Monthly Archives: May 2011

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I succeeded in transplanting a bunch of onion chives from a friend’s garden today. I placed it directly across the walking path from the garlic chives, next to the garden box with onions. Down the side of the garden box, nearest the walking path, I planted some Parsley seeds, starting about 8 inches from the left end, they are spaced 6 inches apart (a hand’s length). I am noting this here for reference when they start to come up – to discern between parsley and weeds! I also planted 3 clusters of zinnias there, spaced about 16 inches apart (one on each end and in the middle).

I was pleased to find the onions starting to grow shoots, nearly every radish had sprouted, the tops of the beets were starting to poke through, and the lettuce is coming up! I also staked the older peas (they are about 3 inches tall), and put a “lead-line” to the trellis for them. The newer peas are just starting to pop up through the soil. There are no signs of the parsnips and carrots, as of yet.

Hopefully out of all of this heat and rain will come good things!

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Planting and such…

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We were very lucky to have Tom and his handy-dandy tractor rototiller come out to the farm and till up the garden for us! Whoo hoo! I am totally envisioning great harvests there!

Pics will be up soon – we are going to rototill one more time after yesterday’s till – it rained, so we are going to let it soak in to the freshly tilled ground.

Also, our grape vines are budding! I thought they had died, and they are finally budding!

Peas, carrots, lettuce and radishes!

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Garden box #2 down! One big one to go! Also have to plant the edges of the boxes, although I have not quite decided what to plant and where.

I planted two varieties of radish – “Easter Egg Blend”, which is a leftover from last year, and “French Breakfast” radishes.

Then I planted two small rows of lettuce – the row on the left has a leaf lettuce blend, and the row on the right has a mesclun blend. Mmm. I’m going to devote a whole paragraph to the lettuce, simply because every time I have tried home-grown lettuce, it bolts or wilts, or both. Ick. So, basically, with the mesclun, you can plant it close, not thin it, and cut it when the lettuces are about 2 inches tall. Baby lettuce salad! My favorite! Apparently the mesclun will continue to grow after it is harvested by cutting it with scissors. Once it germinates, I can cut it anywhere from 1 week to 4 weeks-ish.

Then, there are the carrots. Hopefully this year they grow better, particularly since I planted them in nice loamy, well fertilized “horse” soil.

Mason helped me plant the peas… he is such an intelligent, sweet and fun little boy! I love running around with him. We concluded our garden time by taking Lucy, the mini-horse on a walk when we took him home. What fun!

Onion, parsnips and beets…

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I was finally able to plant something yesterday in the garden box! Whoooooo-hooooo! However, after planting, I noticed two things: the garden box had settled unevenly and the dirt settled at about the half-way point. Oops.

So, on 5/5/11 onion, parsnips and beets were planted.

Chiogga Beets: Germinate in 5-10 days, harvest at 50 days.

Parsnips: Germination can take up to 20 days! Harvest at about 130 days!

Yellow Onion: These I did not plant from seed – they were already started bulbs. Apparently they are ready for harvest when the top browns and falls over. Hmm…

I learned, just this year, that the same idea applies to garlic (in regards to harvest time).

Additionally, the soil is not all that spectacular – it is actually a bit heavy with clay. I pulled it out of the paddock where the horses have aided in the composting process by stirring things up anytime it gets muddy. We shall see…

Additionally, chicken eggs are now for sale! $2.50 per dozen!

Whoo hoo!

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Yesterday it was nice enough outside to go out into the garden and get some work done! Not much, but I did succeed in separating last year’s garlic and transplanting it. I also planted two rows of basil at the far end of the tomato box – a lovely mix of lemon basil, purple basil, Genovese basil and others.

I also set out the plants that were started in our bathroom “grow house” – giant pumpkin, 3 varieties of tomato, bell pepper, marigolds, malva and aster. I set them in the barn aisle, so that they were not in direct sun or wind – I did leave them out there overnight (doors closed, of course) so they’d acclimate to the cooler weather. The pumpkins were looking wilty this morning and the marigolds were kind of leaning. Hopefully they’ll come back around once they are transplanted in the fertile, horse manure-laced soil outside!

Here is a quick look at some of what has been happening in the garden:

A purple coneflower (echinacea) nestled against a border of German chammomile.

 

Snap peas sprouting adjacent to our wedding trellis.

 

The surprise peony! Growing in the middle of a group of Iris!

 

The transplanted garlic, at the near end of the tomato box... mmmm! My fave!

 

Additionally, the hens have been laying about 9 eggs per day, including 2-3 pretty blue-green Aracauna eggs! We collect our eggs daily and they go straight to the refrigerator. On the days we forget, the eggs go to the garbage… better safe than sorry!