blueberry Caterpillars

Yesterday morning I noticed that there were a bunch of caterpillars on my Rabbiteye Blueberry. I am not sure what kind of caterpillar they are, but I made the mistake of touching one, and it definitely hurt my fingertip. They have what look like two eyes that are actually white spots on one end, and bristles on each end, and along their bottom.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Tomato Hookworms

This Sunday I went out to water the tomatoes, and noticed a ton of tomato hookworms on my tomatoes, they had been devastating my tomatoes in what seems like just two days. I pulled them all off and killed them. The one good thing that I noticed is that some had white things that are small cocoons of a parasitic wasp that eats the insides of the caterpillar and they soon emerge as wasps where they will go out and start the reproduction and munching cycle over again on more caterpillars. I was in a rush to get out to church, so I did not take a picture of them, but they are pretty mean looking with their red hook.