Garden snapshot, May 2014

The garden snapshot is back! I’ve been trying to post these photos for about a month, so I hope you’ve got a while to read this…

A late spring freeze got all my fruit this year. I covered all the trees, but it wasn’t enough. Of course, immediately afterward I read a tip about stringing Christmas lights on small trees to provide extra warmth. I have to try that next time! I took these photos before the fruit fell off. T_T

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I got a ton of stuff done in the garden after it warmed up a bit. Here’s what it looked like earlier this month.

20140421-174410.jpg At this point I had planted cucumbers, zucchini, corn, peas, lentils, onions, leeks, thyme, dill, cilantro, lettuce, kale, arugula, spinach, bok choy, squash, pumpkins, watermelon, and cantaloupe.

Here were all the little bok choy plants. They have since bolted prematurely, so I won’t be getting any bok Choy this year.

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Here is the garlic then.
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And now. It’s looking great this year, although I didn’t plant nearly as much of it.

20140524-104037-38437169.jpg Here are the strawberries a few weeks ago, which I just started picking last week.

20140524-104204-38524458.jpg This zucchini plant had just come up.

20140524-105045-39045662.jpg And here they are now. They seem to be off to a slow start this year.

20140524-104450-38690702.jpg Check out the corn in perfect little squares!

20140524-105733-39453865.jpg This year I’m using a garden stamp to plant my seeds. It’s such a simple yet brilliant tool for square foot gardening! And the best part is that I don’t have to bring a measuring tape to the garden any more. When we installed the edging I placed the stakes every two feet and stapled the plastic pathways every foot. Between that and the garden stamp my plants are perfectly spaced, which makes me so happy. And the perfect corn is a little taller now.

20140524-110208-39728540.jpg These peas had just sprouted.

20140524-110330-39810486.jpg Last week I made a pea trellis. We already had the bamboo poles, so I just attached some pea netting. I really like the way it turned out.

20140524-110451-39891877.jpg Right behind the peas are the lentils I decided to try. Neither of the seed companies I ordered from carried lentils, so I just got some from the bulk section at Earth Fare. Nearly all of the French lentils germinated, but only a few of the pink ones did. I’m very interested to see if they produce well. They’re pretty little plants.

20140524-111034-40234758.jpg Right beside those are the parsnips.

20140524-111140-40300186.jpg And green onions.

20140524-111312-40392216.jpg I decided to try a new trellis system for the tomatoes this year. Most of the varieties I grow are indeterminate, and the regular tomato cages weren’t cutting it (although I think they’ll be perfect for the peppers and eggplant). We had great success with using cattle panel as a giant trellis archway last year, so we bought a few more panels and cut them to size for the tomatoes. I think they’ll work great.

20140524-112055-40855846.jpg I just finished planting the peppers and eggplant last week. I’m trying Anaheim peppers this year (poblanos were too spicy!) and several kinds of eggplant, which look better than ever.

20140524-112242-40962950.jpg This is cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli right after I transplanted them.

20140524-112929-41369714.jpg And yesterday, from a different angle.

20140524-113053-41453238.jpg The mesclun greens are finally big enough to be picked. I’ve been waiting forever for salad!

20140524-113254-41574916.jpg These are the beans from earlier. I’m trying more drying kinds this year. I’ve had great luck with growing beans, but a surplus of green beans which Matt isn’t that fond of.

20140524-113522-41722891.jpg They grow fast! Fava beans, chickpeas, and edamame are there too.

20140524-113614-41774668.jpg The squash and pumpkins are just getting started. This bed really needs mulching before the weeds take over…

20140524-113711-41831750.jpg Last but not least, here are the potatoes.

20140524-113750-41870028.jpg This photo was taken just two weeks later. I can’t believe how fast they’re growing! It’s going to be a good year for potatoes.

20140524-113946-41986228.jpg And very last, sweet potatoes.

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Fresh from the garden, the past month or so

Why yes, I have still been picking things from the garden this whole time. We’ve been having lots of grilled vegetables and zucchini muffins, and they are delicious. I haven’t done due diligence in the photo department, but here’s what I’ve got:

20130815-212721.jpg1lb 2oz okra
9lb 14.6oz tomatoes
6lb 5.7oz zucchini
9.7 oz beans

20130815-212902.jpg15lb 11.3oz cucumbers
2lb 12.35 oz spaghetti squash
(We had that for supper last night!)
1lb 13.15oz mystery squash
1lb 2.25 oz butternut squash
11.35oz small wonder spaghetti squash

I have no idea what that bright orange mystery squash is. It looks nothing like the description on any of my squash or pumpkin seed packets. (Which is all I’m going by, since the only one of them I’ve grown before is spaghetti squash.) Anyone care to venture a guess? I’m not sure if it’s mature either, because a little worm nibbled through the stem and caused it to fall off the vine.
On a slightly related side note: a guy that drives by our house all the time on the way to the post office and knows me from Cracker Barrel saw me at work today and marveled at the fact that I’m growing pumpkins on a trellis.

P.S. We’re naming our puppy Kate. Just testing you to see if you’ll read all the way to the end when not enticed by pictures of adorable animals.

Oh, wait….

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