Weekly Nursery Update – June 12, 2020

Not a whole lot has been happening on the business end.  Still working to get some merchandise to sell online.  We did add a page for anyone who might choose to support us in getting our business established through Paypal.  You can click here if you’d like to help with our crowdsourcing efforts. I did start a weekly Spanish blog post which I’m pretty excited about. You can read our first post here.

In the garden, the pepper plant that I wrote about last week appears to be pest free, with nothing but me crushing little black spots.  The plant appears to be healthy, and nearing the flowering stage.  Some of our other pepper plants have flowered, and we even have a few small peppers forming.  This week we also preemptively harvested cilantro, trying to beat the bolt and in the process enjoyed one of our favorite flavors.  Another great thing this week came in the form of garlic scapes, which I’ve been finding intermittently in old bunches of garlic.  Garlic scapes are wonderful, with a very mild flavor and suitable anywhere you’d use green onions or chives. 

Pepper plant that was infested with little black bugs last week. The infestation appears to be gone and the plant in good health.
Garlic scapes. Excellent mild garlic flavor. Perennial and easy to grow.

A lot of stuff in the garden is growing well, but nowhere near mature.  In our 3 sisters garden, I think one sister might be kind of absent.  The beans and pumpkins germinated and are growing well, but much of the corn either didn’t germinate or was eaten by birds.  Either way, worst case scenario is if we don’t get to eat the corn due to poor pollination we’ll have some nice fall decorations.  Hopefully we will get to eat some beans and pumpkins.  

Speaking of pumpkins, someone left a good book about pumpkins in our Little Free LibraryIt’s Pumpkin Time! By Zoe Hall.  Liliana and I read it together and then went down to the garden to look at our pumpkin plants.  I did have to regretfully inform her that our pumpkins are not Jack-O-Lantern style pumpkins, like in the book.  We’re growing sugar pumpkins, so they’re small and not hollow.  It was a nice book to find and it felt good reading a picture book for a kid who has been in the stage of being too big for picture books.  I miss reading like that with them.      

Something else we did this week was repot an old orchid.  A few weeks ago, I took a virtual class through Phipps Conservatory called Orchids 101. The class was very informative, and the teacher did two live displays.  One was how to properly water an orchid.  The other was how to repot, which was fantastic for us as we have an old orchid that hasn’t seen a flower in years, was growing out of its little pot, and was putting out new roots towards the sky.  Here are some pictures I took and the process explained.

We’re looking forward to more food from the garden soon. We’re also looking forward to getting more aspects of the business up and running. Wishing you all a great weekend!

Published by scottmeneely

Gardener passionate about organic gardening, fresh food, sustainable landscaping, home brewing, and much more! Our nursery also includes my wife and 2 kids. We work together, learn together, and travel together. My wife is Panamanian and we try to grow lots of good Latin American ingedients. We live in Baldwin, Pennsylvania in the South Hills of Pittsburgh.

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