Home Garden for Spring 2018

This year since I have the luxury of having a full sun plot away from the house I’m just focusing on the fun things here at home rather than the more industrial crops like beets.

Home is where my tomatoes and squash and melons and cucumbers live. Along with my salad greens (eventually) where they will be more easily picked and used.

Raised Bed #1 Planted 4/1/2018

The picture to the right is 4/1/2018 the picture to the left is 4/22/2018

There are three squash varieties on the left which were just seeds in the dirt on the first picture but you can see little seedlings now.

Squash (top to bottom):

  • Kogigu Winter Squash
  • Sucrine Du berry Winter Squash
  • Long Island Cheese Winter Squash

All are C. moschata types because of their supposed resistance to squash vine borer which is prevalent here.

Tomatoes:

There are four tomato plants total 3 are the tried and true early girl. The second from the top is better boy.

Basil:

  • Sweet basil
  • Purple basil
  • Thai Basil

Raised Bed #2 Planted 4/1/2018

The picture to the right is 4/1/2018 the picture to the left is 4/22/2018

There are five varieties of cucumbers on the left which were just seeds in the dirt on the first picture but you can see little seedlings now. The glob in the top center of the right hand picture is some kitchen waste I toss onto the garden It’s not beautiful but red worms love it.

Cucumbers (Lower left to upper right):

  • Patio Snacker
  • Picolino F1 (favorite variety last year)
  • Syrian Smooth
  • Armenian Cucumber
  • Melon Metki Dark Green Serpent

I stuck a Jimmy Nardello Sweet pepper plant and a Garden salsa hot pepper out there for quick access while cooking and to keep an eye out on the pepper progress at the plot for comparison purposes.

There are also a few volunteer tomato plants which will probably not amount too much. You’ll notice a whole bunch of empty space in this bed. This bed is mostly shaded and the empty spots are on the shady side of the bed that is reserved for what I hope to make a perennial salad garden. I purchased a whole bunch of varieties of perennial greens and after I start them from seeds this summer and transplant them this fall this will be their home.

Small bed planted 4/1/2018

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Is currently home to dill. Some volunteers popped up so I decided to transplant them here. It will be good to have dill at home too for all the cucumber plants that are planted!

Long bed

IMG_0556This is where I planned to plant some melons, but plans don’t always work. There doesn’t really look to be enough space for melon roots with the garlic. This bed is essentially untouched since the winter planting and looks quite unruly. The cilantro that was planted is going to seed and I decided to leave it there for the flowers that bees love and I’ll use the dried coriander seeds from this plant.

Honestly the garlic looks like it is struggling. I’m thinking the cilantro shaded it out a little too much and made it sort of spindly looking. Or perhaps it doesn’t like the soil or perhaps I should have watered it a little more.

So for now, the bed will stay planted with garlic along one side and coriander and dill and pansies dotted throughout. Perhaps I’ll stick in a watermelon a little later if it looks like there is room, but for now there definitely is not.

 

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Time for Garlic 10/9/2017

This is the Long bed newly planted for summer:IMG_9258

Which then grew into this monstrosity:

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All the basil along the back was looking worse for wear, sunburned, spittle bugs, holes in leaves, I’m not going to be using it for anything anymore, it looks terrible, it’s shading out the peppers. Time for it to go.

Long bed fall 2017 planting experiments

Yesterday I cut down my basil bed and planted a fall garden in its place. Multiple experiments are going on in that long bed. I used the basil as mulch after cutting it up into manageable chunks rather than using them as the miniature trees they had turned into.

Garlic

Not sure which variety of garlic will work out the best in my yard so I’m trying three kinds.

  1. Elephant Garlic
  2. Soft neck Garlic (two varieties mid & late season)
  3. Hard neck Garlic (two varieties mid season)

I’m fairly certain the hard neck varieties are supposed to be grown in colder climates, AND I got all my garlic starts from territorial seed company which is a pacific northwest grower so maybe not the best choice there but we shall see what happens. I’m hoping the elephant garlic and one of the soft-neck varieties work out.

Over-Planting the Garlic Bed for Fall/Winter

So the garlic is all along the back side of the bed closest to the fence, the front side of the bed is trellised still with summer & fall producing eggplant and hot peppers. between the trellis and the garlic I planted herbs:

  • Calendula
  • Fern leaf dill
  • Cilantro
  • nasturtium
  • viola
  • mustards

Right now these guys are being partly shaded by tall eggplants and peppers that are being woven through the trellis. I was worried about them getting enough sunlight. They will either need more than they are getting which means pruning up the eggplants. Or, maybe they’ll appreciate the extra shade.

On top of the garlic itself I put Siberian lettuce, a generous helping of chard (since the one in my first bed appears to be getting eaten  by some pest. (Almost all the seedlings have been snipped and I’m not sure of the culprit) And some spinach. I don’t know if planting directly over the garlic is going to suck up too much nutrients or not from the bulb area. My plan is to basically keep and eye out on the elephant garlic and when i start noticing it popping through the soil i will need to cut back any of the other plants on top of the garlic row so it gan get enough light.

Hopefully this bed is productive all fall and winter.

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