Monday, May 17, 2010

Etsybloggers Carnival - May 21, 2010

May has been a great month for Etsyblogger Carnival topics. I missed the first one for some reason...darn! So I made sure to put this week's post on my TO DO list early... yes, I KNOW it's the 21st! Here are the two topics from Sweet Sally Soaps:

1. Tell about your gardening plans for the upcoming growing season.
2. Show me your all time favorite piece of art and why you find it inspiring.

I don't think I could come up with one favorite piece of art, so I'll tell about my garden plans.


Actually, we already have the garden sown: two broccoli plants, two Roma tomato plants, two cayenne peppers, and two squash. And a sprinkling of onions and garlic. Just enough plants to eat from, and not waste. Most everyone at work has a garden, so it's not too easy to pass off extra veges!

I wanted to grow broccoli this year, because I love to eat it. Don't remember growing it before, so I wasn't sure if it would work or not. We cut our first broccoli head for salad a few weeks ago. One of the Etsybloggers told me she had trouble growing broccoli, so I want to let you in on a little secret! When the first center stalk grows up, get a knife and cut it off, at about 4-6 inches. Then new little ones will form in the leaf axils around it, and all over the lower stalk. If you don't keep picking on it, the green heads will send up tall yellow flowers. Pretty to look at, but that's the end of your growing cycle. Here's two pics on the same broccoli plant:
Of course, everything tastes a little different than store bought... because it's wholly organic!

10 comments:

NICO Designs said...

The garden looks great. I went with only a few tomatoes, a pepper and herbs because I was so nervous for my first attempt. I hope I will venture out more in the fall.

Beth said...

There's nothing better than garden fresh veggies! Your garden looks great!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

What a great garden :) Glad to hear you have already started enjoying it!!!

BeadedTail said...

Your garden is growing so fast! We think you forgot to mention that MJ helped too!

Split Rock Ranch said...

Oh wow! And I still don't have anything out yet - no sense in having everything smashed by snow. Sigh, will summer ever get here?!

TiLT said...

awesome!!! One of these years I will get a garden patch going here. The little guy is old enough that next year should be the year we can be outside together without having to be "together" the whole time :)

Campbell Jane said...

I hope my garden grows as well as yours!

Sarah Ranes said...

Your garden looks great, still working on mine.

Splendid Little Stars said...

great tip about the broccoli! Your growing season is MUCH farther along than mine.

Andrea said...

Garden looks great. We just got ours in a couple of days ago. I've tried broccoli in the past, but always have trouble with worms. So this year we are going without.

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