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.
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.
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!
Over the last two weeks I pulled up the remaining broccoli squash, potatoes, tomatoes and just yesterday, the carrots. I tilled in a batch of compost as well as fresh grass clippings today. It’s only one half of the garden that I did this. The other half I will till once the fall planting of peas is finished. I will soon be planting garlic into the area which I previously had the tomatoes in this year. That area of the garden will have the onions, carrots and broccoli next year. The container potatoes only amounted to one five gallon bucket full. They were oddly shaped and not very big. While the yield was higher than last year’s attempt with Yukon gold, the kennebec seem like a loss. It could be that I did not water as frequently as I should have, or it could just be that everything grows better in the ground compared to in a container. We really saw a good comparison of that with our cherry tomatoes this year.
We have had frost four times now, with the weather station reporting 29 degrees this last time. The pea vines are still healthy although the pods were slightly damaged that last time. We still have plenty of flowers so I believe more peas are on their way. The 10 day forecast does not predict any frost.
The carrots weighed in at 26 lbs. I didn’t have a free bucket when I picked them, so I used a heavy garbage bag to bring them into the house. I blanched and froze about a third of them today and ended up with 10 16 oz bags in the freezer. They are quite a bit of work to freeze if you like to peel them first.