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!
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.
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.
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 so we didn’t eat them very enthusiastically.
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.
The onions took well and are starting to grow.
The garlic is growing really well! I am really excited about having garlic this summer!
On Friday night I managed to till under the leaves I used as mulch over the winter. But, I wouldn’t exactly call the ground workable, as it was still fairly muddy and in spots, quite slippery.
I received these onions about two weeks from burpee, with instructions to plant them as soon as the ground becomes workable. Well, they shipper a bit early, I think. I feel like the muddy soil wasn’t very good and that I should have waited to plant them, but it’s going to be a busy month so I just put them in and am hoping for the best.
I had these covered for a while when it was in the single digits earlier this month but they are bouncing back pretty well.
After about a week some tomatoes have begun to emerge. I added a few rows of some flowers a few days ago too. Those germinated quite quickly in comparison with the tomatoes. Also, it may have been too wet when I began the tomatoes. I am using a new seed starting kit this year as well as new seed starting soil.
I switched from a burpee seed starting tray because mine had picked up some holes in the corners of the water tray. I used it four years though, and the damage was likely caused by myself. I probably crushed it in storage over the summer. The burpee tray was a self watering one, with a special mat that absorbed water from the water tray and delivered it to the bottom of the actual seed tray so that the soil could absorb it. The new tray set is made by Jiffy and is just a water tray with the seed trays being made from peat. They sit directly in the bottom tray. I had filled the tray with water and the peat trays were floating at first but then after a day became water logged. The soil at that point was soaked instead of damp.
The soil I used was made by jiffy and was an organic seed starting mix. It has lots of green moss growing from it. Previously, for the last four years, I had used a coconut fiber seed starting mix from burpee. It comes as a brick and expands once water is added. The jiffy mix saved some time so I thought, “why not?”. We will see how things turn out…
The seeds for these flowers were just added a few days ago.
The picture on the left is cherry tomatoes, from ferry Morse, and the picture on the right is burpee better boys. I am blaming the poor germination on the soil being too wet… I only need a few plants to make it into the garden, less than last year, so I’m probably cutting it close.
The weather has been warm still so we have more growth here.
And finally you might be wondering, “where’s the broccoli?”. Well, I don’t know! It takes longer to germinate than the tomatoes, if I recall correctly, so I’m not worried quite yet.