Normally this would be a Wednesday Work-in-Progress day, but in lieu of showing you my knitting (which has progressed) I want to document this years garden. Once again this year we amended the soil with plenty of semi-composted horse manure. I say “semi-composted” because the manure pile was only turned a couple of times and could have used some added water; this was far from perfect black gold compost.
I believe it was Memorial Day weekend that I put the starter plants in the ground and planted seeds for the rest. Some of the starts I grew myself and things like the peas were only sprouted on damp paper towels. I fully intended to get things in the ground earlier this year, but it just didn’t happen.
My garden is long and skinny. This is the squash end.
Then comes the peas. They really need to be planted earlier. Usually I do alright planting them late, however the deer decimated my Sugar Snaps this year. If you recall past garden years, my peas usually do MUCH better than this.
One of the monster Zucchini plants. The secret to Zucchini is black plastic and composted horse manure. We also have a few lavender plants that attract loads of bees for pollination.
And a little guy. I love the shape of them.
Cilantro. I gave up and let it form flowers. Every salad I make (for myself) has cilantro in it. Maybe I should cut it all off relatively short, it should bush out, right?
Red neck bean pole structure made with whatever I could find laying around. These are bush beans. Last year they climbed up the pasture fence so I figured this year I’d give them something to climb on. It is only 1 or 2 vines of each bush that want to climb, the rest do as they are supposed to and form a bush.
Crazy Romaine lettuce. I’ve never had success with it before. It must be a weird variety though because it has a texture similar to Kale. Very flat.
From left to right: Rainbow Swiss Chard, a bit of spinach planted where the carrots didn’t come up, carrots, Spring lettuce mix.
Sweet Basil and Thai Basil. Desperately needs to be harvested and preserved.
Not pictured – I have 2 long rows of Kale behind the peas and a few Broccoli’s. This is my first year for growing Broccoli. I did find out that the deer love it.
Finally, yesterday’s harvest. We have been picking Zucchini for the last 2.5 weeks. Snow peas for almost that long. The 2 Spaghetti Squash shown here are the first 2 that I’ve harvested.
Some things I need to do better: