Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Garden in June


It's June now, and the garden is filling out nicely. It looks full, but there's not much (except salad) that's ready to eat now.

The stock tanks are amazing. Far easier to work with.

There are three avocado trees; no fruit on these yet. The olive and lemons are looking very promising!


The trellis for the peas is getting quite bushy. I'm eager for them to ripen. Kind of a neat entry into the garden.










Herb garden, part one.

That's our picnic table back in there, right behind the basil bed.

Sage on the far end, next to the blueberry bush. That blueberry is doing remarkably poorly this year. Every time it rains, the busted gutter drains a lot of the water on top of the berry; that may be a problem. That's on the honeydo list this year.








This is the second part of the herb garden. The plants in the ground are herbs.

Hanging, we have some herbs, some nasturtiums (spicy!), some tomatoes (not ripe yet), and some cucumbers.


















This is the new patio behind the garage. Making use of the small space.

I was concerned that the pomegranate tree had died. It's coming back. We put the wood on the chain link gate to keep the wind from whipping through there. I think that helped it freeze last winter.

Kiwis growing on the fence, sunflowers up against it. Tomatoes in the hanging pots, more herbs in the pots on the shelf on the fence. 

I've been experimenting with trying to add flowers around the edges. We'll see how that goes. I'll certainly need to water much of that, but it should be worth it.


Inside the greenhouse, things are calmer than earlier in the spring. All the 'maters and squashes are out. The pepper bed is doing well; I have a couple of cucumbers growing around the peppers in there, and a couple of tomatoes in the back.

I'll probably keep starting things far too long into the year. It's just so interesting! Currently, I have four mystery seeds going, and some giant asparagus things from a seed pod I found in a public garden.




Saturday, May 5, 2018

Early May Planting

Early May rolls around, and it's time to put things into the garden. Well, theoretically, Mother's day is that official "no more frost" date, but the forecast is for excellent weather. 

It all goes out this weekend.

This  is the tomato bed. It's tough to see in a photo, but there's a trellis of fencing wire in the middle.
Legend

Behind the trellis are the San Marzano, cooking tomatoes.

In front, in two rows (yeah, probably too densely packed!) are slicing tomatoes: mostly a determinate heirloom variety called Legend (I haven't grown many determinate tomatoes) and three plants of an indeterminate heirloom variety called Brandywine.
Brandywine

Brandywine's can get pretty big. A couple years back, I had a nearly two-pound Brandywine tomato! Brandywine is also the taste test winner. Yummy!

I'm experimenting with planting cucumbers to vine around the base of the tomatoes. We'll see how that works out.

I'm going to have to learn more about pruning determinate tomatoes. 


Then there is the squash bed.

This one's 8' in diameter. Since the middle is tough to reach, we stuck a rosemary plant there, so we don't have to weed that spot.

I've got German / Hokkaido pumpkins, Honey-Nut, Carnival squash, Hubbard squash (all winter squash), and two zucchini and a pattypan (summer squash).

They're not the same, but I had to put the cantaloupes somewhere. So there are two of those here, and two more in a hanging basket. And a couple of peppers as an experiment, to stand above the squashes.

This is the front salad bed, with the raspberries out front. Peas in the back (on a trellis), spinach, beets, romaine lettuce, kale, parsley & cilantro.

Home grown lettuce is pretty darned good!


There will be some sunflowers here and there to liven things up, mostly on the north end of beds, but there are some volunteers here and there. (Hmm. I keep meaning to plant beans to climb the sunflowers. Haven't remembered that yet.)




Sunday, April 8, 2018

Indoor Raised Bed



This will hold starts on top of it for right now, and in a week or three, will be filled with tomatoes and peppers (mostly peppers).










































































Tomato Bed Arrives

10' x 3' x 2'.































Saturday, March 24, 2018

March Greenhouse Status

Just journaling about the progress of stuff in the greenhouse.


Hanging pot full of alyssum.

No idea how this will turn out, but they've germinated.

They're reported to like acid soil, so I've given them some lime (in water). Might have over-done it.
One of the warm beds.

The front is impatiens flowers. The white did great. the colors are mostly a fail.

Got little bits going on: some lemon cuke, some squashes, a little bit of basil.

Observation: Most things that I started early did not benefit from the early start. Tomatoes are the exception. And Impatiens.

Lots more has not yet germinated.
In the center, sunflowers. Looking to have enough for cut flowers.

In the back: not a clue. I think it may give me a flower later. I forgot to label it.

Other, fresher, sunflower seeds have yet to germinate.
This is amazing. This is a licorice mint. It smells as much like licorice as it does mint.

I plan to harvest leaves and try to make tea.

I also plan to start several more of these.
The other hot bed.

Lots of tomatoes in front. These are mostly slicers (Legend)

In the back, some starts: licorice mint, rosemary, etc.

Oh, and the Frankenflower seeds are soaking there, on a warming mat.
This is the part under the plastic.

The tray on the right: one row of petunia seeds, one of rosemary seeds.

The tray on the left: lavender seeds, lemon pepper seeds (the really important one!), chinese lantern seeds, and some more impatiens (colors). 

You can probably tell, I'm tired of paying lots of money for annuals; going to try to get a bunch from seed here.

Embarrassing. I don't remember what these starts are. I think Swiss chard is among them.

It is completely ridiculous to have such good tomato starts this early in the year. They are almost ready to go into the garden, but 8 weeks early. That's what you get when you start the seeds in January. It's going to be interesting to see if this is good or bad in the long run.

First hanging pot full of tomatoes. Most of them are chocolate cherries. One is a mystery. We'll see what that turns into.

Going to have a pot full of nasturtiums, too. For grazing.
More tomato starts.

Yellow zucchini, more sunflowers (red ones), and some cantaloupes.

Some pepper starts, several varieties. Many of them are bell peppers, but there's a cayenne pepper there, and two yellow reapers.

Some globe amaranth was included with a seed order. Gonna try that. And some tubs ready to plant later.

One of my favorites: schizanthus (the poor man's orchid) in a hanging pot. I love these beautiful flowers.

Onions sprouting.
The super hot peppers didn't do terrifically. So I replanted them. The back is San Marzano peppers, the front is Fresno peppers.

 A variety of seedlings. Dill (on the left) is the most successful. One pattypan squash. No sign of the Anaheim peppers or the bench peppers. Last year, the bench peppers were habaneros.

Some of the more successful starts.

Some Legend (slicing) tomatoes. And some sugar peas. I'm planting some of those outside every day.

Romaine lettuce and swiss chard are doing well.

Spinach and coriander are not.

Salad. A variety of lettuces. These won't be transplanted. These will be harvested from this container. Micro-greens.

On the left: feldsalat vs corn salad.

On the right, flowers: marigolds, blackeyed susans, cardinal climbers.




We discovered some purple potatoes sprouting in a cupboard (from last year's harvest). So I planted them. Potato sack is indoors for now. It'll go out shortly.


And they're sprouting!

This is one of the more exciting photos on this page: buds on the lemon tree.

Two young avocado trees.

Hold it. This is one of the more exciting things on this page.

This is a lemon drop pepper plant that's survived through the winter, and is budding again.

I wonder if it will give me more fruit this year. That would be really cool.

Lemon drop peppers are my favorite spicy pepper to grow: hard to find anywhere, and incredibly delicious! My daughter discovered them.





This is the 4-year-old (or so) avocado tree. Strong and healthy.Turns out it needs lots of water over winter. It's putting on a lot of new growth.






And the olive tree is fruitful, too. Thirty or forty. I haven't picked them. What would I do with them?











Friday, March 23, 2018

March Status of the Garden



Peas out.

Beginning to bring out some starts from the greenhouse, but lots more seed planted here.

Also have radish and carrots in front of the peas




Brought out some lettuce starts. Under the cold frame. 
Carrots and swiss chard. This will be under a cold frame.










Lettuce from seed a couple of weeks ago. Under a cold frame.












This is exciting! Feldsalat, from German seeds. Also under a cold frame. We'll see how this does.









Our first asparagus sprout in their new  home! Woot! I didn't kill them all!