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Pearls' Garden Adventure v.2 June 13, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — motherofpearls @ 5:50 pm

Wow, it’s been way too long since I’ve posted here!  New little baby guy is already 6 weeks old, time is just flying by. Not sure of the focus or direction I want to take with this blog, more personal/family or more for Watkins business related items. Stay tuned for that!

Meanwhile, garden season is upon us in full swing. We’ve gotten a bit behind in planting, in part due to the weather and some due to the fact  we’re still in new baby “survival mode”.  We’re hoping to get the rest of the seeds planted tomorrow. Even with that, we’re at Mid-August until there will be veggies to harvest. I so wish we lived in a warmer zone that allowed for earlier planting.

Based on how last year’s garden did, we made some big changes to our planting choices. We also switched up with what would be more fun for the Pearls to harvest.  Not as interesting  without pictures, but we are trying the following: Burpee Sweet Treat Carrots, Burpee Green Pearls Edaname, Burpee Sweeter Yet Cucumber, Burpee Blue Lake Pole Beans, Burpee Bush Sugar Baby Watermelon, & a variety of tomatoes. We found an interesting variety called “Health Kick” which is said to have twice the amount of Lycopene.


Yes, ‘Health Kick’ is the real, registered name of this fantastic tomato that gourmet chefs are choosing for any recipe that requires a tomato. The news media also has been full of praise for the antioxidant element known as lycopene—a pigment that gives tomatoes its bright red color. Lycopene promotes healthy cell growth and fights cancer causing agents in thebloodstream. Tomatoes are the bestsources of lycopene, and the already high lycopene content in ‘Health Kick’ actually increases when cooked—as a tomato paste applied to popular dishes such as pasta and pizza. Even as tomato soup, tomato juice and ketchup, lycopene can become four times more potent in its health content! ‘Health Kick’ is also high in vitamins C, potassium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin A and vitamin B.

We also have some Oregano that came back, Dill & a large pesto type Sweet Basil.  We’re able to do the Cukes & Beans this year because Father of Pearls was charged with building a cedar a-frame trellis to support them. Ahem, Father of Pearls, are you still reading? Oh you must be working on that trellis then.  Ahem, perhaps I got a bit carried away with the garden ambitions in light of how busy our lives are right now. Sorry. We love you Father of Pearls! Maybe it’ll be a gardening blog, I never tire of that topic!

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