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, June 27

20130627-230805.jpg .85 ounces of sugar snap peas

20130627-230827.jpg 1.5 pounds of kale (All of it isn’t pictured; the rest went into a big salad.)

And in case you haven’t heard, Matt and I got back from New Zealand on Tuesday afternoon. I keep trying to find the time to get some work done in the garden, but it’s hard when there are pop up thunderstorms forecasted for every day in the foreseeable future. The plants certainly don’t mind though (especially the weeds), and I can’t wait to take photos for the July garden snapshot. Just to give you a hint: one of the squash plants that was a foot tall the day in between our trips has now reached the top of the 7-foot arched trellis!

Garden snapshot, June 2013

I had time to take some pictures when I was doing a few things in my garden yesterday. It’s been growing like crazy with all the rain while we were gone!

The zucchini didn’t get devoured by slugs after all, although its not growing as fast as last year.

20130612-143112.jpg All the tomato plants are looking great, even the ones that had gotten droopy in the containers. Some of them have a few blossoms.

20130612-133449.jpg I can grow peas! These snow peas are ready for picking.

20130612-133521.jpg The carrots are coming right along.

20130612-133553.jpg The green onions are ready for cutting.

20130612-133627.jpg The kale has gotten really big and that’s one Brussels sprout on the left. This is the first year I’ve grown either of those.

20130612-133731.jpg Attack of the monster oregano! This thing is two feet tall. Anyone have a good recipe that uses tons of oregano?

20130612-133933.jpg Some of the squash are starting to climb the trellis. They have some blossoms, too.

20130612-134050.jpg This is the first time I’ve grown pumpkins.

20130612-134131.jpg I was surprised to see volunteer potato plants in the bed at the bottom of the yard. I didn’t plant anything else there yet, so they can stay.

20130612-134301.jpg One of the onions I planted last summer decided to sprout, and now it has a really cool flower.

20130612-134341.jpg I hilled up one barrel of potatoes.

20130612-134446.jpg The two Asian pears are ping pong ball sized now.

20130612-134522.jpg So are the peaches, and they’ve self-thinned (which is a good thing).

20130612-134559.jpg The blueberry bush is covered with berries. This one seems to have gotten a little ahead of itself.

20130612-134701.jpg There are lots of blackberries, too.

20130612-134728.jpg Unfortunately, my nightmares have come to fruition (just like my plants, so punny…) and several of the beds have been overtaken by grass and weeds. Some of them are a foot tall! O_O Looks like lots of weeding will be waiting for me when we get back…