September, 2009

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First Earthbox Squash

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Harvested one of each of the four types of squash tonight (9/27). Stats: 8 ball 217g, Raven 209g, Multipik 151g, Zephyr 200g. So first harvest took 35 days.

First Earthbox Squash Harvest!

First Earthbox Squash Harvest!

Rick Bayless Earthbox Garden

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Nice interview just posted to Facebook with Rick Bayless. The interview is conducted up on his rooftop garden. He talks about the charity he is associated with, which assists farmers and which was the beneficiary of his Top Chef Masters win, and there is a bit about his Earthbox garden and the “rooftop salsa” it produces.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=138663538797

Hand Pollinating Squash

Sunday, September 20th, 2009
Earthbox Squash after Week Four

Earthbox Squash after Week Four

I fired up the Earthbox on 8/23, sowing squash seeds directly in the Earthbox. So today is day 28, end of week 4. There are several squash blooming. Some of the female blooms (at the end of a squash) closed up before any male blooms opened, so I think they will shrivel away (I’ve learned that the squash will not grow into adult squash without pollination from a male flower).

I’m worried that there are not many bees that know about Earthboxes, so am going to try to hand pollinate the squash. I found a really good page, with photos, at Gardenweb, that provides a good walk-through of hand pollination.

Male Squash Flower, aka Pollen Paintbrush

Male Squash Flower, aka Pollen Paintbrush

Painting the Pollen

Painting the Pollen

Baby Zephyr Squash

Baby Zephyr Squash

Baby Eight Ball Squash

Baby Eight Ball Squash

Fall Garden Update

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

First tomatoes appearing. Stupice has a few and Matt’s Wild Cherry has a few tiny ones.

Matt's Wild Cherry

Matt's Wild Cherry

Stupice

Stupice

First squash appearing in the Earthbox too, if you get out your magnifying glass…

First Earthbox Squash

First Earthbox Squash

Earthbox thriving at week four.

Earthbox Squash at Week Four

Earthbox Squash at Week Four

Earthbox Update

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Earthbox is chugging along nicely at three weeks since sowing the seeds.

Squash varieties in the Earthbox

Squash varieties in the Earthbox

Squash at Three Weeks

Squash at Three Weeks

Baby squash coming soon

Baby squash coming soon