Sunday, May 31, 2009

My first Iris of the season, white Immortality...

This Immortality is a reblooming iris. Sometimes it comes back in Sept but last year it didn't. I think I should have composted after it finished blooming in June and kept it well watered during the heat of summer for it to come back again. I love the pure white of this bearded iris.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

After 3 days of rain and cold nites....

This is my herb bed with sage, parsley, tarragon, dill, basil, oregano, stevia with tomatoes in the rear.
The strawberry bed did well with all the rain.

The Kennebec potatoes are doing well. To the left in the bed is where the golden russet are planted. They will be coming up soon I hope.

Lettuces, both red and green and a couple of eggplants are doing well. Again I have tomatoes in the blocks with the fence posts (toward the left in this picture).

After 3 days of rain.......

My cauliflower blocks.....

The Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage with toms in back row.

Brussel sprouts, iceberg lettuce, pole beans and peas behind new bed of radishes.

Broccoli, eight of them, with sugar and snap peas in rear.

Onions in front, green pepper and in back row by cucumber plants.
These plants have done well in the rain. I'm hoping for warmer days so the plants can get some growth going. I notice the tomato plants seem to be 'on hold' in the colder days and nites. They haven't had any growth since planted over 2 weeks ago, but the nites have been in the 40s and the days lately in the 50s and low 60s. I think we are going to get some 70s daytimes this week. That should do some good.

Friday, May 22, 2009

I've got a few crops starting.....

Red lettuce to the left of one of my eggplants.

Spinach. I've already taken outside leaves off and enjoyed some in a salad.

Sugar Snap peas are getting tendrils and will be climbing the twine soon.

The first of my cauliflowers are heading up.

On the left are Brussel sprouts on the right is iceberg lettuce.
I'm so pleased to see crops starting. I also have potatoes sprouting and my Chippewa blueberries have a few growing and cabbage is up but not heading yet. Some of the tomatoes have yellow blossoms. I'm enjoying this square foot gardening immensely.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Expecting a frost tonite....

With frost expected tonite, I dug out every old towel and sheet I owned to cover my beds against it. The front strawberry bed is covered with a blue tarp and the rest is a double layer of row cover. I hope this is the last frost of the year.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

More pictures....

Forefront, peas and pole beans left and iceberg lettuce.

Longview of my beds today.

Forefront left cukes and next to them peppers.

I placed the zucchini under black cover crop paper to heat the soil. The bottles were too warm around the leaves. Left corner is cantaloupe and in next bed is cantaloupe and tomatoes. The black area to the left of the front zucchini is Sugar Baby Watermelon seeds planted.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Another day, more plants....

Overview of the garden plot. I've been adding more to the beds. Even added Glad bulbs and red Salvia to the annual flower bed at the rear.

Zucchini under 2-liter bottles, melon areas under black plastic for warming.

Two eggplants under 2-liter bottles. Black plastic covering the tomato squares to warm the soil a bit more.

Peppers placed where I'll be planting them tomorrow.
The herb bed includes sage, rosemary, marjoram, parsley, basil, dill, oregano and even hot banana pepper for my son who loves hot peppers.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

I'm making inroads with my beds....

My herb bed in the forefront with Rosemary, parsley and sweet Marjaram with water buckets warming in the noonday sun for watering my beds. One bucket is compost tea and one is alfalfa tea. More herbs are going in after the rain stops. I've tucked marigolds into one square in each bed. Nasturtiums will go in another sqare in each bed as well. The beds are 2 by 12 inches high by 4 ft wide.

I had to add my 6 Alpine strawberries to the annual flower bed. There wasn't room in their official bed this year. To the left is the potato patch and behind it is the future corn patch.

I got some Junebearers and everbearer strawberry plants and there were 2 plants to a pot which I didn't realize until I started planting, that's why the perennial Alpines had to be put elsewhere.

These are the 3 cauliflower and the spinach so far. My potato patch is behind this bed.
A general view. In the foreground are 3 Brussel sprouts. The little white fences are guarding the new blueberry bushes that border my garden area near the family's firepit.