Thursday, September 5, 2013

Why August were you really September in disguise?!

Why would you look at the time, its September and well I’ll be darned if I’m calling it summer anymore! First off I’d like to apologize for not posting a LITFM last week with no explanation. The pre-fall budget schedule was insane and this all our time was eaten up by that. Also I missed the Farmer’s market event simply due to fatigue; literally I slept through two separate alarm clock features. Of course in one way it’s better off, especially when you see the full fall plant list, as the final transition week would not have had much at the table. I might add there is some good news, LITFM has a camera and there will be color pictures of the gardens and cool stuff this episode. So enough with the endless wall of text, onward to becoming lost at the farmer’s Market!

Imagine that, the subject of the 'black magic' fertilizer trial my sole surviving Afghan fig looks this way now. Imagine it when it's pictured in a month. During the trial so far it has put on 0.34" of growth a day over a thirty day period in which it was measured once a week.

Jersey tomatoes eat your heart out! This is Paul Robeson and it turned out to be a real productive variety producing large tomatoes as you can see. The taste trial when they ripen will determine the rest!

Other more ripe fruits on the Pail Robeson plant are protected by a ziplock with holes cut int he bottom to protect the fruit from birds.

Aloe dorotheae, Sunset Aloe, this is a top down of the plant being sold this week at the market. More to come if there is interest. For note this plant is critically threatened in it's home range due to over collecting as it seems to be medicinal. I don't know if it's used as aloe vera but it's endangered status seems to indicate it does something. All plants sold by me come from a single mother plant that was NOT collected illegally.

>Edit: It seems in it's native habitat sunset aloe is used topically as one would use aloe vera. This has led to it's declining population most likely. It's slow rate of growth and limited preference for habitat makes its future a tad bleak where it comes from.

Adenium obesum, the desert rose! I've covered this plant before but now I have little ones for sale in 6" pots! These are much younger then the specimen I've shown on this site but heck it's a cool plant. The variety is Evelyn Marie. look at the link below to see a very mature plant of this variety.

What the hell?! that tomato mooning me?  Why no this is a pair of young fruit on a reisotomate tomato like the ones I sold earlier. These two are fruits #2 and 3 so far but the plant has turned out to be pretty drought tough! I'd love to hear how your plants have turned out if you got one of these weirdo-plants.

Check it out, a ripening Passion fruit! That's right my so-called annual passion vine is perennial and is mature enough to produce fruit.  If it produces seeds you can bet I'll have them for trade at the next seed swap and plants for sale next year.

The berm project as it stands from the lower most side (right) of the expanded crescent area.

The berm project from the upper most angle (left side).

The berm project as seen from the front. As you can tell it needs to be finished and work proceeds either this or next week. In October Ill have a property tour so you all can see it completed.

Moringa oleiferaalso known as the Drumstick tree due to the shape of it's seed pods. It is in the same order as the Cabbage, Caper, Papaya and Nasturtium families. It is the source of Ben Oil for which the plant devices another common name; the Ben Oil tree. What makes iut important is that numerous parts of the tree are confirmed as edible. The leaves are often added to soup.  The roots have a flavor effect similar to horse radish, where as Ben oil comes from it's seeds. This plant is one of two I go from The suburban Hermit of Fayetteville, but you can hit up his blog at the link below! But the two are likely to be installed in the berm to see what they do. If the tree screens as well as I hear it does it'll be one heck of an addition!

Now that's what I'm talking about!after reaching 3 feet this castor bean bloomed produced seed pods then branched and is headed towards an even greater height! How did everyone else's turn out?

Summer sure came and went but we’re seeing this farmer’s market business to the end of the year. You can find the BL2/LITFM table teamed up with the Sustainable Neighbors every Saturday, between 9am and 1pm at the Fayetteville City/Farmer’s market. The market is located at 325 Franklin Street which is the street address of the Fayetteville Transportation museum. The market is located in the Museum’s parking lot and the area is surrounded by free or reduced cost parking. But enough of this you want to see the plant list so here it is!

The Stuff that’s on sale:
5x Pepper, Habenero (Spicy)
2x Herb, Horehound
1x Herb, Oregano
1x Herb, Parsley

House Plants:
3x Medicinal Aloe
3x Dancing Bones Cactus
4x Silver Ridge Aloe
1x Sunset Aloe
2x Desert Rose
1x Rotary Peperomia

Cool Season Crops:
8x Cabbage-Collards, Georgia Green

Coming Next Week:
6x Asian Cabbage, Senposai

Coming Soon:
20x Collards, Morris Heading Type
15x Asian Cabbage, Napa Type
12x Lettuce, Salad Bowl
20x Kale, Lacinato/Black Cabbage/ Dinosaur
10x Mustard, India
??x Mustard, Japanese Red Giant (Spicier then normal R.G.)
??x Mustard, Red Giant
??x Coneflower, Magnus
-Expect a few surprises folks!-

With that said this brings to a close the first Episode of LITFM in the first month of fall…so to speak,  feel free to send in any questions or requests through the blog at your leisure and as always folks keep ‘em growing!

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