|General Lee Cucumber (the history nerd in me loves this)|
|OutRedgeous lettuce is gorgeous!|
|Basil - the only crop I could count on in previous years|
|A plethora of pots|
I've tried to separate each kind of plant so there's at least one in the garden and one in a pot. That way SOMETHING should survive in case of drought, pests, disease, what have you. For example, the kale planted in my raised bed has been devoured by white moth caterpillars (those small, bright green ones), whereas the kale in the pot has only been lightly nibbled. It's probably a little early to really know, but I'm feeling pretty good about harvest prospects.
Here's my complete growing list:
- Pie Pumpkins
- Butternut Squash
- Tomatoes - Roma, Chocolate Cherry, Yellow Pear, Roma Cherry, and Brandywine
- Peppers - Poblano, Apple, Sweet Yellow, Sweet Italian Red
- Pod Peas
- Snap Peas
- Pole Beans
- Potatoes - will go in when the garlic comes up in a few weeks
- Greens - OutRedgeous and Bibb lettuces, Spinach
- Herbs - Basil, Sage, Rosemary, Chives, Dill, Thyme, Parsley, Mint
|Garlic - will be ready in a few weeks.|
You know to pick when 1/2 the leaves
|From left: rosemary, sage, and dill|
I also have the same herbs planted directly into the garden,
but I plan on bringing these inside as soon as it gets cold.
We've already made full meals out of the lettuces and kale. We've picked some pretty beautiful radishes and I've used all of the herbs in some way or another - in bread, on fish, dip, etc. I've tried to sow successive batches of many crops a few weeks apart so that we can enjoy our harvest throughout the summer (another move I'm trying). Here's hoping it all works out! For now, I'll just enjoy looking at how magnificent it all is!
|I'm growing my lettuces between rows of trellised green beans. |
As the beans grow, they will shade the cool-weather greens, at least until they bolt.
|Pod Peas - can you see the pod forming with the flowers?|
|Radishes are some of the easiest and fastest crops to grow from seed!|
|As soon as you see the first flowers, you should prune the "suckers" |
(the branches that appear between the main stem and the leaves)
to promote a strong main stem and direct the plants energy to the right places.
|My pie pumpkin is taking over!|