Here is a post that is a couple weeks late.
I was a bit worried this year that I might not find sweet potato plants. A friend from work and I usually keep an eye out and buy them locally when we see them. After striking out at the usual spots I was finally able to find some. I have to say, these plants look to be some of the best we have had. Time will tell if they actually produce in the fall.
These were planted Memorial Day Weekend, May 28th.
Finally found some sweet potato plants at one of the local Lowes
Decent looking sweet potato plants this year
Deep hole for the tall plants
Just the top leaves are left above ground
All 12 plants planted
This post marks the 300th post to Matt’s Garden Blog!
Who would have thought all those many years ago that I’d still be writing posts about that small patch of ground in the back corner of the yard. My first post was all the way back in early April 2010. The posts were not as detailed or consistent back then (that hasn’t really changed) and the images were not quite as clear. The first image posted was a couple weeks after the blog was established using a now old and retired iPhone 3G.
First garden image posted to the blog.
The gardens have certainly grown and evolved since then. Most notable expansions are the two new garden beds and the perimeter fencing.
Installing the two new expansion beds
Garden with new perimeter fence
I’ve tried to grow a few different vegetables over the years. I tired Broccoli a couple times, Brussels Sprouts a few years, Carrots most years, Lima Beans a couple, Onions most of the time recently, Yukon Potatoes once, Spinach quite a few times, Sunflowers, Sweet Corn for the second year, Sweet Potatoes quite a bit recently and Yellow Squash pretty consistently now that I started.
The permanent fixtures of the garden have been the Cucumbers, Green Beans, Lettuce, Radish, Tomatoes, Snap Peas and Zucchini.
I have to admit, if someone asked be how long I have been updating this garden blog, I would not have believed that this is now the start of the seventh year. Will I make another 300 posts and/or seven years? I guess you’ll have to stay tuned/subscribed and find out.
Earlier this week on one of the rainy days, I made a quick check on the garden. Everything seemed okay until I noticed a raised ridge of dirt and gravel between two of the beds. After a further survey of the area, I found more tunnels leading out the back of the garden through the yard to the nearby utility box and then on to the neighbors yard and flower beds. So far at least, it/they don’t seem to be actually damaging any of the vegetable plants but are starting to make a mess of the garden. A brief search online seems to indicate that they eat insects. Hopefully the repellent will encourage them to move on to another yard.
Small mole hill beside the raised bed
Disturbed soil along side of raised bed
Another mole hill at a corner of a raised bed
Always exciting to get the first harvest from the garden. This past week I picked radishes on Wednesday and and some lettuce for a salad on Thursday. I’ll once again have plenty of lettuce so if any of you who are nearby need some let me know.
First harvest of 2017, a bunch of radishes
First lettuce of the year.
After a very cold morning, the garden seemed to do well enough. In addition to getting the garden supports all back in place, I also decided it was time to put in a second planting of green beans. This time I planted a single row of bush green beans between the bean and pea towers.
Bush Green Beans to supplement the pole beans
The cucumbers were also not looking happy and I already lost one of the plants and one of the seedlings. I planted a few more seeds in the hopes that the warmer weather now will be kinder to them.
The rest of the garden is looking pretty good. Below are a few status updates.
Tomato glad to be past the frost and ready for the 80s next week
Sweet corn a bit patchier than I would like
Lettuce and radish looking good
Onions perked up
Peas still looking good. I think they liked the cooler weather.
Here is the cost of planting early. A freeze Warning has been issued for tonight with forecasted lows of 32 degrees. As a result, the garden looks like a shanty town with makeshift tents made of old sheets and buckets.
Reuse before recycling
Garden all tucked in for the night. Sleep warm.
A quick check on the garden tonight and I was happy to see some more plants emerging. No need to write a big preamble here, the pictures and captions should suffice.
Nice circle of peas
First sign of a green bean
Zucchini from seed has made an appearance
Sweet Corn has also joined the party
Brandy Boy tomatoes are looking a nice shade of green
Lettuce started indoors has started to look good this week