I spotted half a dozen white butterflies hanging out on a row of corn… adult cabbage worms!! I’m not sure what they were doing in the dirt together…. though I can imagine they were thinking about babies… I didn’t see any damage from their young caterpillars on the broccoli yet so perhaps the marigolds are actually helping! Just to be safe, I sprayed some spinosad on the broccoli.
Not a whole lot had changed since the last post until this weekend. I planted soybeans around the 20th and they are now growing well. I also transplanted watermelon, sunflowers and tomatoes that week. This weekend I also planted corn and I think that the only thing left is cucumbers. I have been adding lots of grass clippings as mulch so that more organic matter gets added to the soil.
The peas have probably tripled in height over the last two weeks. As you can see, they are starting to flower and soon we will be snacking and crunching sugar snaps.
Before planting the corn seeds I soaked them in water for a few hours to speed up the germination. I also tilled a batch of compost into the soil before creating four raised rows. I added compost and garden soil from Lowe’s to each row.
These are growing well but are starting to show signs of some pest eating away at the leaves. I will have to look into this and treat for the pest.
These were all started indoors and transplanted about two weeks ago.
The onions are growing nicely in the center however the outside rows and not as large. I assume the outside rows accessed less of the fertilizer i has applied between the rows.
Broccoli, Dill and Marigolds
I planted some of these marigolds directly into the garden and others I started indoors and transplanted (those are the ones blooming). The dill is slowly growing but the broccoli has double in size in the last week.
Red pontiac on the left, kennebec on the right. I have been added soil and compost as they grow and I am close to the top of the trenches.
Slow to start, its really starting to shape up now.
It is really fun to look at these overhead shots because each time I take one there is considerably more growth in the garden. I really enjoy standing back and watching things grow! I may need to trim that tree though… it didn’t block my shot last year!
The dill was planted about a week ago and started to emerge the other day. Pretty good germination rate.
Red Pontiac Potatoes
I was really starting to worry that my poorly drained clay soil, combined with all of the April showers, was going to cause these seed potatoes to rot… but just two days ago I saw them starting to grow!
The asparagus roots didn’t start to grow at as high of a rate as I would have liked, but I think that the progress made thus far is pretty good. It’ll take two more years before I can eat it anyway and I am expecting quite a but of spread by then.
Super Sugar Snaps
This week they began to climb the trellis. In other years I have checked on them more often and attempted to move their tendrils closer to the trellis. I am more hands off this year, and even though the trellis is quite wavy and many of the peas were sown a nit further from the trellis than I would have preferred, they found the trellis just fine.
A few days ago I took these photos. Usually I post pictures of the hole patch of one “crop” but this time I wanted some close ups.
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.
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.
These are coming along nicely. Lots of growth. I added fertilizer, compost, and more garden soil.
This weekend several of the new seeds planted last week began to germinate.
Very high rate of germination! Looks like I planted too closely…
These are my usual super sugar snaps.
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.
I 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.
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.
I am only doing two rows of peas this year. Last year I did four and it was a bit crowded.
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.
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.