Friday, July 22, 2011

Go Plants Go!

Weight: 125.6
Body Fat: 20.6% + 3% = 23.6%
Measurements: 34"-26"-34"-20"

O hai there blog readers! Happy Friday!

And that means it's weekly weigh-in day (see above!) and deck garden update time. I'm pleased with my weigh-in this week, since I always struggle a little bit when I get sick. It's just too easy to be more slack when you are feeling like junk. Given that I've had strep three times and two colds since I made goal in 2009 and haven't gained because of it, I think I'm learning to find the balance.

deck garden...tragedy
I'm not happy. My full size tomatoes are infected with something. I don't know what it is, but I'm going to consult a gardening expert to find out.

I suspect that it's some sort of fungal blight, but I just don't know enough about gardening to be sure. Even though there was sad tomato news, there's also happy tomato news!
My cherry tomatoes are finally turning red! Eric is excited to be able to eat them. I think a couple more days of this heat wave along with keeping them watered should make them fully ripe and ready to eat by Monday. And I still do have some full size tomatoes that don't seem to be affected by the blight:
And there's yet more happy news:

I have peppers! I even harvested one yesterday to put on my eggs. It wasn't as flavorful as I expected it to be but I think that's probably because I didn't actually use any fertilizer. I'm going to have to hold a lessons learned session (my work friends are totally laughing at me right now) at the end of the growing season with my Run Sqrl, Run sticky notes.  As I said the past couple weeks, my cilantro's gone to seed and I wasn't sure what I could do about it, but it just dawned on me today after seeing the seed pods:
I googled around to find out how to harvest my cilantro (also known as coriander) seeds and will be doing as such when they're ready. I've seen plenty of recipes that require whole coriander and ground coriander, no waste for these plants.  Last but not least, my little carrots are loving this weather:
At some point this weekend, I'm going to have to thin the mass out because I don't want my carrots to grow together and look all knotted and hideous. While everyone else is bemoaning the heat wave (myself included, my camera lens kept fogging when I was taking this pics!!), the plants are loving it.

What's your favorite fresh seasonal fruit or vegetable? Lemme know in a comment below! :)