Personal Farm Log

August 26, 2017

The rest of the red onions have been pulled today. They are on the small side, but are very sweet and tasty. Here they are all cleaned up and shiny.


July 20, 2017

Each week, there are more and more cucumbers to pick. We pick them small(er) so the seeds aren’t hard in the fruit body, perfect for pickling. We have canned 7 jars so far and there are many to come!

July 2, 2017

The cucumber vines have bloomed and have started climbing fairly high. There are lots of big, green tomatoes on the tomato vines too. The jalepeno pepper plants bloomed a few weeks ago and are now little, tiny peppers on the plant. You can see the giant collard greens plant and lots of lettuce in the garden pictures as well.


May 26, 2017

The cucumber plants became large enough to transplant into the garden. Because they are a vine-type plants, they needed to be placed along a fence to optimize space and allow for more plants to grow.

My lettuce garden that was transplanted into the dirt is doing extremely well. I’ve already used lots of lettuce for salads and sandwiches. The basil is also doing well, with full, crisp green leaves. I have 2 varieties of basil– sweet and Siam Queen (which is my dad’s favorite). Cilantro from last year re-seeded itself profusely, spreading throughout my garden bed. I have it contained to one area now and will continue to let it grow.

The rest of my tomato plants (15!) were planted into the garden bed as well. It’s been very warm and wet out, perfect for transplanting. One of the tomato plants that I purchased at the Indiana Master Gardener’s Plant Sale, a Cherokee Purple, got its first blossom!

May 6, 2017

Today I planted California Wonder Green Bell Peppers, Heirloom Tomatoes, lettuce, Big Chili Peppers, and Sweet Peppers. The main garden bed is coming along nicely.

April 30, 2017

April 22, 2017

The cucumbers have sprouted and are doing extremely well. I also purchased some bell pepper and tomatoes plants that are further along than my own from the Master Gardeners Expo at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds. I also got new seeds: rooted parsley, melons, beets, and some sprouting broccoli and wheat berry.

I transplanted all of my radishes but they aren’t looking very healthy. I also planted carrots and the remaining lettuce, and radishes seeds into the ground directly in the garden plot.

April 15, 2017

I have planted some asters in a garden pot to create a native plant arrangement. They are very small, but they are coming up!

Also, the dogwood tree inside my yard has finally bloomed!

April 14, 2017

I have transplanted bigger radishes and tomatoes into their own separate containers to mature more. My arugula, collard greens, endive, and native wildflowers are doing well too, though they are still not fully grown.

I have utilized 3 different types of soil this growing season: old fertilized potting soil (low growing quality so far), organic coconut fiber soil, and Black Kow (manure and compost) soil. The only seeds I used the fertilizer (plainly) on were the black-seeded Simpson and iceberg lettuce heads, which aren’t doing too well. There will be a few heads that live I believe, but many of them have died.

Last night I just planted white spined cucumber seeds and sweet pepper seeds. More and more tomatoes are coming up every day as well, which is exciting news! The Roma tomato seeds I had previously dumped out because they didn’t germinate for a month actually started growing as well. I tried to plant them in various spots around the yard to give them a chance at life.

April 1, 2017

My radishes have shot up and are doing well. There is only 1 single tomato plant that has come up. I received some tomatoes from my grandmother and they have grown quite a bit as well.

March 27, 2017

My Roma tomatoes still haven’t come up, and I’m not sure why. Everything else is doing well. I planted radishes and heirloom tomatoes today as well.

March 25, 2017

March 19, 2017

The lettuce seedlings continue to grow taller each day. The Iceberg seedlings are doing much better than the Black Seeded Simpson seedlings. Perhaps it has to do with the amount of seeds sprinkled into each compartment or that one seed takes longer to germinate than the other.

The cilantro seeds started sprouting as well; they are extremely tiny and condensed in one specific area that decided to sprout first.

The tomatoes have still not sprouted. I wonder why? Perhaps they were stunted by the cold and have slowed their germination rate.

All plants have been moved back out into the greenhouse by now. It has been very warm (60 degrees) during the day, making the greenhouse exceed 98 degrees in the day time with the door zipped shut. I have had to leave it open so the plants didn’t overheat. At night, it gets down to around 24 degrees, but stays decently warm inside the greenhouse.

March 16, 2017

The first sprouts were spotted from the Sweet Basil pot.

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March 11, 2017

Today I saw the first sprouting of my lettuce seeds. They are tiny seedlings now of both the Iceberg and the Black Seeded Simpson species. However, I had to bring them into the garage because it got down to 16 degrees F, much too cold for the makeshift greenhouse to keep them warm. They will go back outside during next week into the greenhouse, but for now they are staying inside by a window.

March 5, 2017

  • planted Sweet Basil and Cilantro seeds to start in greenhouse
  • anchored shiitake mushroom log against brick lean-to


March 4, 2017

  • planted Iceberg lettuce, Black Seeded Simpson lettuce, and Roma tomato seeds to start in greenhouse
  • soaked shiitake mushroom log (5:38 p.m.)