Garden 2013

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.

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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.

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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.

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And a little guy. I love the shape of them.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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From left to right: Rainbow Swiss Chard, a bit of spinach planted where the carrots didn’t come up, carrots, Spring lettuce mix.

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Sweet Basil and Thai Basil. Desperately needs to be harvested and preserved.

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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.

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Some things I need to do better:

  • Weed control. Maybe try newsprint between rows or more black plastic than I use now.
  • A sprinkler. Some nights I really don’t want to take 20 minutes to water by hand.
  • Plant my cool season crops earlier.
  • 2 Responses to “Garden 2013”

    1. Anne Says:

      I do know that the newsprint needs to be fairly thick – like a whole section. (Probably especially in your area where it actually rains…..) It was my gram’s go-to method for her monster-sized garden.

      Next year, I’m putting in zucchini. D doesn’t like it at all, but I love it in a ton of different things. So :P for him.

    2. Terri Says:

      We grow a lot of the same things! The summer has been so warm and the garden is happy as can be. I never thought to grow spaghetti squash, but I love it and will add it to next years garden.

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