The chamber is looking good. Disease is still taking the cucumbers but there's a new crop of seedlings so we'll see how they'll go. The one Arbason tomato plant that started back in March has come into its own and is producing nice toms... not full size beefsteaks by any means, but not cherries either, and there are more good ones than ones lost to blossom end rot. So I call that a success under the current regime. New Gold Nugget cherry toms are growing well, hopefully we'll get some good fruits from them before we leave. Can only hope that we get some more Chiquita cherry tomato seeds for next season-- they were the BOMB last winter. Sweet, thick red flesh... y.u.m.
Other fun things, Paramo and Britney bell peppers-- fantastic. But they're DeRuiter seeds, which has just been bought by Monsanto... so I'm not too psyched about getting more. Sadly though b/c they're doing great in the chamber. Stronger plants and thicker walled fruits than the Islander variety that had been the most successful kind previously. Always pays to do a little 'experiementing'.
|"Plate of Noms" by Cynthia Chiang. This is from the last Farmer's Market event: mango pepper salsa, quinoa tabbouleh with fresh parsley, bell peppers, and scallions, and fresh melon. Yes, I said melon. Keep reading.|
|This is more fresh melon. Plus prosciutto. Nothing but the best here at South Pole. I think it was left over from the centennial schenanigans when the prime minister of Norway visited last summer.|
|I love these guys. Easter egg radishes. Different colors all in one packet. This is how we grow them-- in individual rockwool cubes in the trays and with enough light they do just fine.|
|And this is them harvested. Now all I need to do is carve little faces into them and we'd have a real sweet shot :)|
|Sweet wee seedlings. I love these shots.|
|Healthy home-made micro mix of greens: pac choi, mizuna, and kale. Turned out nice.|
|I think this might be my favorite picture of the season so far. Colors colors colors. Healthy greenery. Happiness. And, the dang white balance of the camera is spot on for once!|
|Our bumper crop of Arbason tomatoes. Yay!|
|Middle system. Cucumber seedlings. C'mon sweeties!|
|Happy pepper harvest.|