Seeing Green

We’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a wee bit early at my house… I’ll take tomatoes and peppers over corned beef and green beer any day… and it looks like we’ll have plenty of those!DSC01270

The tomato seedlings include beefsteak, floradade and red cherry.  I also have several jalapeno plants.  Still germinating are sweet peppers and serrano hot peppers.  I have two bags of the serrano peppers in my freezer from two years ago, but it’s time to stock back up!

I decided to try starting peas indoors this year since I haven’t had luck direct sowing in spring or fall.  So far so good… I’ll give them another couple of weeks and then move to the garden.

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I also have two eggplant, two squash and one broccoli.  I planted a few more broccoli seeds since only one came up.

My trusty sidekick asked to try corn this year.  I did some research and decided to try the “three sisters” method once I can start direct sowing.  This is apparently a Native American practice that involves training beans up the corn stalks and planting squash as ground cover.  The plants feed each other important nutrients.  Another bonus… it will free up space on the trellis for what I hope will be a bountiful pea crop!

I spent time this evening researching appropriate companion plants for the varieties I plan to grow.  Also taking into consideration crop rotation, I developed the garden plan below….

Garden Plan

Next week’s tasks include adding new soil and some compost to the garden so we can start sowing carrots, radishes, peas, spinach and kale!

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Confessions of a Lazy Blogger

A year ago I found myself in the midst one of the busiest and more stressful seasons of my professional career, while also fighting a horrible virus that took its toll over eight months. Needless to say, my blog, and the garden to large extent, fell by the wayside. But what a difference a year makes. New job, clean bill of health… I’m back and ready to get my hands dirty!

Our 2015 season wasn’t a complete loss.  Okra was a pleasant surprise!

And we also produced our first carrots…

as well as cucumbers and zucchini, including this beauty (even Roscoe was impressed!):

We struggled with tomatoes and peppers (in large part due to the aforementioned disappearing plants), and I didn’t realize our edamame seeds were past their life expectancy so we came up empty there.  I also failed again with peas (what is the trick?!?!).

Now focus turns to 2016. This weekend I did a full assessment of our seeds, tossing the old and planning for the new.

 In the next few days we’ll start getting seeds in the dirt and back in their place of honor in the guest room.

I have high hopes.

 

 

 

Tomato Collapse

It was my first brief moment of panic.  We walked up to the garden to find  ALL the tomato plants had toppled over.

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Either the support poles weren’t strong enough or the tomatoes are growing at a feverish pace.  Likely a combination.  Regardless, we re-staked all of plants and added some extra poles as reinforcements.

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The good news is that none of the tomatoes were damaged and we were able to pick the first of our cherry variety.

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Delicious!

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