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Keeping Cayenne Coming

cayenne pepper Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook
Staked "Korean Lettuce" Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

We know a few of you are like us: you like it hot. So, when it was discovered that we had cayenne pepper in the garden, it was welcomed. We have our first fruits from our cayenne plant. We recently had to stake our “Korean Lettuce” plant, as described by one of the staff at the international market where we picked the seeds up from, because it was growing more vertical and in the way of the cayenne plant. The cayenne plant has put out a lot of leaves probably to grow from under the canopy of the “Korean Lettuce”, so we finally staked her today to get her to grow more upright and to stop her canopy from growing over the cayenne plant. We hope to get more peppers from the cayenne plant now that we have done this.

Our “Korean Lettuce” is also sporting some beautiful flowers. This is typically a sign that a plant is either about to bear fruit or die. We were not sure what to make of our “Korean Lettuce” because the directions were all in Korean and we had so little information to go on. So, we planted her anyway and have kept a close eye on her. Since it is suppose to be a lettuce like plant we are really not expecting any vegetables from her. So, we clipped a few leaves as if to harvest. But, once they have flowered then they seed and die because the plant has not been harvested and it feels its cycle is ended. So, we shall see what happens to this plant. Stay tuned for updates. Have you begun your own garden like several others? What do you think of the Wilson Victory Garden and the gardens that several people have started in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic? Does a garden seem more useful than ever? Michelle Obama had a garden before there was a pandemic. Some people are just ahead of their time!


Cayenne Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook
Cayenne Plant Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook

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Staking Tomato Plants

Green Roma Tomato

This weekend a neighbor and gardening cohort came over to see about the garden. His presence is always welcome and especially so this weekend. While here he gave us some tips on staking plants. We recently visited our local nursery / local small business to obtain some information and materials to stake our tomato plants, one of which has grown taller than me. This is not all that hard to do. But for a tomato plant that came to us as a little plant-ling that stood just above our ankles it is impressive to see.

Pictured above is the traditional pole like stake along with the round cage (red) used for staking plants. Some plants like tomatoes and beans can be climbers but their vines alone can not support the fruit they bare, so staking helps give the plant the extra support it need to grow and bare fruit. Our tomato and bean plants will climb up these stakes and cages as they grow tall and hopefully produce a bountiful harvest.

As you can see from the beautiful, yet very rounded, Roma tomato some of the tomato plants already have tomatoes on them. This one fell off while we were staking the plants. So, we said oh well. We guess we will have to eat that one. As you can see it is on the window seal for ripening. As always we want to give a huge thank you to all of our supporters and enthusiasts. We love it when you come visit! Have you been to visit our community garden? If not, when do you plan to visit? Will you bring a friend along with you? We hope so. Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Stake Holder

Several people we know like tomatoes. If there is one plant we have several varieties of, its tomatoes. We have Roma, San Marzano, Early Girl & Delicious tomato varieties. The weather has been unusually cold. Once the plants get past one thing, here comes another. Although we are well into May, we expect some low temperatures tonight and early morning. And the day has been pretty chilly although sunny. A few of our tomato plants came to us as plantlings already and not seeds. When we put them in the ground, we immediately put a stake in the ground too. Because tomatoes grow into pretty large plants and bare weighty fruit, they need to be staked to help the stalk of the plant from giving into the weight of the fruit it bares and its sheer size.

As you can see pictured above, we took some gardening twine and tied thus tomato plant to the stake so that the plant is standing straight up and no longer bending away from the stake. We found the gardening twine at the local dollar store in the gardening section for $1. There are several yards in the twine package. It is more than enough for staking a few plants and can be used for other tasks in the garden. As the tomato plant continues to grow we will continue to tie its stalk to the stake replacing it with a taller stake if necessary depending on the ultimate height of the plant. This tomato plant came to us as a plantling and is growing up nice and tall.

My gardening cohort helped me stake this tomato plant. he gets creative and resourceful finding sustainable sources of wood such as old wood pieces; cut tree limbs and old two by fours cut into stakes. What are some ways you could make your in or outdoor garden sustainable? Did you know you can stake herbs too? We used a Popsicle stick and sewing thread to stake our Dill plant. Curious which plants need to be staked and which ones do not? Ask. Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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