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I have two places I can use. The front garden is about 120' by 180'. The back one is going to be hard to determine. It has trees to the south so you have to get out of the shadow them and there are a lot of wet spots in it. The first picture is the front one. It can't be worked all the way back to where I'm standing because it is too wet. The equipment to the right is what I use to work it up. My limitation to what I plant is how much weeding I can keep up with.
I'll grow tomatoes, corn,beans,squash and flowers.
I have a much smaller garden than I used to have...but I grow about 18 tomatoes, 2 rows of green beans, 2 hills of squash, 5 hills of cukes, 1 row of peppers, 2 rows of carrots, 2 rows of beets, several rows of peas, a row of bunching onions, and then a row of something different each year...this year I'm trying baby bok choi...the rest is flowers...dahlias, cosmos, zinnias, plus a few mixed pkgs...I surround the veggies with marigolds...not many pests...I use no chemicals, just cow manure & lime...
I don't go by charts. I plant peas when I can work the ground and beets too. I use raised beds and 10 gal containers. I'm trying a new variety of snap peas from Burpee's which only grow 10 inches high but are suppose to produce the same amount of peas as the taller varieties and you can plant them in an 8" pot. I am also planting regular tall varieties so I'm assured some peas either way. I've always planted warm weather veggies on or around Memorial Day. The only seeds I do start indoors are my tomatoes and perennials and I do that the first of April. This year I have planted 4 6-packs of columbines and placed them on my front porch. I'll bring them in around the first of April and place them on my heat pads under light. I always direct sow every thing else in my veggie patch which includes cukes, summer squash, winter squash, snap beans, rutabega, and chard. I am a creature of habit and don't change.
I use chipped trees for paths. At the sound of a chain saw on Saturday morning I am out looking to see if they are using a chipped and a truck! About every other year I get a mountain of chips dumped on my driveway and spend the summer wheel barrowing them into place.
I am planning my veggie garden still... I am reading up on companion plants and found something very interesting that I want to share because I had no idea.. A plant I have always thought to be extremely poisonous called Solanium nigrum, was listed as a great companion plant to potatoes, because potato beetles find it way more delicous than potatoes. When searching the plant I found some info that it is not poisonous and in other countries it is eaten regularly, but it has been confused with another similar plant. http://goo.gl/j3JXU
Wha, We have never planted leeks, and we seem to fail at onions so I assume I wouldn't be good with leeks. Don't know why.. Love to cook with them. We have had cold weather crops in for a while both direct seed and starts that we bought. We gave up on starting seeds ourselves as we travel too much. We always managed to kill way too many little seedlings. It was heartbreaking.
We will plant all the other starts that we just bought when we get back to the Island on Tuesday as both of our veggie beds are all ready to be planted. The paths are even already mulched. This year we used regular mulch as we had an extra yard of it to use up after we had done all the shrub and border beds. Other years we have use pine needles or straw, but that can be weedy or hard to find on Nantucket. I like the wood chip idea from AYankeeCat. Sounds real Yankee Fugal too. Patti
I left a note for the pet sitter to help herself to asparagus. I got a note back from her that she couldn't find it. Guess I should have told her that it was purple and 2 feet tall and as thick as a thumb. It is monster sized, but it still is tender and delicious.
Jen, my son took my tiller to his house last year, then sold his late Dad's pickup truck (which I had given to him), so no way to get the tiller back here...I have had to hand dig...not much fun, & I'm not close to being finished!
How about hiring someone to till for you and then send your son the bill? Not nice, but maybe he will out grow his lack of consideration for his Mom someday. Let's hope. We have been doing the no till veggie bed the last three years. We seem to have less weeds. Patti
Well, the garden is half dug, so I guess I'll continue...I like the idea of fewer weeds! Digging, however, is not my idea of fun...You are so right about the lack of respect, Patti...he would never act like that if my DH was still alive...
I have a few heirloom tomatoes going in today or tomorrow, two cucumbers my neighbor gave me and I'll start some pumpkins and gourds for the girls to plant. Not a big veggie gardener other than the tomatoes. May do a couple of gold potatoes too.
Wanted to maybe try corn for fun for the girls, has anyone ever grown it?
I tried once a long time ago, they all died on me. I didn't plant enough and my husband filling my garden with mix that is supposed to be mixed with regular dirt probably didn't help. I do know you need a good amount for it to pollinate properly.
I've planted corn for a couple of years. You have to plant them close enough together so that the wind blows the pollen onto the other plants. NE tradition is the "three sisters". First corn, then pole beans growing up the corn stocks and squash or turnips (I've seen both in literature) planted in between to fill the space between the plants. Started corn both from little plants and seeds - both worked well. IMHO - corn takes up too much real estate for the amount of food it produces. I eat the ears right in the garden and leave the cobs for the birds to pick. Your girls would love to watch corn grow and you could put pumpkins on the ground underneath.
I grow corn, lots of it. :) It is one of my all time favorite breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, or with my meal. I often pick an ear, cut an inch off each end and nuke that puppy for 6 - 7 mins with the husk on. PERFECT!!
I will be planting approx. 12 - 15 rows...i'll let ya know after I am done. ^_^ ^_^
Victor, we got a big down pour last night, and assume your garden did too. Perfect planting time. I need to plant more basil seeds, but sort of done. Crowing!!
No corn here, but we did love having the very few ears we got many years ago when we tried to grow it. Too much space required which has to be fenced because of the deer. Plus we have a farm just down the road that grows great corn. But Celeste is right about the joys of growing your own. I love Silver Queen.
Started eating lettuce from the garden last night. Patti
Well, I have only a 6X12-ft raised bed that the last owner built here, whereas I used to have 16 raised beds 6X6 !
Not really much room to expand where there would be enough sun, so ... Another exercise in downscaling!
Last week's 100-degree days left me with lots of baked lettuce. Next year, I may build a brush arbor to protect them.
I have a few Yukon Gold and a few Russet potato plants that are already blooming. They'll be finished and dug in time to put in bok choy for Fall.
Still finding lots of volunteer onions from the previous owner's planting. Have 16 hardstem garlic doing OK.
A few Rainbow chard; it didn't germinate very well.
Lots of French breakfast radishes. Carrots once again failed for me. I just can never seem to grow them.
2 rows of peas; growing well but not yet blooming.
Will be putting in New Jersey, Lime Green Salad, Black & Boar, Golden Egg and Silvery Fir Tree tomatoes (although the Golden Egg seedlings are not looking very good!)
Also 1@ Viserba and Ping Tung aubergines.
Orange Habanero, CGN 22155 and Ancho ciles and New Ace sweet pepper.
1 small watermelon plant; 4 Little Leaf cukes.
Planting marigolds, parsley and basil around the edges.
That's it! I'm anxious to see what works!
Jim, welcome. Boy you don't have much room, but you
have some very interesting varieties. Direct seed carrots
In August for a good fall and winter crop. We had sweet
Carrots until early May this year. I am hopeless at onions though we
have many ornamental ones that thrive for us. Go figure.
I planted Rainbow Swiss chard in front on the veggie bed and in
an herb bed for color. We gave up starting plants inside and either
buy starts or direct seed. We travel too much to care for seedlings
properly. I am about to seed more basil, radish, and some late summer
Flowers. But not today. Spent all day out working in the rain in the perennial
Beds weeding and dividing up a bunch of plants (a car trunk full)which took and planted as a gift in a friends new garden at his new rental. He came home for
Lunch and caught us in the act. We looked like drowned rats. He was so happy with our plant surprise. Patti
Both newer and experienced vegetable gardeners (I've been growing vegetables for over 50 years) may be interested in a new book I just bought:
Jo Robinson, Eating on the Wild Side.
Based on an extensive analysis of a vast array of nutritional studies from around the world, she talks about the nutritional content of most vegetables and fruits and gives lists of the most nutritious varieties. I'm learning a lot I never knew while reading this, finding some of my favorites included, and already making plans for next year's garden!
AYankeeCat: I remember gather Lamb's Quarters with my Mother when I was knee-high to a grasshopper!
Lamb's Quarters and horsemeat hamburgers --- that's how poor we were then!
All grown up and better off, I don't guess I've eaten either food in 40 years (I still gathered Lamb's Quarters in the late 60s & 70s, when "back-to-the-land self-sufficiency" was all the rage, but I think the poor folks' horsemeat markets had all been driven out of business by then!)
Had to look up Lamb's quarters. It sounds like a good thing to eat, nutritionally. I will have to get out my old copy of Stalking the Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons and see what he does with it. Patti
Hat's off to you who are a zone or maybe a half below my 4a & b. of VT. VT. Camp 20 mi. away where we live 6 days of the wk. each summer, are considering planting my down-sized veggie garden. All in more shade than sun by mid. Aug.as the sun no longer rises above the 100 ft. ancient pines. However, moved my tomatoe plants (after 4 yrs. of early blight) into sterilized self-watering pots & all kinds of Gardeners Supply new soil will be for the 2nd yr. in new area (no blight last yr.). They came early May from Burpees/Grafted Big Boy's on whatever stock as rather fat 4 inches. in lg. pots & well protected through the May frost, & the May 2 days in the 90's & sitting in water, they are a now huge 21 inches w/blossoms. Will bury them to about 6 inches showing & keep that water going in the "hole" at bottom. Welcome to my $5.00 EACH tomatoes. Carrots, beets, chard & Bush beans planted in ground some time ago & are doing OK as most of those do under all kinds of conditions once the soil has "sorta" warmed up. Enjoying all N.E.glanders garden info. Continued good luck for the summer to all. Enjoy all before it's time to plant bulbs . . . too soon . . . soon!
Sounds like you solved your blight problem...fresh tomatoes are worth it...I planted 15 tomato plants this year, I usually make & freeze stewed tomatoes with the excess...right now the garden is so muddy, you can't walk in it...
Husband and I spent all day yesterday getting the Veggie garden laid out. We have one bed finished now I need to figure out how to fit in 8 Tomato Plants and 2 Pepper plants. I have been making a chart on Google Drive and was hoping for some opinions from you more experienced veggie gardeners. The beds are 4' x 8' https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AoUfWLnXmGNbdF9OcjNUMmh0VnN1TGdzazZxVE9UWnc&usp=sharing
I read that planting the Peppers with the Toms can benefit them by shading the fruit which is good. So what do you think of my plans? The colored in ones are the ones I am thinking will work best. Thank you everyone who looks. :)
I hadn't been able to finish off the garden, the grass started to grow into the garden thru the chicken wire...I need to edge it with something...while I was cleaning out the grass, I saw something scurry away...I thought it was 1 of the huge black crickets...ended up being the biggest spider I've ever seen in my yard...man it was huge!
I just got the garden finished so no peas! I had bought them and was going to plant them back in April. I am way faster at getting the work done in my mind! I read I can start some in mid Sept, but that seems awfully late since we usually have a killing frost in early Oct..
Oh no ! Maybe you could grow a few extra plants somewhere else for them. Then you can move them from your plants to the ones designated for them. I have a ton of Zizia and Rue which are in the same family as parsley in my butterfly garden and would move them to those but they don't seem to go on my parsley anymore. I've been installing a drip system on my veggie garden. So of course it has been raining every day now!
I never pick blue berries that are not ripe as I never had any luck having them continue to sweeten once picked, only had them rot. They are ripe when when they sort of just fall into your hand, don't take them if you have to tug or if they are cracked as that seems to just causes the whole box to go bad sooner. We only have 7 high bush ones and I actually don't care much for their taste, but I love to pick them for others. I am just not a berry eater. A couple of ours were on the property when we bought it and are huge and we planted the other 5 in the early 80's. This year they seem to have a pretty good set forming, but not ripe yet. Patti
Jen & Patti are correct...blueberries will soften, but not ripen, after they are picked...if you like them tart, pick with a little pink left by the stem...otherwise pick fully purple...I should go to the back of my property more often...found lovely ripe black raspberries yesterday.
I watched a parent Cardinal feeding one of my blueberries to a youngster who was not impressed by the taste! When I saw them in the bushes, I grabbed the grey stray and put him in the house! No birds for him!
I also picked gooseberries and champagne currents yesterday and stuck them in the freezer. It was too hot to do anything else with them.
No! Terrible weather, nasty crows! Not a good gardening summer...In '82, we had the wettest June on record...Doug sent Garret into the garden to see if he could replant the corn...Garret was a skinny kid & he sunk to his calves...no corn that year.
I remember on the farm that they put out Zon(spelling?) guns that were went off periodically to scare them away from the fields of corn. My dad didn't time it well once when he was checking on it and it went off right by him. The sound wave burst his eardrum on that side of his head.
Whoa! Powerful sound waves...How about the audio recordings my son's FIL was looking into for the blueberry farm? The recording is supposed to be of a predator of that species...I guess owls would be the enemies of the crows...get some hoots out there, Pixie!
We are a huge amount of lettuce still and some bush beans, but not much of anything else except herbs, but everything is coming except the pole beans which got eaten by slugs. They have been hopefully sent off to a slugdom in the sky and won't be back anytime soon. Patti
No views of my veggie garden until I get some of the weeds out! JoAnn was a member of CSA a few summers ago...she wasn't happy with it, you never know what you're going to get...like a 20lb squash! My neighbor down the road was sponsoring it last year, don't know if he's still growing for others or not...that place near you is amazing, by the way...
Jen I dug a 2' wide path around the garden and when I noticed weeds growing I hoed it out. That is my plan for now, but I have read the best thing is Hay, for around the veggies and the paths. I just don't think I will like the way it looks, plus last year I put some around my strawberries and the weeds just grew through it. So I feel like it just hid the problem until it got bad. Right now I haven't dug the front of the garden out yet, but probably will when the weather cools down a bit. I was looking into some small metal fencing they sell at Lowes and HD, it is under garden fencing the one from Lowes is half the price of the HD one. But it isn't real post fencing, while the HD one is post type, it just sticks in the ground like the little garden borders you can get. I feel like it would be more for looks than to actually keep critters out, because most critters that are a problem would just climb in or fly in. The thing I plan to do, once I have all my wooden boxes in is to do the hoop thing with pvc pipe. I tried it out on the one I have and it actually worked very easily, you just bend it into a hoop shape. Then at greenhouse supply stores you can get netting and fasteners. I think this is the way I'm going to keep pests out. The cheaper fencing a t Lowe's would add up to a little over $200 for my 24' x 22' area. I noticed my neighbor has the same fencing I'm talking about, maybe I will get a pic at her house. I was thinking of it more because Trevor keeps digging in my beds and caving in the side because I haven't put the wood around them yet. However he will only be at that age for a short time and I'd rather spend the $200 finishing buying the cedar planks.
Is the fence already in? Because I would do it inside other wise you will have to deal with the stuff between the fence, which is a pain. I have to edge along my fence where all my gardens are and it is very tedious work!
Jen I am sorry I just realized I misread your post earlier. I didn't realize you asked about the fence! I thought you were asking if any one had a fence! lol Disregard anything that didn't apply to your question..
Yup I agree, I have finally trained the DH to aim the mower so the stuff doesn't fly into my gardens. I swear it made the weeds 100 x worse.. Preen doesn't work on weedy grass :( I think that's why it says not to use on grass. I put it in all my beds and the grass had no problem sprouting anyway. Annual grasses are my worst enemy here.
Every summer while spending hours of time pulling grass out of my beds I think next year I'm going to try crabgrass control in my garden beds (Corn Gluten) BUt for some reason I haven't tried it yet! I think I was on a kick of wanting reseeding annuals, but I don't get enough. I get surplus of grass though!
Lol Bill I love that idea! :)
I was out looking at the Veggies yesterday between downpours and my plants have grown so much since those pics I posted. I feel like it's only been a week. I'm going to check.
That's a great solution, Bill! However, when I broke my hip, the tomatoes were just ripening...my family members picked the tomatoes, plus cukes, & beans...didn't pull one weed! I remember sitting on the stone wall of my perennial bed pulling weeds!
Hell, I've been married 36 years, have been gardening for 60.
My wife still cant tell the difference between lamb's quarters and young tomato seedlings, or baby lettuce and baby dandelion.
At least she says (and has frequently demonstrated) that she can't.
You think I;d let her weed the vegetable garden?
Green beans will be ready to pick in a day or 2...not much else going on...someone from the CT agriculture dept was on the radio the other day...she said blossoms will not form or pollinate if the temp is in the 90s...
I'm planning to pick my first tomorrow. I'm looking forward to using it in a salad. Hopefully it tastes as good as it looks! :)
JB I am worried the same would happen here if any one besides me weeded. Although now that the plants are quite mature i hope DH would be able to tell the difference! lol
Last week I picked 61 cukes, on Friday my 2 oldest DGD came and helped me pick more. We picked 52, last night I went out again as Auntie asked if I had any for her to make pickles with. I picked 63 more!!!!
One beet and a little swiss chard and mystery squash. The cucumbers are bitter this year - I might just rip them out and save the water. Picked black currants, elderberries, blackberries, raspberries and a blue berry yesterday.
Oh, good, Memory...hope you can salvage some! Jan, I love bread & butter pickles...I usually make a batch of refrigerator ones with red sweet pepper & white onions...the ones I canned last year didn't taste very good...too much salt & not enough sugar...I guess I should stick to the recipe!
Very easy! I slice cukes, place in a Mason jar...add 1 TBLS pickling spice, 1 head of dill. Boil up a brine...for 1 quart I use 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of cider vinegar, 1/4 cup Kosher salt...boil for 5 min. pour over cukes, refrigerate when cool.
I only grow cherry tomatoes now, the big ones do so badly here. Sweet Million is still my favorite. Sun Sugar is delicious too, and doesn't crack like Sungold. Cupid I find disappointing, although DH loves it. It's sweet enough, but to me it's thick skinned and dense. It's quite prolific, good thing he likes it!