The veggies are really starting to show up and we are all enjoying reaping the fruits of our labor..

 

…(some more than others.)

 

Our weather here has taken a turn for the exceptionally hot and although we are suffering,

  the plants seem to be thriving

 

 as long as Mike and Pete keep them watered well.

Luckily an occasional thunderstorm keeps our rainbarrels full.

 

 So as we keep on gardening, hopefully our garden will keep on producing this delicious food for all of us to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. 
~Mrs. C.W. Earle

 

 

 

 

 

  The company garden is doing very well.

 

 

 

Ginger picked our first cucumber today as well as the first cherry tomato.

 

 

 

 

  Delicious just as we had hoped. Everyone has been able to help themselves to salad for lunches and now there will be cucumbers and cherry tomatoes to add to the greens.

 None of us can wait for the tomatoes and zucchinis to be ready. 

 The whole experience has been positive as well as really fun.

~”The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” ~Hanna Rion

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 is doing well. 

 We have had a lot of humidity and rain so the plants are happy.

  It was time to put up the tomato supports today since the tomatoes are beginning to grow.

 

 I noticed a couple of tiny cucumbers showed their pretty faces too.

 

 

 The giant pumpkins are growing nicely as are the zuchini and yellow squash.

 The best part today was when Ginger was able to pick some lettuce for lunch. 

There is nothing like picking veggies knowing you grew them, and enjoying their fresh, delicous flavor. 

 Double satisfaction!

  

 

~”Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success. “~ Unknown

 

  

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 The company garden is coming along nicely. 

 

 

The tomatoes are growing well and ready to be staked, 

 

 

 

  

the zuchinni plants are thriving

 and the “great pumpkins” are growing like weeds. 

Except for some unwanted tiny mushrooms that think they belong in our raised beds and some spots on a few leaves of a tomato plant, we seem to be in pretty good shape.

  We have some snap peas waiting to be picked so Mike did the honors…

he got the first taste of our garden(deservedly so) and said it was delicious! 

 

~”One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.”  ~W.E. Johns

 

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and coming along well. 

 Pete fenced in the garden area and built the raised beds.

Everyone here is getting excited that we will have fresh vegetables to show for all the work and waiting we have done.

 We ran out and got a few plants on Saturday to fill in for the ones that were sunburned when they were first moved outside a few weeks ago. 

   My husband and I enjoyed putting in the new plants. 

 

 

 

But there was a visitor that we didn’t expect.

Turns out we have cucumber beetles.

  They are colorful fellas but they are persistent pests that kill cucumber and squash plants.   Pete found them on the  pumpkin vines they have been feasting on.

Just another bump in the gardening road, but you can’t keep a good company down.  We are determined to have a bounty of veggies to show for our work. So we will forge on and find out how to rid ourselves of these yellow striped intruders.

Remeber the mystery seeds we planted?

Pete has taken on the challenge of growing extremely huge pumpkins~ so follow along to see how it goes.  Click on the link to learn more about the giant pumpkins we are growing in our company garden. A lot goes in to growing these monster pumpkins.  They come from a grower who sent us seeds from plants that have produced pumpkins as large as  1000 lbs.  Now that’s a Jack O Lantern to carve! 

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Our company garden is finally coming to reality. 

It’s been a cold, rainy spring so we haven’t been able to get the raised beds built sooner, but now that they are, we will be putting in our plants very soon. 

Just a bit more soil and we are ready to go.  We have also  completely fenced in the garden so that deer and most critters aren’t able to get in.  Mike and Pete have been working very hard to get all of this done even though it keeps raining and raining.  It’s quite a nice set up that soon will be bursting with delicious veggies for all of us to enjoy. 

 ~”Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.” ~ Unknown

The weather has been very unpredictable around here so we haven’t been able to get a good start yet in the company garden. The plot is now rototilled, the dirt raked and free of rocks(Thanks Ginger and Mike~how are your backs feeling today?) and the raised beds will be up in the next week.  Add a little soil and we will be ready for planting. 

 The seedlings are still growing although we had a bit of a mishap and some were a bit wet when left outside so they got burned in the sun.  Easy mistake that can  happen to anyone. That’s what great about this project~   everyone here is learning as we go. When the first year is over we will have a whole crew of gardeners that know a lot more than they did when we started.

 There were plenty that survived and are still doing well~more than enough for a garden.  Maybe all that Haven Brand Compost Teas we have been feeding them helped a bit.   So soon we will be enjoying the garden outdoors, can’t be soon enough.

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.  ~H. Fred Dale

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The Gearcor Company Garden is still in the planning stages since the weather will not cooperate at all.  We have gone from really cold weather to very warm with so much rain you couldn’t think of building raised beds out there just yet. But soon we will.

 So we continue to dream of the day when our seedlings will be able to be planted outdoors. In the meantime, we have transplanted some and they all continue to grow. 

And we wait…..

On a very positive note. 

our mystery seeds are germinating at last.

 

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   All of us at Gearcor are enjoying watching the progress of the seeds we have planted, especially Mike who is proudly showing us the flourishing seedlings.   

 He has taken great care to make sure they are watered and happy ~ he sings to them when no one is around.   (Oops sorry Mike, you didn’t want me to mention that did you?) ;)   

   

It was difficult for Mike and Pete when I thinned out the seedlings with a pair of scissors so as not to disturb their roots.   

  We repotted the ones that were big enough to move up a pot and composted the ones that didn’t make the cut.  (Sorry guys!)  

   

 The weather is still very unpredictable here in upstate NY.  It was 65 yesterday and spitting snow today so we can’t even think about putting our plants out there yet.   

   

    

Everyone is trying to be involved, even the dogs.    

Blondie and Sophie took off with one of the fiber pots and chased each other until it ended up in a shredded pile on the floor.  

Now the seedlings  are tucked carefully into their inside greenhouse, left to continue their growth while we wait patiently for the weather to allow us to plant them outside.  

   

 

    

Hopefully soon!  

 We have also planted some seeds that we are very excited about.  

Check back as they grow to see what the interesting mystery plants are. 

 

~’There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.”  ~Mirabel Osler 

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 While deciding on plants for my own yard as well as our company garden, one of my favorites immediately came to mind.  Nasturtiums.

Not only are they are one of the easiest plants to grow, are prolific bloomers and self seeders, they bloom in many bright colors. 

They like direct sunlight but some prefer partial shade which makes them ideal for most situations. 

 One of the really fun perks is that the entire plant is completely edible, but it’s the flowers with their slightly peppery taste that are used the most, usually  as a colorful addition to salads.  

 Another great thing about nasturtiums is that they repel some insect pests like squash bugs and cucumber beetles so they are ideal to plant around your vegetable garden.

 Without a doubt I will be planting these wonderful flowers again in my own back yard and I think Nasturtiums  will be a great compliment to our company garden as well.

~”People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”  ~Iris Murdoch