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
A quick check on the garden tonight and even though it was a bit cooler and cloudy today, the garden seems to be off to a decent start. New plants sprouting and the early planted plants are not looking worse and in most cases actually improving. Once we get through a chilly morning tomorrow, the weather looks to warm up and get sunnier so I am anticipating some more good growing days ahead.
First Pea plant has emerged
Just three days in the ground and here are the radishes already
Lettuce sprouts are also making an appearance
This Brandy Boy tomato seems to be enjoying its new home. Nice and greed with new leaves already starting.
Zucchini with a bloom already.
Not sure what to make of the early blooming zucchini plants. I wonder if it is perhaps a sign of distress. I guess it is possible starting them inside earlier than I should have as well as being cramped into the smaller container messed up its development cycle.
Another great day today and I decided to roll the dice and go all in with planting the garden. The 10 day forecast has nothing colder than 44 degrees and many more days in the 70s and even 80s. So, after work I went out to the garden and got to planting.
- Pole green beans
- Zucchini plants and seeds
- Cucumber plants and seeds
- Yellow squash seeds
- Sweet corn
Most of these are just repeats of the tried and true from previous years. I will record a bit more details about the Sweet Corn since this is just year two and last year didn’t go as well as I would have hoped. This years variety is Kandy Korn. Lesson number one from last year was to not over plant and make sure to leave a little room for the plants to grow. This year I cut back on the number of seeds I planted and have about 18 seeds planted in each of the four rows. I also tried to stagger the seeds by placing the adjacent row’s seeds in the middle of the two neighbors.
According to the Kale seed packet, it is recommended to plant it in a container. I retrieved one of the old pots from the garden and planted some Kale in it. I will follow up in a couple weeks with a second back to try and extend the harvest a bit.
Pole beans planted around the bean tower
Zucchini home for 2017. Plants in back, seeds up front.
Cucumbers. Three plants and four seeds planted.
Sweet Corn. This year’s variety is Kandy Korn.
Watering the seeds