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Attack of the Hornworms

Took a peek in the garden on Sunday and found this little guy.

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The tomatoes are coming the tomatoes are coming

Get ready for fresh bruschetta, salsa and homemade marinara sauce!  Those delicate little yellow flowers on the tomato plants have magically transformed into the first set of tomatoes.  So far two species have fruit, the home-grown Grandero’s and a store bough cherry tomato plant.  Hopefully the remaining plants will follow suit soon.

My guess is the scorching heat of the past week accelerated the garden’s growth.  My cucumber and squash plants also quadrupled in size and most of my pepper plants have blossoms.  You gotta love photosynthesis.

Unfortunately I lent my camera to a co-worker, so there will be no snap-shops of the lovely fruit.

I’ve also noticed a resurgence in my efforts to recycle and compost.   I am normally very good about recycling all of our cardboard, cans and bottles but lately I have gotten back into the composting business.  Maybe it’s a result of tending to the garden, but I’ve been more inclined to take the extra time to toss my kitchen scraps into the compost bin.  There is something very satisfying seeing your compost and recycling bins filled and your garbage cans empty.

Seedling update

The APS units worked great!  In about eleven day, I got all but two of the tomato seeds to sprout and several of the peppers have spouted as well.  The tomatoes came in faster than the peppers, so I had to take the greenhouse cover and have temporarily covered the peppers with some plastic wrap to keep the soil moist.  The tomatoes are tall and spindly, so I have added an extra light to my seed station in my office.

homemade growing station

On the other-hand, the broccoli, cucumbers, cauliflower and squash are coming in like gangbusters.  Thick health seedling are erupting through the soil and in only five, that’s right 5-days!

Broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers and squash after 5 days