Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Has Spring Sprung?When I got to the garden today, it looked like spring! My pea plants are covered with peas, and since I was growing snow peas, many were completely overgrown, so I will have to cook them.
It has been raining almost daily here, and I guess the garden likes rain water much more than regular water, because two weeks ago it did not look like this at all.
All of the collards are covered with giant healthy leaves perfect for cutting, except for a few apids. The onions are three times the size as two weeks ago, I was able to cut off one head of broccoli and I had a whole bag of peas!
I pulled up the lettuce and put it in the compost pile, although it probably would have been better to dig a hole in the middle of the bed and bury it, but I was lazy. I weeded all of the beds heavily, but still have a lot of weeds as they grew just as much as everything else!
The carrots seem to be doing well, and I had a lot of big radishes to pull as well, probably by Saturday I will have even more radishes to pull and definitely more peas.
My Meyer Lemon tree has flowers growing on it, so maybe this year I will get a couple of lemons from it, till then I just grabbed some lemons from the community trees as there were plent of lemons, limes, oranges and tangerines.
I also pulled up a lot of fennel for the compost pile which there is a ton of, I look like a fennel farm, it has reseeded everywhere possible including in my pots and hanging baskets. I also cut back the grapevines and am hoping for grapes this year.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Peas Are ReadyMy peas are starting to produce. I harvested what I had growing to encourage more blooms, but there wan't enough to do much with which I had expected.
The collards are ready to start harvesting, except the leaves are too chewed up by slugs for me. Giant holes everywhere. The slugs also got to my lettuce pretty badly, I will have to pull those up and compost them along with the collard leaves.
The onions are doing well and the red cabbages have started to form heads.
I need to get some sluggo for the snails, and some Alaska fish fertilizer for everything.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Garden Check UpI have been going to the garden much more regularly and things look a lot better. With the extremely warm weather, things are a little "confused". The lettuce is bolting because of 80+ temps.
I put in more broccolli and about a dozen strawberries to bed 1, along with lots of leeks and onions.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Garden NeglectI have totally neglected my garden and feel so bad about it. It was in deperate need of attention. Completely overcome with weeds and badly dried out. So I spent 4 hours there today trying to nurse it back into shape, starting with major weeding and then tiling the soil.
Any plants that were left but weren't producing anything, I chopped up and turned under the soil. I still have a couple of basil plants hanging in there and so I chopped them back but not completel and turned the cuttings over as well.
My lemongrass looks great though. I have two plants side by side, but one has completely overgrown the other and is shading it badly, so I will move the little one to another location.
I trimmed back the grapevines as they were extremely overgrown. I had lots of growth this year, but no grapes. My Bay leaf plant in the large pot is doing well, lots of leaves now, a lot more bushier. Horseradish is doing extremely well, I cut back the foliage on it, and I see it poping up in different parts of the bed its in, bed 5.
Many of my pepper plants are still alive, and with the weather being so unseasonably warm, they just may survive. I pulled up my sweet potato vines and had a ton of small to medium sweet potatoes. I am surprised because they too were so badly neglected and needed severe watering. I put two small potatoes back into the ground to see what will happen.
I went to Moneta's this morning and planted some seedlings I purchased:
Walla Walla Onions
I also tossed in some seeds for carrots, parsnips and will start some seeds for turnips.
I watered all of the beds deeply and added Alaska Fish Fertilizer to all of the beds. I used the whole bag which wasn't very much.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Garden WorkI went to the garden this morning and more weeds!!! I haven't properly weeded the path in front of my space for a while like I am supposed to do, so I weeded the path and put a thick layer of mulch on top. Next time I am there I will put another layer of mulch in.
I planted the Smeraldo stringbeans I started from seed 2 weeks ago, and also weeded bed 3 which was in desperate need of that. I pulled up a turnip, brought home a cabbage and also some rosemary, fennel and swiss chard. I forgot to get some cilantro and is is doing really well as is the parsley. One tomato I planted doesn't look to good, but the other one is doing great and adapting nicely.
I think I will have a lifetime supply of fennel from that garden. I need to empty all of the hanging baskets and pots and fill with new soil and herbs. The lemon balm is doing gang busters and my rosemary bush looks nice and healthy as does the marjoram. The lemongrass is still small, and so I cut back Holly's salvia so that it could get more sun. I watered everything really deep.
My roses look gorgeous and the Infinity and Angel Face both had roses on them that I forgot to bring home. Also, the tulips are coming up and look nice.
The grape vines are huge! Hopefully, this year I will actually get a couple of clusters of grapes on them. Also, the zucchini of course looks really good and I should be getting fruit on them by the end of April.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Weeds Weeds WeedsToday I went to the garden after I left the warehouse. It is amazing to me the amount of weeds that have popped up after only a week. The garden looks terrible with all of those weeds!
However, I had a beautiful purple rose opened up on one of my rose bushes I planted just in January or early February. I think its a Karl Lagerfeld, but I have to check and make sure. I made a rose patch on the left side of the entrance to my plot. Last year I used that area for sweet potatoes and bush beans, now its home for the roses.
I did a lot of weeding and a little planting. I weeded the box to the right of the entrance to my plot. My grapvine planted there and nice bright green leaves sprouting all over it. I weeded the area and put a huge barrel of horse manure on top. The blueberry bush I have there in a pot pushed into the ground has flowers coming through, but I think the blueberry bush needs a more sunny location as the fence blocks out a lot of the sun.
In this space I planted some pepper seedlings: Sweet Banana, Pimiento and red bell, I think. I have to double check that as well. I also pulled up a horseradish root and planted it between this bed and bed 1. I also planted some cucumber and pole beans and cantelope. We'll see how the canteloup does. My bay leaf plant that is in a pot in this space is doing great! There are tons of leaf buds on every stem of the plant, I am really happy about that since my bay leaf on the balcony looks really ill.
In bed 1, I planted canteloup, burpless cucumber zucchini, Momotaro tomato and another tomato I forgot what it was as well. I also planted basil seedlings around the tomatoes. I moved the pot with my meyer lemon tree to this be for more sun.
Bed 2 has lots of sierra lettuce growing, so I took one head home with me, and also lots of turnips growing that I forgot I planted seeds for. One if them was really huge. I planted more pole beans around the poles in this bed and they seem to do really well here. There are also lots of carrots growing in there, and giant chinese red mustard doing really well also. I had to trim back the lemon verbena and the pineapple sage as they were out of control.
Bed 3 is really a mess. So many weeds that I ran out of time. The swiss chard is huge and covering my lemongrass, so I broke off some of the leaves so that my poor little lemongrass could get some sun. The cabbages are hanging in there and so are the herbs.
My lemon thyme growing in a hanging basket is doing really well and most of the mints are coming back as well.
I ran out of light so that was it for today.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Out of the LoopI can 't believe it has been so long since I last posted anything about my garden. I have a lot of updating to do.
Today I am starting seeds, I need to make a list of what will get started. I am so late this year. Where did the last 3 months go!? It is almost April already. I have to get a move on.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Get Ready for 2nd CropBED 1
I removed a spaghetti squash today with 3 squash, so I am letting them cure now. There is one spaghetti squas vine left, but it is drying up so I will pull them soon as well.
Tomato seedlings I planted about a month or so ago are doing really well and have adapted to the garden well. This time, I have to cage them really well. The Black Brandywine in Bed 1 is really doing well. I need to remove the fennel as soon as seeds have set because it is somewhat covering my BB. I planted more bush beans in the front in Bed 1. 1 Christmas Pole Lima bean came up and is growing. The japanese cukes are growing okay but the couple of fruit on there are disformed. Anaheim peppers and white eggplant are also doing really well. Tomatillos are covered with yellow flowers and much bigger.
Momotaro tomatoes are not doing well, and need to come out. Some corn left that is dying and I need to pull those out. Roma tomatoe has lots of tiny tomatoes and needs to come out as well.
Bell peppers, all peppers are doing good. Fish peppers are coming out purple. Basil is doing good. Eggplants are doing good. Japanese eggplants are covered with fruit and the black beauty egg plants have few fruits on them. Pineapply sage is doing great. I cut it down and it is coming back well. Lemon verbena is also doing great.
Herbs are all doing well. Melon planted in the bed is growing and has one flower. Zucchini plants have zucchini and bad powdery mildew, so it may be time to pull up and replant. Jumbo Pink banana vine is huge! It brought down the shepards hook, so I am going to just let the vines sprawl on the ground. So far, I have 2 fruits on the vine growing really well. Jalapeno peppers are doing great and covered with peppers and so is shishito. Tomatoes in this bed are doing good, not really big plants but lots of fruit on the pink grapefruit. Paul Robeson has like one tomato on it.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Transition of PeppersToday I went to the garden and did some clean up. My timing with the planting peppers was great, my spacing not so great on tomatoes and eggplants but great for peppers. Here is where I am at:
1. In bed 2, I planted many peppers, tomatoes, pole beans, eggplant, corn and lettuce & some onions and garlic. In March, in between each I planted spinach to fill in the gaps and get some crops of spinach. This worked perfectly, as I was able to harvest lots and lots of spinach. As it got warmer and spinach began to bolt, the pole beans were starting to produce and produce well and fill out well. I pushed the vines down weekly so that they were thick and dense instead of just stretched out. This worked great. So, I pulled up all of the spinach to give sunlight to peppers. The green beans were doing so well that they were shading the peppers. Since production of the green bean slowed tremendously, I pulled up the green beans and my peppers are nice and green and stocky covered with leaves and some with peppers, now they will get more needed sunlight.
2. The tomatoes were not spaced so great, they are crowded (Momotaro) and while they are producing tons of tomatoes, the tomatoes are small and the plant is not looking good at all. Very yellow and brown. I don't know if it is yellow leaf curl or what, but I will be pulling it up soon after the tomatoes are ripe. The roma is covered in tomatoes, but they are tiny. They look like cherry roma tomatoes and they are starting to ripen that small. My brandywine looks terrible, I am going to just chuck it. Not a single tomato and it looks brown and is just plain bad and I planted it at the same time I planted the Momotaro.
3. Japanese eggplants producing continuously. Something ate a whole in one of my black beauty eggplants. I should have limited eggplants to 2 of each instead of planting allmost all of each pony pack.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Built TrellisesToday I had to build 2 trellises, 1 for the cucumbers and the other for the squash, although I still need another trellis for some other squash.
I pulled up the cannas growing along the north wall and pulled up the lettuce, celery, spinach & cabbages. In its place, I put 1 pink grapefruit tomato an done paul robeson, I think.
The corn did not do well at all, borers were inside of every ear so I had to pull that up as well which was heart breaking. None of the corn survived the borers. I also planted a black cherry tomato in place of the bibb lettuce in bed 4.
The string beans are starting to give out, bush and pole, but it has been a truly great season for both.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
LettuceThe lettuce I potted in the window boxes is far bigger and better than what I planted in the ground. The lettuce in the ground is still very tiny, but the lettuce potted up is huge and doing great.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Angel Face RoseEven though the bush it self is still very small, I got my first Angel Face rose. It smells heavenly. Here it is sandwiched between the bean patch and the lettuce window boxes.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
More plantingToday I planted some peppers, I lost the stick with the name so I don't know what they are but I started them from seed. I also planted the sumter cukes in long window boxes along the pathway.
I pulled up some of the chinese red mustards and did a lot of weeding. Red sierra lettuce in pots is doing way better than in the ground.
I also planted some Christmas Lima Pole beans in beds 1, 2 & 3 around shepard hooks. I also planted Fordhook 242 bush limas in the box with the lemon boy tomato. Also stuck garlic cloves around the garden.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Earth Boxes Potted UpToday I planted a few things. I put 3 sugar crunch cukes and 2 white bush scallop squash in 1 earth box. I put dragons tongue seeds in the window boxes along the pathway.
Potatoes are coming up nicely. I am harvesting string beans daily now, as well as spinach. I had to put down more Corey's for the snails and slugs making holes in everything. I also planted two irises that I got at the roundup.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Planted lots of SquashToday I planted seedlings for squash:
Pink banana, lakota, bush butternut and buttercup. I also planted an earthbox with cocozelle squash and
I planted lemon cukes along the walkway, honeydew melons in bed 1.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Nothing SpecialI watered the garden today. Everything looks great. The blackberries didn't make it though. I replaced one with blueberries and the other I will remove. Tomato seedlings I planted the other day are doing well and holding up just fine. Seems they are really getting accolated to the garden.
The rose bush planted among the corn in the bean patch is sending out stems, which I wasn't sure it would. My other rose in Bed 4 along the path still isn't doing much. My angel face has lots of leaves as does my Chicago Peace.
Monday, May 7, 2007
Planted TomatoesToday I went to the garden and planted some tomato seedlings. I planted: Black Brandywines (2) and a Paul Robeson. The seedlings were small, so I will see how they do. I seem to have a better handle on the snails. I put down some Correy, and have been removing snails as I see them.
All of the herbs in the hanging baskets had started to turn red, but after adding the fish fertilizer to the pots a couple of days ago, they are all starting to turn green again.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Planted ParsnipsToday in addition to watering the garden, I also planted some parsnips seeds in the top portion of the potato tower.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Garden WorkToday I finally finished the walkway. I moved the potato growing structure I built to be next to the stairs.
I also put in the poles for the cucumber trellis in bed 1. Bed 4 I planted 2 blackberry bushes given to me by Golan, and I also planted the grapes.
I planted all of the bibb lettuce around the blackberries and grapes to get a quick harvest. I also removed all of the cabbages from Bed 2 and replaced with sierra lettuce given to me by Golan. I planted 2 window boxes with 4 sierra lettuces each to compare to those being grown in the ground.
In bed 1, I planted the 2 spaghetti squash and 12 romaine lettuces. I put spinach in between the squash in Bed 3 and also planted basil throughout beds 3 & 2 around the tomatoes in each. I potted up the gallon of oregano othat I bought yesterday, and also put the candymint into a hanging basket. I spread fish fertilizer throughout the garden in all of the beds and hanging baskets.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
ShoppingToday I went to Moneta's and Rainbow Nurseries. I purchased:
2 cell packs of basil $2.00
3 cell packs of bibb lettuce
2 cell packs of romaine lettuce'
1 cell pack of Caribbean Red Peppers
1 cell pack of Cilantro $1.99
2 cell packs of spinach
1 Candy Mint $1.99
2 Spaghetti Squash
1 cell pack of Japanese cucumber
I also bought a bunch of seeds from both places for:
Jumbo Pink Banana Squash
Marveille of Four Seansons Lettuce
Scotch Bonnet Peppers
Scalet Emperor Bean
Tom Thumb Lettuce
Parris Island Romaine
Royal Chantenay Carrot
Roma II Bush Bean
Fordhook 242 Bean
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Garden WorkToday, I went to the garden and pulled out all of the broccoli, cauliflower, and some of the cabbages. I planted cucumbers and squash. Cucumbers in Bed 1 and Squash in bed 3.
I also planted some bush bean seeds and some black eyed pea seeds.
I harvested a bunch of spinach and red mustards. I staked and caged the momotaro tomatoes and brandywines and some of the peppers.
I watered really well and pulled weeds.
Monday, March 12, 2007
PurchaseToday I purchased a dwarf Kishu Tangerine tree from Moneta's. I also purchased a 15 gallon container for it to go in.
Saturday, March 10, 2007
WorkToday was community work day. I hauled bricks and weeded for a couple of hours, then worked on my space and walked around.
Saturday, March 3, 2007
Planted New ItemsToday I planted corn, bok choi, pineapple sage (2), lemon verbena in bed 2 & applemint (in hanging basket).
Monday, February 5, 2007
Today's ChoresToday was a gorgeous 80 degree + day! It was so beautiful, and the ocean looked so wonderful. I met another neighboor in the plot directly in front of me, and luckily, he was extremely nice as are all of my immediate neighboors. I planted more seedlings in Bed 1:
Broccoli - 12
Cauliflower - 6
Collards - 6
Mustards - 6
Sugar Snap Peas - 9
fennel - 4
I have to prepare hanging baskets for some herbs.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Planted More SeedlingToday I planted more seedlings that I started at home. Bok choi, red mustard, fennel and cauliflower. I gave Holly next to me some of the bok choi and a pellet of orange thyme.
I watered really well.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
WateredToday I watered the garden. Maurice gave me some bok choi and chinese chives.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Put out some seedlingsToday I planted out a few seedlings in the first box that I am setting up.
I planted sugar snap peas, lettuce, cabbage red & green, spinach, celery, kale. I need to fix the board frames for the beds.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Eric & MeToday, I had help from my friend Eric so I got a lot done. He insisted that we completely level the area and fill it meticulously with compost. I made so many trips up and down the hill to the compost bin, at least 20, which is at a 150 foot incline. But hey, I have my garden so I'm not complaining.
The thyme plants I pulled up turned out to be 2 different thyme, lemon thyme and french thyme. I also found a sage plant which I split in half and gave one to one of my neighboors and I also gave her half of the thyme and an oregano plant that I found hiding underneath all of the debris.
I bought 8x8x16" cinder blocks to put every few feet in the pathways, so that I can plant small things like radishes and small carrots in the openings. I am using my space to the fullest.
Sunday, I went to Target and the whole gardening center was on clearance. I was able to get 6 double shepard hooks for only $4.45! I couldn't believe it. I also got my self watering hanging baskets from Walmart, some new gloves, and a really cute gardening bag, oh and a couple of really nice metal rust resistant folding chairs that were regularly $29 each, all for under $50.00! Then since that was such a great find, my friend Eric and I went to another Target where we were able to load up on some gorgeous pots for $4-$8! These planters were huge 22"-30" and regularly $40 and up! 24" extra deep window boxes were only $1.48 I don't know what I am going to do with all of them, but I'll figure it out.
Saturday, January 6, 2007
More Work & SeedsToday, I cleared out all of the wood and turned over the dirt, tomorrow I will lay out my beds. One of my neighboors gave me one of her sweet potatoes she grew. It is the most beautiful sweet potato. She told me to cut off the end with all of the roots and plant it, which I will do tomorrow.
Also, I dug up more bulbs which turned out to be Amarylis bulbs (Belladonna) which came to a total of 31 bulbs, and also there were a ton of Dahlia tubers planted which I dug up. I will pull up the 2 French Thyme plants and the rosemary plant. The lady who gave me the sweet potato suggested I pot up the bay leaf as she says they grow so big.
I went to Walmart yesterday, and most of the new seeds that I wanted from Burpee, they had for only $.97 and $1.50! I am so glad I waited on placing that order.
Thursday, January 4, 2007
First Day in the GardenI worked in my new plot yesterday, and cleared out the gigantic cannas that were growing in one corner, cut back the neighboors salvia that had taken over a bout a couple of feet of my space, and low and behold, underneath all of the dead salvia was a bay leaf plant! Small but very healthy and covered with leaves. I also have a rosemary bush and some sage that the previous owner left behind.
The plot actually measures17', so I am a little confused on how I am going to set it up and arrange it. I had a bunch of ideas, but then when I got there yesterday the size and the way its currently laid out threw me off completely.
Sunday, December 31, 2006
Got a New Plot!Today I went to see and sign up for the plot in Ocean View Farms, it is such a beautifull community garden, and huge...4 acres of plots, it is really nice. Everyones space is so beautiful, and people are growing a nice variety of things.
My space needs a lot of work though, and I have to design my layout, but I am totally excited though. You can actually see the ocean from the top of the garden. I am right in the middle, and it looks as though I get really great light all day long.
What I noticed is that sugar snap peas and pole beans as well as corn do really well in the garden.
I can get the garden ready for planting by the 15th of January, so I will start seeds tomorrow for greens and things.
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