Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Farmer's Market Day and our small little garden!

Malta garlic, basil, tomatoes, green beans, shitake mushrooms, bell peppers, jalapenos, zucchini, summer squash, patty pan squash, long and skinny eggplant, cilantro, spinach, onions, red scallions, lettuce, and finally swiss chard!

Pretty, Pretty, Nasturtiums for our salad!

A couple of weeks ago we decided that we were going to plant a small garden to help me get over the upcoming ending of the Wednesday Worden Farm Farmer's Market at Fisherman's Village. I decided that if I could at least get the herbs to grow through the summer I would be so very happy.

We ended up doing 3 small containers. 2 with herbs and 1 with tomatoes. But while we were getting all of this at Home Depot (they actually had heirloom plants available) I saw something really cool! They had a Praying Mantis eggs casing that they were selling for less than $5!!! Just the cool factor of this was great but to think that they may eat all of our bad vegetable and herb eating critters was even better. We have been waiting and waiting for these to hatch and finally today as I was walking out of the house to go to the farmer's market I saw them!!! I am so sad that the girls didn't get to see them but at least I got pictures and they didn't have to see the lizards that were feasting on them as fast as they got out???!!! (Speaking of lizards-one just scared the SH** out of me by jumping onto my computer tower???!!! I yelled at it to leave so I hope I have another minute or two before he comes back!)

See the size of the pod?

Baby Praying Mantises

Tomatoes, basil, purple basil, Greek oregano and parsley

Everything seems to be growing well and we can move them around as the days get hotter. I have some blooms on the tomato plants so that's a good sign!

****I am cutting this short because that freaking lizard is in here somewhere-not that I don't like them. I like them just fine but OUTSIDE!!!!!!

Well of to decide what to have for it will contain a lot of vegetables!!!

As Always...

Happy Entertaining!!!



Thistlemoon said...

What beautiful nastursiums! I love them! Good luck finding your lizard friend!

Danni said...

Ha, ha! Talk about a stream-of-consciousness post! It was kind of like being inside your head there for a second. :-) :-)
Praying mantis' (manti?) are SO very cool. When my boys were smaller we would find them in our yard and keep them inside in an aquarium. Really vicious things...the way they eat their prey...Have you seen them super up close? They look like the alien in the movie Alien...I heard they modeled the whole double jaw-thing for their monster from the preying mantis. Ah yes, just another useless trivia fact from me to you..and all for free!!
That little lizard looks cool, too. Catch him and put him in an aquarium! :-)
Oh yeah...really cool containers!!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

yeah Danni not such a fan of lizards in my house! I just went into my office and I saw the Freakin thing again!!! I live in a 2000+ square foot house. Why do I keep seeing this thing? I almost woke the girls up to catch it! They catch them all the time and keep them on the bug catcher but never inside... I know mean Mom!
The praying mantises(?) are pretty space age looking but if they will keep my plants healthy I love them!

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

Thats some fresh food! Cute lizard!
; )

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Sounds like that cute lizard likes being around you. hehe

If it was me, I'd probably let him stay, as long as he worked keeping the bugs exterminated. hehe

Your garden is so productive and beautiful. I am living vicariously through you. I've had a brown thumb for so long and am now afraid to get my hands in the dirt growing anything.

I yearn to eat food from my own garden one day. For now I will drool while I read your blog.....hehe