I chased another rabbit out today… I really need to fix my fence! I am thinking about swapping those old poles out with 2″x2″x8′ treated lumber, and using poultry staples leftover from the compost bin to secure the fence to it. Then again, since the rabbits jump through the top of the “rabbit guard” fence, maybe I should use hardware cloth like I have one the compost bin instead. Anyway, I think I’ll start using a wider mesh for the deer portion of the fence so that flying insects stop getting hung up by it (dragon flies, wasps, bees).
Broccoli, Hairy Vetch, Oregano
I used up some old seeds by filling in the area where the garlic had been. I just tilled it up and planted the new seeds with a little fresh garden soil from the store. On the left is oregano, in the middle is hairy vetch as a cover crop, and on the right is spinach and broccoli nearest the fence.
It was a nice so I pulled them. It’ll rain tonight but we should then have drier weather.
Dill, Broccoli and Marigolds
The dill isn’t as tall or large as last year. Perhaps it’s a different kind this year. It’s been flowering so hopefully those heads will turn to seed in the next week for pickling some cucumbers. In the background you can see the tall sunflowers next to the corn.
His was taken almost a week ago and many more have toppled over and turned yellow. After the thunderstorms pass and the ground has had a chande to dry out a few days I will harvest these as well. Just in time for pickling season.
These have been flowering over the last week. There are a few cucumbers about three inches long now so I will be doing some pickling this coming week! Having my own garlic, onion and dill to use will be very satisfying.
These have recovered very well from the rabbit attack last month. I still have not tightened up the fence and actually chased one out of the garden a few days ago.
These are growing really tall – I believe the largest to stand eight feet tall. I have seen a few bees on them so I think they are serving their purpose well.
The very first tassel has been spotted! I plan to try adding fertilizer this week. I haven’t done so in the past but it ought to provide a better harvest. Who knows, maybe it’ll get me a second ear this time.
74 bulbs of garlic have been harvested. I pulled them out a few days ago and let the dirt out in the sun so that I could break it off of the roots more easily.
Almost everything is in now. I believe I am just missing zucchini and carrots but the latter may never get planted this year as it is a lot of work to mound up some soft soil for them to grow in.
This is our first picking of the season. More than enough to gift some to the neighbors and in laws for weekend snacks.
Broccoli, Dill and Marigolds
I do believe that the marigolds and doll are helping to keep the cabbage worms away. The broccoli started to take off this past week. A few plants have a small head of florets beginning to develop.
Kennebec on the left, red Pontiac on the right.
These onions sure grew big over the last few weeks. Even the outter rows have taken off.
I imagine that I am only a few weeks away from seeing these garlic plants start to wither and dry out.
These are not bush watermelon so the vines are going to grow quite long. It will be a challenge to keep them contained.
The cucumbers will hopefully survive this year. Last year they ideas from either a disease or pests. I tried using a trellis last year but it didn’t pan out well because these are a short vined bush variety. Let’s hope for better luck this year so that I can make a ton of refrigerator dill pickles.
Corn and Sunflowers
The corn is starting to grow nicely. The first sunflowers I transplanted are really taking off too.
The cherry tomatoes are growing much better than the better boy tomatoes. They are the two larger ones in front.
I watched a rabbit find its way into the garden a few days ago. He jumped up and through the top rows of large squares in the rabbit guard fence, in an area where the deer fence was loose on the rabbit guard fence. I will have to tighten up the fence. The next day though I saw that it’s too late! The rabbit has attacked the soybeans!
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.
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.
I re-planted seeds for the tomatoes and broccoli because I had very poor germination. The weather outside has dropped back down to normal winter temperatures. What’s unfortunate is that the trees, rose bushes, and garlic all started growing and producing buds… then the 70 degree weather suddenly turned to 8 degrees at night!
Nothing to see here… I replanted these but the still didn’t germinate! Not sure whats going on with these seeds…
These are the same type as last year – copra. They really did live up to our expectations because we still have half a dozen in the basement that are still in great condition. These really do keep a very long time. And yes, they are quite potent when you slice them open! It’ll probably be two weeks before I can plant these in the garden.
Only a few of the tomato seeds I planted began to grow. Once I planted additional seeds I was able to get the desired numbers.