Tag Archives: Marigolds

Garlic

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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.

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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.

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Cucumbers

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.

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Soybeans

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.

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Sunflowers

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.

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Sweet Corn

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.

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Garlic

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.

Getting Bigger

Soybeans

These seem to be recovering from the rabbit attack they suffered two weeks ago.  I still have not fixed the fence.

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Sunflowers

These plants are about waist height already.

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Corn

It’s gonna be knee high by the Fourth of July!

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Cucumbers

I really can’t much about these right now. Growing well for now.

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Watermelon

These are starting to flower already. I didn’t expect that so soon.

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Zucchini

Starting to poke up through the dirt!

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Marigolds

I caught a bumblebee in action on these marigolds today. The flowers look so nice that I decided I’d make a post just to share them.

Broccoli

Next to the bumblebee I also saw a wasp looking for a snack. It was definitely searching for little green caterpillars. Neither it nor I found any. Thank you marigolds?

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Kale

Beautiful, leafy kale.

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Onions

These copra onions are getting huge! Large bulbs too now!

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Sugar Snaps!

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.

Sugar Snaps

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.

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Potatoes

Kennebec on the left, red Pontiac on the right.

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Onions

These onions sure grew big over the last few weeks. Even the outter rows have taken off.

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Garlic

I imagine that I am only a few weeks away from seeing these garlic plants start to wither and dry out.

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Watermelon

These are not bush watermelon so the vines are going to grow quite long. It will be a challenge to keep them contained.

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Cucumbers

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.

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Corn and Sunflowers

The corn is starting to grow nicely. The first sunflowers I transplanted are really taking off too.

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Tomatoes

The cherry tomatoes are growing much better than the better boy tomatoes. They are the two larger ones in front.

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Soybeans

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!

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White Butterflies

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.

 

Progress

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!

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Dill

The dill was planted about a week ago and started to emerge the other day. Pretty good germination rate.

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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!

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Asparagus

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.

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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.

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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.