Sunday, September 29, 2019

Fall/Winter Garden 2019 - September 29 Two more garden beds done!

I've been working non-stop the past two days to get more of the fall/winter garden in. I've finished Bed C2 with kales, beets and some more onions/garlic. 

If it looks like I'm packing it in in these beds, that's because I am. I don't want to give weeds a chance to see daylight! Also, this may sound like a lot of kale, but there's only one foot of each variety. I have so many and I love kale, so why not!

Bed C2:



Today I planted Bed C3:

Hong Tai Pak Choy - Facebook Garden Group
Yellow Heart Choy - Facebook Garden Group
Extra Dwarf Pak Choy - saved seeds
Ching Chang Bok Choy - Facebook Garden Group
Shanghai Choy Facebook Garden Group
Red Venture Celery - Trade Winds Fruit
Tendercrisp Celery - Facebook Garden Group
Red Mountain Celtuce - Facebook Garden Group
Verona Red Chicory - Seedsnow.com
Rhubarb Swiss Chard - Burpee
Kohlrabi, Early White Vienna - Facebook Garden Group
Carrots, Red Rose - Nikitovka Seeds
Carrots, Dances on Fire - Nikitovka Seeds
Carrots, Shin Karoda - Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Carrots, Krasnyv Velkan - Nikitovka Seeds
Blushing Bunching Onion - Burpee

Only one more bed, C4, to do later this coming week. Tomorrow I plan to finish the Squash House. The peas are already coming up!







Friday, September 27, 2019

Fall/Winter Garden 2019 - September 27 One bed down, three to go!

Well, I finished putting in the C1 yesterday. The heat is still just brutal. I can only be out there for about an hour at a time.  

I finished planting all of the spinach:


At the end of the bed I finished up with some shallot/onions:



A few of the peas are already starting to show up!

The second bed is filled (thanks to John!) and ready to go - I'll be planting it on Saturday!


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Fall/Winter Garden 2019 - September 24 Finally Started!

I've officially planted out for the first time -- that felt so good to get started! John's been working on the new raised beds in Garden C for me. 


We had to basically do a restart in that bed since it's the one that drowned in the Spring and weeds just took over. There will be three 3'x8' beds and one 3'x10' bed there. 

While he's been doing that, I've reworked the soil (adding new soil and my mix of bat guano, worm castings and azomite rock dust) in the Squash house and started planting the fall peas:


I'm hoping I'm not too early with these peas since its still so hot, but there is shade on the squash house, so hopefully they won't suffer.

I planted a few greens along the outside of the larger beds in front of the peas:


It was very hot and humid today, so only got 1/2 of the first bed done, and one side of the Squash house.  More tomorrow. Trying to beat the heat by going out early and again late in the day, but it's still been unbearable. 


Spinach planted today in bed C1:


I have my little cole plants under the shade of the peach tree right now, and they seem to be happy there. They're putting on their second (and third) leaves and hopefully will be ready to plant out next month. I'll be giving them a dose of HastaGrow this week to keep them happy.

And finally, I started about 24 cells of various herbs last week and they're starting to break through.  I have them on the side porch, and will be transplanting them, as they show up, into larger cups soon! Most likely these will be in the greenhouse all winter.



More garden progress tomorrow!



Sunday, September 1, 2019

Fall/Winter Garden - September 1, 2019

Today was an exciting day, I started some of the seedlings for the fall garden!
Cauliflower, Amazing - Baker Creek 
Cauliflower, Candid Charm (F1) - Territorial Seeds
Cauliflower, Green Macerata - Baker Creek

Cabbage, Chiriman Hakusai - garden group 
Cabbage, Pai Tsai - garden group
Cabbage, Red Dragon (F1) - garden group 
Cabbage, Cour Di Bue - garden group
Cabbage, Golden Acres - garden group
Cabbage, Copenhagen Market - garden group

Broccoli, Raab - garden group
Broccoli, Calabrese - The Seed Guy

Choy Sum, Purple - garden group
Cauliflower, Snowball - The Seed Guy

These trays are inside now, it's just too hot in the greenhouse right now. Once they sprout, I'll put out in the potting garden in the shade and they should be fine! Looking forward to putting in the fall garden in a few weeks!

End of the Spring/Summer Garden

Not the most productive garden I've ever had, but considering the over-abundance of rain in the early spring, John's multiple trips to the hospital, and the under-abundance of rain in the summer, I was lucky to get anything! My biggest regret is letting the weeds take over, it's been hard to wrangle the garden back from them.

We had a terrible fruit year - the peaches were barely there. Very few mulberries and elderberries. A fairly nice blackberry year, though, it was a bright spot!

Tomatoes, just about 76 pounds! Happy with them this year, so hopefully I can build on what we did this year!

Here's my end of the season list:
Produce Type Variety Pounds Ounces
Beans All Dried Types 6.00 14.00 4.00
Beans Jade 5.00 10.00 4.00
Beans Japanese Sword Beans 0.00 9.00 6.00
Beans Purple Velour 0.00 0.00 1.00
Beets Golden
Beets Chiogga
Beets Red Cloud
(Combined all beets) 3.00 6.00 6.00
Celery Kintasi Chinese  0.00 0.00 3.00
Celery Pink Plume 0.00 1.00 1.00
Celery Red Venture 0.00 1.00 2.00
Cowpeas Reagan Crowder
Cowpeas Sugar Daddy
(Combined all cowpeas) 0.00 14.00 3.00
Cucumber 0.00 4.00 2.00
Eggplant Little Prince 1.00 1.00 3.00
Okra Mixed Volunteers 0.00 15.00 8.00
Onion Bunching 0.00 0.00 8.00
Pepper, Hot Aji Cachucha 0.00 5.00 2.00
Pepper, Hot Aji Jobito 0.00 0.00 8.00
Pepper, Hot Big Jim Hatch 0.00 3.00 1.00
Pepper, Hot Black, Small 0.00 0.00 6.00
Pepper, Hot Feher Ozon 0.00 12.00 6.00
Pepper, Hot Frigitello 0.00 13.00 7.00
Pepper, Hot Jalapeno (Unknown) 0.00 11.00 1.00
Pepper, Hot Shishito 0.00 12.00 4.00
Pepper, Hot Spanish Padron 2.00 6.00 7.00
Pepper, Hot Total Eclipse 1.00 11.00 1.00
Pepper, Sweet Criolla de Cocina 0.00 9.00 2.00
Pepper, Sweet Doe Hill 1.00 10.00 9.00
Pepper, Sweet JR Pepper 0.00 0.00 7.00
Pepper, Sweet Leysa 0.00 1.00 4.00
Pepper, Sweet Leibsefpel 1.00 4.00 0.00
Radish Mixed 0.00 0.00 2.00
Squash Black Beauty Zucchini 0.00 8.00 2.00
Squash Yellow Crookneck 1.00 1.00 7.00
Tomatillo Gigante Verde 0.00 13.00 0.00
Tomato Aussie 0.00 14.00 5.00
Tomato Black from Tula 4.00 11.00 6.00
Tomato Butter Apple 11.00 7.00 7.00
Tomato Early Susubakus Aliana 5.00 9.00 0.00
Tomato Faelan's First Snow 0.00 3.00 3.00
Tomato Holy Land 0.00 5.00 5.00
Tomato Hundreds and Thousands 1.00 6.00 7.00
Tomato Kumato 4.00 5.00 5.00
Tomato Michalyk 3.00 12.00 8.00
Tomato McMurray 0.00 4.00 8.00
Tomato Monkey's Ass 3.00 10.00 6.00
Tomato Persimmon 0.00 4.00 6.00
Tomato Pink Stuffer 8.00 1.00 8.00
Tomato Pink Thai Egg 7.00 11.00 9.00
Tomato Pinnochio Orange 0.00 0.00 2.00
Tomato Purple Bumblebee 3.00 2.00 0.00
Tomato Spoon 0.00 3.00 9.00
Tomato Sweet Millions 4.00 6.00 9.00
Tomato Texas Wild Cherry 0.00 10.00 9.00
Tomato Tomatoberry 3.00 7.00 4.00
Tomato Valentine 9.00 2.00 7.00
Tomato Volunteer Red Grape 0.00 4.00 1.00
Tomato White Currant 0.00 9.00 0.00
Tomato Yellow Micro-Dwarf 0.00 1.00 9.00
Tomato Zapotec 1.00 7.00 8.00
Watermelon Sugar Daddy 3.00 11.00 7.00
FRUIT
Peach Loring
Peach Red Skin
Peach Sam Houston 7.00 11.00 2.00
Peach Rio Grande (3) 1.00 9.00 6.00
Peach LaFeliciana
Peach TexStar (2) 4.00 8.00 8.00
Apple Gala
Apple Pink Lady
Nectarine Suncoast (2)
Plum Methley 3.00 2.00 0.00
Plum Gulf Beauty (2)
Plum Santa Rosa (2)
Loquat Japanese Plum
Elderberries York (2) 2.00 1.00 6.00
Elderberries Adams (2)
Elderberries American
Elderberries Sampo
Blackberries Brazos
Blackberries Chester Thornless (1) 2.00 6.00 4.00
Blackberries Aztec Thornless (5)
Blackberries Sweetie Pie Thornless (3)
Blackberries Arapaho Thornless (2)
Raspberries Black (3)
Raspberries Glencoe Thornless (2)
Fig Brown Turkey
Mulberry Dwarf Everbearing (2) 0.00 0.00 1.00
Mulberry Russian (1)
Pear Orient
Pear Warren
Pecans Choctaw (2)
Pecans Pawnee
Pecans Kiowa
Strawberries Everbearing 0.00 12.00 3.00
Lime Key Lime Tree 0.00 0.00 4.00
Grapes
136 lbs.3.9 ounces

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Garden Log --- March 10, 2019

There are 8 tomato plants in their permanent place in the garden now.  I sure hope they will be okay, I'm seeing some forecasts for this coming Friday that have me a little worried!!! Oh well, I have buckets to cover them if needed, but I sure hope the forecasts are wrong (and they usually are.) 


The tomatoes that went in are Butter Apple (a yellow full sized tomato), Purple Bumblebee (blue red cherry), Monkey's Ass (a full sized red), and Sweet Millions (small red cherry).  
A few of the cherry tomatoes have a harvest date of 55 days from transplant, so hopefully we'll be getting some tomatoes by early May! Finger's crossed! 🤞

On Saturday I planted all of the beet seeds, too.  They are:






I have some bunching onions at the edge of this bed - one stand has been there all winter and I put in another two that I've been babying along in the greenhouse. 

Today I added another row in the lettuce tower, except I planted dwarf blue scotch kale in them. The first little lettuce seedlings are starting to show up!
John took down the temporary shelter he had created for me this winter around the outside gazebo. It did such a great job of keeping everything alive.  The fig tree really liked it in there, we counted 10 little figs on it!  I spent part of the day refreshing most of these pots that were in there, adding soil and fertilizer.
I did the same with the Key Lime tree. It's blooming already, but some of the leaves are yellow, so it needs some TLC.  The Mayan Spinach, which has started to send out some nice shoots, needs a bigger pot - the roots have busted out of the bottom of the one it is in. I'll have to get one this week.  And finally I planted the Moringa tree. Not sure how it will do - there are no leaves on it, but the stalk is still green and supple, so we'll see.  

The first of the Swiss Chard is coming up!

More from the garden tomorrow!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Garden Log --- March 8, 2019

Okay, so, I jumped the gun and went ahead and planted out some of the peppers and tomatoes. I sure hope I don't regret this, but.... I couldn't wait another day! ha!  

I'm trying some of those felt grow bags this year.  They're pretty inexpensive, so we'll see how they do.  They're cloth, so hopefully they won't dry out too fast, but John will fix them up with a drip, so they should be okay.  One has two Shishito pepper plants in it, and the other has two Friggitello pepper plants in it. 
 Two Friggitello peppers (Sweet)

I started planting in the new tomato row, first a full sized red tomato (Aussie), followed by a red cherry tomato (Valentine), then a brown full sized tomato (Black From Tulia), and finally another red cherry (Tomatoberry). They're planted two feet apart. 
 Tomatoberry (Hybrid)
 Aussie
These seedlings have developed some nice roots!

Saturday I'll be putting in some more if it doesn't rain too much. We're expecting some rain during the night, if at all.