Blistering my terrace-grown tomatoes, listening to Chet Baker: stand-ins for missing one of my dearest and oldest friend’s wedding welcome dinner tonight, thinking about how the next time I get on a plane it will be with a baby.
My first ripe melon of the season! This is a Mango Melon, also called a Peach Vine, and guess what (?!) it doesn’t taste like either! It’s a slightly citrusy cantaloupe and I plan on juicing it and using it as a counter for spice in one of my hot sauces! Its a long, vigorous vine with tons of fruit and I’m definitely saving the seeds for @saveloveseedswap 💕👩🌾
Harvested a few purple and gold potatoes from the containers. Tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary from the containers as well. Turned out really good! #containergardening#potatoes#rosemary
I tried growing the “Black Sea Man” tomato (lol) this year & did not have much success. The cracked skin is due to irregular watering, but they also aren’t large in size. I wonder if it’s because I grew it in a grow bag rather than in ground? 🤔 I also expected a more purple-ish color.. perhaps there’s not enough sun in my backyard? Despite all the negatives, they still tasted delicious! The taste is sweet w/ a slight tart at the end. The pulp inside has a purple-ish tint as well, super cool! Will definitely try to grow this variety again! Nothing beats home grown tomatoes🌱
The first bloom for Hobbs Bean👏🎉🎉 May 2019
In early 1800s Absalom Hobbs shot a goose in Lee County, a triangle on the western tip of Virginia in the Appalachian mountains.
Inside the goose's crop Absalom found a white bean freckled with red splotches. He planted it and the resulting buttery bean became a family favorite.
Absalom passed it on to his children, who passed it to theirs, eventually landing with Clinton Hobbs, who brought it to Kent OH when he became a biology professor at Kent State in 1945. Hobbs, his wife Olive and their 4 children grew the beans on their Brimfield OH property a remnant of the WWII victory gardens. They ate them as green beans and as shellouts.
I met Mr.Clinton Hobbs at a Master Gardener class where we became friends and he shared some of his Hobbs beans with me shortly before his passing in 2009.
I grew these beans for years, freezing bags of green beans for the dinner table, and saving beans for planting next year, over and over again. Then for some reason I stopped. I had the beans in a glass jar. When I found them again, they were not fully dried when they went into the jar and they got moldy. I could not get them to grow. I sent many out to.other folks who tried also. I felt so horrible of losing this bean . Then one day this past fall my wife tagged me in a Facebook post that Kent State Library had just received a donation of Hobbs beans and they would be available this coming spring in the seed library. I turned the truck around and drove straight to the library. Went inside and told them how I was given some of the beans from Mr. Hobbs and how I messed up and lost them. And was there anyway I could get some before they were gone. So we agreed to trade, even though I didnt have any seeds on me at the time. I once again have the Hobbs goose bean growing in my garden. I did return seeds back to the library as promised.
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One fall I planted a one gallon Heather with a chrysanthemum and few hyacinths. That was over ten years ago. Now the heather or Erica,so really a heath, is so large that I don’t know what to do with it. It had a hard winter so it’s been pruned carefully to help encourage more branching. It’s in full bloom today and the bumblebees are all over it. The foliage turns orange in fall once the flowers finish. Anyway Farmer Jim thinks it has to go. The container is old ugly plastic and the plant deserves better. I could paint the pot I guess. Part of me is afraid to move this mature plant to a new container. This is one plant that doesn’t transplant well. What would you do? #heather#heath#containergardening
UPDATE...Farmer Johnson grew 46 potatoes from two container gardens!!!!! Amazing for his first try! Now the question remains....Are They Edible???? 🤪 They kind of look like overgrown seed potatoes. Oh well! I'm still super proud of my hubs and his new hobby 😘