Broccoli

I have finished spreading grass clippings over all of the exposed dirt in the garden. It serves as mulch right now, keeping the weeds down. Over time it will break down and improve the soil.

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Broccoli

I broke down and bought seedlings at Lowe’s. After three failed attempts at starting from seed I gave in. It’s late and I am really unhappy with the poor performance of my seed starting setup this year. Too many variables have changed to place the blame – lighting, soil, tray.

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Kennebec Potatoes

These are coming along nicely. Lots of growth. I added fertilizer, compost, and more garden soil.

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Great Weekend for Germination

This weekend several of the new seeds planted last week began to germinate.

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Marigolds

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Asparagus

Kale

Very high rate of germination! Looks like I planted too closely…

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Spinach

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Peas

These are my usual super sugar snaps.

 

Potatoes

These were planted earlier than last week however the kennebec potatoes leftover from last year’s harvest have begun to sprout green leaves. These had very large sprouts coming out of their eyes when I planted them so it was expected that I would see them before the red Pontiac potatoes I ordered from burpee.

This Week’s Additions

IMG_1838I found time to plant a few more things in the garden this week. I also spread some 10-10-10 fertilizer around before tilling some more. When a tilled a few weeks ago it was too wet and I had some bars clumps to break up before I could continue.

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Lettuce and Spinach

We tried doing these in a container on the deck last year and it didn’t work out… crossing my fingers for better luck in the garden this year.

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Peas

I am only doing two rows of peas this year. Last year I did four and it was a bit crowded.

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Kale

I planted some kale in the garden too this year. We had some old seeds leftover from a year or two ago. The only thing we did with it then was baked kale chips. Not sure if I have any plan for how to use it this year.

Marigolds

I have also decided to plant some flowers in the garden. I am hoping they do three things: repel pests, attract pollinators, and add color. In addition to marigolds I plan to plant some sunflowers near the sweet corn.

Potatoes, Asparagus, and Snow

This week I found some time to dig trenches for potatoes and excavate a pit for the asparagus. Temperatures were over 70 again but today’s high will be stuck in the 30s.

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Potatoes

This year I decided to plant two kinds of potatoes: red Pontiac and kennebec. The former was ordered from burpee and the latter were leftover from last year’s harvest. They didn’t grow very big and were oddly shape ┬áso we didn’t eat them very enthusiastically.

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Asparagus

This year I decided to sacrifice a permanent 4’x4′ square in the center of the garden for jersey knight asparagus. Just like with the potatoes I covered them with compost and will build more soil up on top of them as they grow.

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Onions

The onions took well and are starting to grow.

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Garlic

The garlic is growing really well! I am really excited about having garlic this summer!

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