After detailing the war that has been ravaging portions of my garden in yesterdays post, I thought I would return my posts back to the bright side of things. The chard that I’ve been eating at least twice a week is doing great, still growing in wondrous colors. It’s very cool to pick and eat colorful food, and it’s an added bonus to an already healthy meal. The chard I planted last spring is just now going to seed, and I’m trying to help the plants with lots of water as they give their last energy to a new generation of possibility. I’ll do my best to collect as much seed as possible, and distribute it to fellow gardeners.
My seven rows of Yukon Gold potatoes are doing great. The first flowers have formed on a few plants. When the flowers disappear, the plants will begin production of my favorite spuds. There were three shorter rows of potatoes last year, and they lasted nearly to February. Seven rows should provide enough golden goodness to last all winter and have enough seed potatoes for next year.
This year I forgot to start some Tomatillo seedlings in the greenhouse, but Mother Nature decided to start some for me, and they are located all over the garden. The plants that do not get misidentified as weeds should grow to carry the green colored tomato-like food. I’ll then make it a point to save seeds this year.
My lettuce patch is doing great, and I really think the puppy within 30 feet of these leafy greens is the primary reason why. The endive I’ve planted further away is being nibbled down to nothing, so I know the critters have an appetite for lettuce. I’ve been trying to keep this area of the garden as free of weeds as possible. In the photo you can see how much trouble I’ve had controlling the grass.
I took a shot from one end of the garden, looking down towards the opposite edge. A good deal of the green in the photo is comprised of weeds, but I’m keeping them shorter then the garden plants, and many of my family members are beginning to help with the pest plant control. I even had help from two of my niece’s friends.
In one week, I’ll be busy digging holes, and shuffling plants. I am a bit nervous though, the other day I was picking grass for my Egg Laying chickens, and I hurt my back. It’s not too bad, though the pain can be quite intense, and I’m more upset that I hurt it while picking grass then anything. I’m concerned that It might not be better in time for planting. I have a few offers to help, and I’m sure they will come throught, but I really don’t think my helpers are going to be very happy if they turn out to be the main planters. I’ll work throught the pain if I must, as I’ve planted three more rows of lettuce while barking throught the pain.
There is a “super macro” setting on my camera that is used for very close photos. Using this feature, detail that is normally hidden jumps out. Notice the drops of water clinging to the edges of the starter leaves. Next year, I think I’ll give them four or five weeks in the greenhouse rather then three.
The Cantaloupe is growing a bit faster then the cucumbers, above, you can see the second true leaves forming.
I also took the time to measure some of my taller tomato plants. They all seem to be stalled in growth at about 16 Inches tall…. Some of them are even beginning to set flowers ! Before having the greenhouse, my tallest plants were about a foot tall, and they were spindly.
It’s been a slow rainy weekend, so I thought I would post some pictures I’ve taken in the greenhouse. Above is one of my Yellow Stuffer tomatoes. The stem on this gem is nearly the thickness of a pencil ! And it’s not just the type of tomato, this greenhouse is making everything grow like I’m an expert, I love it.
Here are some Tomatillos, otherwise known as “Mexican Husk Tomatoes”. Last year when I grew these in my house, they got very long stems and had small leaves.
Red Brandywine Tomatoes above, with Potato leaves. These guys always confuse the non-gardening types. They seem to look at them as if they are blue colored radishes.
I find it really odd how a plant like a tomato can have so many varied types of leaves. Each variety has a different pattern, with different growth styles.
I planted Cucumbers a week or so ago, and they are just now growing out their baby leaves. So, all in all everything is planted, and it’s all growing above my expectations. In about three weeks, it will be time to plant all of these green growing crystals. I’ve scheduled a week of Vacation time to plant them, so I have from May 29th to June 6th to get them in the ground.