Wednesday, December 28, 2011

green finger tips - beans developing

The bean seed was planted on 14 November 2011 and germinated 6 days later.

The first true leaves of the beans appear, shiny and bright.

The first flowers of the beans appear on 20 December. The very first tiny baby beans are showing themselves 5 days later.

Beans are easy to grow and maintain. They need little attention, given the right amount of water, they produce plentifully.

This is the first handful of green beans harvested from the bushes. They are sweet, succulent and delicious when picked just at the right time. Pick the beans as they reach full length. If you leave them for longer, they will become less tender as the seed starts developing.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Living Seeds Competition

The other day i entered the Living Seeds Harvest Photo Comp .

Here is one of my latest entries:

Here is the information from their newsletter:

Living Seeds Harvest Photo Comp

Summer is here, the first of your harvests should be coming into the home. This year we will be having two photo competitions. An early season and a late season. Have fun and best of luck.

We have two stunning prizes for the winner of this years early season Photo Comp.

1) A Limited Edition First Day Cover of the South African Green Garden Vegetable Stamp series including a recipe booklet for each of the 6 vegetables represented.

2) A R200-00 Livingseeds Gift voucher


1) Original Photo's only by the grower.
2) Any homegrown vegetables / fruit can be represented.
3) Any number of submissions
4) All submissions must take place on the Facebook page.
5) The single picture with the most "FB Likes" wins.
6) Please label the pic's Early Photo Comp
7) Competition ends on the 31st December 2011

Get your pictures in to the competition.
Like the pictures on their Facebook Page Living Seeds Harvest Photo Comp if you are gardenless.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

green finger tips - radish and carrot

Carrot and Radish

Mix the seeds of radish and carrot together. Plant them in shallow drills and cover with soil. Ensure that the soil is moist when you plant so that the seeds don't get washed away.

Why plant Radish and Carrot together?

The carrot seeds are tiny and the radish seed are larger. The radish germinate readily and assist the carrots by protecting the seedlings and opening the ground for the carrots to penetrate more easily.

The radish seedlings germinated two days after planting. The carrots followed about 3 days later. The day the seeds were planted, there was a great rain which helped with the speedy germination.

Thirteen days later the seedlings have developed quite a lot and the first signs of the radish root are appearing.

On day seventeen, the first radishes are ready to be plucked, washed and eaten. There is nothing that beats the sharp taste of a freshy picked young radish.

Freshly picked radish is nutritious and delicious. This trio went into a salad roll...more please!

To ensure that I have a continous supply of radish and carrot, I have planted more carrot and radish seeds.