What’s going on in my garden?

How goes our garden? Well, it’s been going slow. While Lee and I were recovering from the flu last month, we slowly got the last of our squash starts and what-not planted.

Here is a picture of it from afar. The garden is looking a little better.

The things we planted late were mostly squash and melons. Though, due to the Aggie episode, I have no idea what a lot of the plants are. Since we were working on limited “after the flu energy” we just dug holes instead of manually tilling the whole bed, put fertilizer in the holes, and then planted the starts.

Our three potato rows still look really nice. You can see a size difference when you are out in the garden as all the rows were planted at different times. Lee planted some of his Painted Mountain corn in the middle row. We didn’t plant any popcorn or sweet corn as we were to late in the season to do that. The Painted Mountain corn doesn’t need as many days to mature so we took a gamble on it. After Lee planted it the weather decided to get cold and cloudy before it turned blazing hot. It’s been about two weeks now and nada. We aren’t sure what happened. My mom planted corn this year also and she had really spotty germination. Guess it’s not a corn year here for us.

On a potato note, we are seeing some blight in the non-certified seed potatoes we bought. We didn’t have this problem last year. Thankfully, only the red potatoes seem to be affected so far, as the Cal White’s in the rest of the row look great.

Only one type of carrot I planted germinated. So far they are growing okay, at least I think they are. Lee has been trying to trap voles and gophers in the garden again. Hopefully he can get them as I don’t want my root crops getting wiped out.

I swear I planted this lettuce two and a half months ago. I thought cool season plants would have liked all the rain we’ve had since then. Last year when I was planting lettuce we had it taking off like weeds–now a whole herd of turtles would have won a race about 20 times since I planted this year’s little patch.

My beets are still growing, YEAH! Hopefully I get a nice harvest as I am dying to can lots of beets using my most amazing beet recipe that I tried last year.

I bought a couple pepper starts and my mom gave me two more. I put some of that biofilm around them after the weather got cloudy to help them grow.

Yummy, I foresee cabbage soup in my future.

My collards are coming along. They need weeded but I can’t believe that they are growing. The slugs almost wiped them out at one point, but they survived. I planted them two months ago from seed.

My broccoli looks really great. These were planted as starts about two months ago too, and also got attacked by slugs. I’m always impressed with how well broccoli explodes into growth. It makes me feel like I’m such an amazing gardener even though I had nothing to do with it. I did notice a worm munching on it today so I need to break out my BT tomorrow.

We bought three cucumber starts as we were way behind due to the weather and then us getting sick. I find it humorous we only have three after my huge row I had planted last year. Ah, well, they seem to be growing fine.

Lee’s hops are winding themselves themselves up their posts. Since the first year of growth is not nearly as substantial as the second years, we are just using my pole bean poles. I didn’t get any beans planted this summer anyways, so I didn’t need to use them.

I’m probably going to harvest my garlic in the next day or so. It will be exciting trying the new varieties and seeing which ones we like the best and replant next year. I did pull my three remaining elephant garlic that survived the destruction of the fat pocket gopher. They didn’t get as big as I had hoped they would. On the other hand, each row was tunneled under so the remaining ones probably had some serious root damage going on.

One part of our garden still needs mowed. It’s pretty funny.

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5 Responses to What’s going on in my garden?

  1. Lynn says:

    Your garden is absolutley fabulous!!! And here I thought you said before didn’t have much planted! It looks totally GREAT! Your garden is really huge – it’s ok if you don’t use all the fenced area and let part of it be grass since you got a late start. I totally jealous since our garden all dried up!

  2. Leigh says:

    I have to say that between the weather you’ve been having, and the flu, your garden is looking great! Corn didn’t do well in our part of the country either. Mine had only about 60% germination and I’ve noticed the same in many of the other gardens I’ve seen around here. I really like the idea of a tomato type cage for the cucumbers too. I need to try that next year.

  3. Rachael says:

    I never knew broccoli looks like that when it grows. Do you know if the leaves can be used for anything? There’s some type of common weed out here that can be used in salads I guess. I think it’s called mustard green?

  4. Benita says:

    For as sick as you two have been and the rain, your garden looks great!

  5. lee says:

    Lynn – Well, it helps when we post close-ups. There’s really not a *lot* of anything. Not nearly as much as we planned to grow at least, except perhaps of tomatoes, potatoes, and pumpkins/squash. And now it looks like we’re going to lose at least one variety of potatoes to blight.

    Leigh – I’ve been considering replanting the corn, just for the heck of it. We have no chance of 80 days of growing season at this point, but I’d like to think I can at least get them to sprout! 🙂 The tomato cage is a new idea this year. Last year we used some recycled field fencing for the cucumbers. We still have a partial roll of re-rod mesh, so if I get more cages built before next year we might continue to do it this way.

    Rachael – Broccoli are part of the Brassica family, which includes cabbage, kohlrabi, kale, turnips, bok choy, cauliflower, etc. It’s kind of funny that all these different plants are close genetic relatives, and that humans have managed to breed them to further to emphasize certain attributes (roots, stems, leaves, and flowers). It never occurred to me to eat broccoli leaves. They are apparently best when cooked. We usually keep our broccoli going until it is pretty rough. If you cut the main floret, they will throw up small side shoots, and if you cut all of these before they go to flower it will continue with more shoots. You can get quite a lot of broccoli from one plant, although only the first cutting will be the big heads you see at the store. I’ve heard of people eating wild mustard greens, although I’m not certain I could identify them here. Incidentally, mustards are also Brassicas. 🙂

    Benita – Thanks. It will look a lot better if I can get out there two evenings in a row with a sharp hoe!

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