his week at #RanchoReiso
July 22nd 2018 - Here comes more heat!
Pepper Harvest - We decided to pick sweet peppers in advance of the approaching heat wave. Some of these would color up to red, orange or yellow if left to ripen on the plant, but we decided to hedge our harvest.
Sunflower Power- As the tallest member of our garden community, this particular flower towers about a dozen feet up reaching for the astral realm after which she was named. We set a camera on time laps up a long piece of bamboo to catch this sunrise footage including birds, bees and us working in the garden below
Shade Cloth - A trip to the hardware store and two 20’x6’ rolls of shade cloth later, we covered up the most vulnerable plants including tomatoes, starts in the greenhouse and succulents.
Corn Silks - Part of the female reproductive portion of the corn, the silks have emerged from our Hopi Blue corn. Think of the silks like the plant equivalent of a fallopian tube. One speck of pollen (think sperm) on a silk ensures one kernel will develop on the ear. We started hand pollination (think artificial insemination) to ensure ears full of kernels because on a small block like ours wind doesn't always get the job done thoroughly. We will post a YouTube video on the process and call it “Corn Porn”. Medicinal Flowers - Tulsi flowers love the heat, and toothache flowers don't seem to mind the high temperatures either. However the Chamomile and Calendula are winding down. Gotta love the way this flower harvest looks!
What's growing in your garden?
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