I am thinking about replacing my poles with 2″x2″x8′ pressure treated lumber. They may need some green paint to blend in as well as the poles do!
Burpee picklebush. I am only going to can pint size jars this year since we don’t go through pickles that quickly. I started these out in salt water brine for a day before adding picking spices and vinegar brine. I pulled out a fresh onion and bulb of garlic as well as two jars of last year’s dried dill as I debated which recipe to follow.
I hope these bees help the cucumbers prosper! So many flowers on these vines and I am optimistic for a good harvest!
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!
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.
To prepare the last half of the garden for winter I turned some grass clippings and leaves into the soil using a tiller. I then spread more leaves and clippings on top as a mulch to prevent the garden from being a mud pit. Note that these photos were taken after tilling but before mulching.
Some of the garlic cloves have started popping up, looking as I had expected with just one straight shoot from the clove, and I used leaves to mulch over them because it’s been getting down in the low 20s each night.
I harvested the dill that started growing from seeds that fell earlier in the year. After putting it through the dehydrater it amounted to around a few tablespoons of dill weed.
We’ve had lots of frost but some things are still growing.
I’m surprised the dill is still growing this late in the year. These plants grew from seeds that fell and germinated on their own.
I believe that one of the cloves of garlic has sprouted, but I’m surprised it’s so leafy.
This is growing nicely but we haven’t eaten any of it.
These are still growing but the frost has damaged the pods. Inside the pods however the peas inside of them are really yummy!