Garden Progress

Saturday and Sunday were Territorial Seed Company’s plant day where they have most of their veggie starts in stock. So early Saturday, Lee and I went down to get our tomato starts. The 15th of May is the official time to put your tomatoes in where we live. The frost danger is finally gone–well, mostly gone. The weather in Oregon is always a gamble.

This year tomato-wise I got:

  • Stupice
  • Legend
  • Gill’s All Purpose
  • Fantastic
  • Heinz 2653
  • Nova
  • Cordova
  • Old German
  • Sun Gold
  • Red Current
  • Pineapple (actually a Ground Cherry)

My mom gave me some Garden Bio- Film to try out. I decided to use it around my tomatoes. The heat will make my tomatoes happy, less weeds will make Lee happy, and when I get my peppers and eggplants planted I will use it on them too. It will be interesting to see if it makes a difference in my pepper and eggplant production. The cool summer nights here make it harder to grow heat loving vegetables.

I labeled each tomato cage with the corresponding tomato name and whether it was Indeterminate or Determinate. That way I will have a better feel for what is ripening faster, which plant is healthier, and which tastes better. I had my tomato names written down last year but it was on a piece of paper that was always in the house, so I never knew which variety I was looking at.

Since this weekend was beautiful, Lee and I spent it outside working in the garden. I got my first sunburn and Lee got his first tan. He was wearing gloves so his is a funny tan. We got the last thirty feet of potatoes put in (ninety feet in total), planted all but two of my tomatoes, weeded, and planted lettuce, basil, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, collards, and broccoli. Along the way there was an intentional massacre of Poison Hemlock all over our property, field mowing, and we refilled the asparagus trench.

So far we have these planted in the garden:

  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Carrots (not sure if they are germinating)
  • Parsnips (not sure if they are germinating)
  • Beets
  • Sugar Peas
  • Cauliflower
  • Hops
  • Collards
  • Lettuce
  • Kohlrabi
  • Broccoli
  • Basil

I felt happy with that list until I looked at what I still need to plant. We are a little behind over here. I guess I shouldn’t complain because I know we aren’t the only ones. The weather has been a bear and with Lee hand-digging each bed instead of rototilling it takes us a little longer.

This is my list of vegetables that still need to be planted:

  • Peppers
  • Corn
  • Pumpkins
  • Melons
  • Squash
  • Beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Turnips
  • Rutabagas
  • Jerusalem Artichokes
  • Eggplants
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Joi Choi

There are some new things that we are really excited about planting this year. One is Broom Corn (actually a form of Sorghum). Lee wants to try his hand at making some brooms out of it. The second is Painted Mountain Corn. It is an extremely short season Indian corn variety that was breed from over 70 heirloom varieties and is perfect for stressed and cold climates. You can eat it fresh, creamed, ground into flour, boiled into hominy, parched, or used as an animal feed. The third is the hops Lee planted. He hopes to use them to make beer in the future. We got some sweet potato starts that I am really hopeful will turn out. I have recently decided that I love them and can’t get enough of them. I don’t believe that I ever ate any as a kid so this is a new vegetable love affair for me. Lee, on the other hand, hated them as a kid and has only recently changed his opinion.

Where Lee hasn’t hoed in the garden the grass is taking over. It’s really out of control. Lee is thinking that he might have to mow the garden before he can hoe new rows for me.

We also got a chuckle out of the last seed potatoes we planted Sunday. They had been sitting in a cupboard in a paper bag for a couple of months now. Due to weather and other potatoes having the honor of being planted before them, they had to wait. This is what they looked like. They were literally growing out of the paper sack searching for light.

I was also amazed by how odd my little asparagus looked. I kept asking Lee if it was going to grow any “real” leaves. He informed me that my asparagus was “normal” after many concerned questions were directed at him. I had never seen an asparagus plant in person before this time.

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4 Responses to Garden Progress

  1. Leigh says:

    Your garden is coming along really great! I’m late on some things too, for my part of the country so you’re not alone in that. You’re not alone in grass taking over, either! It’s a constant headache.

    I love the choices you made, more adventuresome than mind. It will be fun to see how they turn out and what you think of them.

  2. Benita says:

    Yep! That’s asparagus. Wait until it gets a little bigger (right before the seeds turn red) and whack off one, chop it up into smallish bits, simmer it for an hour, add some (but not too much) tin and some wool and you should get chartruese on wool. Seriously lime-aid green. It’s cool and one plant is plenty.

    You are going to eat so well this winter. If I come begging in me rags and me wee bowl, will ye feed me?

  3. Ron says:

    You guys are doing great. It’s hard work breaking new ground by hand!

    I felt the exact same way about asparagus this year… the first time I had ever seen it up close too. You might have the only decent photo on the entire Internet. ­čÖé

    One option for the grass might be solarizing? Just lay some clear plastic over it and let the sun cook it. I’ve read about that, but never done it.


  4. robin says:

    Leigh- I need someone who loves weeding to come over here and do my garden for me. LOL It is going to be interesting to see what happens in our garden this year with us being so late and the weather being so wet.

    Benita- That is SO cool. Now I want to try that out when we get some sheep.

    Ron- I’ve thought about trying that plastic trick out. I wonder how well it works….

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