Thursday, June 26, 2014

UPDATE: Garden 2014

So here is our garden for this year....
It's bigger!
It's badder!!
It's all ours!!!

Above is the plan we created while planting.
We used the "Carrots Love Tomatoes" plan and adjusted it where necessary.
Some plants we already had planted in other areas of the yard, so we
weren't able to adhere to it very strictly.

The above shots are of our red and white potatoes.
The metal bin at the back is actually filled with spare soil.
Potatoes need to be mounded as the get we save
some dirt for that purpose.

Red and white onions in the above shot.

Many jalapeno plants as some other hot peppers at the front.

Our field of tomatoes!
There are 24 plants in this area, some romas and some hertiage varieties.
While I am loving not hauling water, the tomatoes are not loving all the rain we've been having.
Can you see the leaves that are yellowing at the back?

Heritage white corn...we grew it last year and saved the seeds
for this year!  Looks like it worked!!!
(we found the wood under our pile of logs for the campfire...
nicely repurposed to keep the weeds down)

Directly to the left of the corn are our two sweet potato plants!
We tried growing sweet potatoes once in 2011...
it didn't turn out we thought we'd try again!
The last time the plants spent the whole growing season just trying to grow leaves!
The bunnies thought the leaves were mighty the plants never got a chance to grow tubers.

Our yellow zucchinis are starting out great!

The green zucchinis...not so much...

We dismantled a black composter...and filled them with dirt.
The sides have you don't have to worry about the plants drowning
in rain water!  Score!

Our pumpkins...with one sad trellis...
I have to get me some T bars and do these
trellis thingies right!

The radishes are coming along...

The beets are shy.
We planted dill with them (as per the book)
and the dill likes the bed...

Our cucumber machine makes its triumphant return.
We had such a great year with cukes last year.
We're taking a small break and only planted about a dozen of them this year.

Our kale seems to love it here!
The swiss chard on the left hand side of the bed...not so much.
I want to make kale chips so badly...
mainly so I can see what all the hype is all about...


Above shows our salad bar!
We have 5 different packs of lettuce and salad greens sprinkled
in this bed.  We forgot almost instantly what kinds we planted...but does it really matter?

Our spinach bed is pretty pathetic right now...
Hopefully it will make a come back...
or a decent fall crop from a second planting...

We have 2 rows of peas this year...cuz why not?
No seriously...we love peas.  
Especially sitting in the garden eating them straight out of the pod.
Each year we plan to store some in the freezer...and sometimes we actually do!
This year I am determined to get a whole large freezer bag full!

We also have to get to work on trellises (or is it trelli!?) for these peas.
Pea plants have a tendency to fall over and grow in the dirt.

We saved beans from last years crop.
We have no idea which beans are which...
but in this bed are green, yellow and purple wax beans.

Finally we have our acorn squash.
Again with the sad trellis...

So I've been pinning a TON of trellis ideas.
I will be posting soon with the results of my adventures into trellising.
(Trellising?  I have no idea...but you'll see some cool stuff for sure!)

I have to admit...last year we didn't plan much.
In fact, I made the mistake of having a few libations while planting seeds.
The result was that I had no idea what I planted and where.
(Laugh all you like)
It was a surprise when everything started growing...which was funny for about a week.
(oh who are we kidding...I'm still getting ribbed for that!!!)

Don't forget to send me your garden love!
I want you to post photos of YOUR gardens on my facebook group and page.
Lets celebrate our accomplishments together!!!

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