Saturday, April 23, 2011

Complete Garden Update

It's Easter and the first weekend we have both been home for a long time. We are spending the weekend working in the yard and not doing much else. It has been a little while since I did a full garden update so here goes.

Bed #6: The peas are up through level 2 and flowering.

Bed #1: Garlic is up. The cages are place holders for future peppers.
Bed #2: A trellis is up in the back for the sour gherkin cucumbers. Both beds 2 and 3 will have trellises. Last year we planted 3 cucumber plants. This year we will have 12. I better figure out how to make better pickles. A few blocks of radishes are filling in. The cages are for future tomatoes. The pots have a few sungold cherry tomato plants and one early variety.

Bed #3: The tomatoes and peppers are hanging out here for a few more weeks soaking up the heat. There is also carrots and cucumbers in here. This bed will get infilled with tomatoes.

Bed #4: This is our first year trying a production flower bed. I think we have 12 kinds of flowers planted.

Bed #5: The plastic was replaced with floating row cover. This bed has greens which don't really like the hot weather. The row cover helps to keep them cool and keeps out the moths.

Lettuce is in the back, then spinach not doing much, then mustard, then some very small swiss chard. The soil in here was a little too loose and the greens aren't very happy.

Bed #6: Peas, onions and fennel. The squirrels have been digging in the onions and they aren't doing very well. I put up some chicken wire to try and convince them to move on. They aren't eating the onions, just pulling them out.

Herb box: This is an experiment. The squirrels pulled out a couple things. We will see if this survives.

I haven't said much about the composter. The naturemill is running like a top. Once a week we get a nice container of compost like this. It sits outside in a pile to mellow a month or so before I will put it on anything.