Monday, June 13, 2016

Garden visitors

Some visitors are welcome, others... Not to much. I'm surprised to say that in terms of a garden, it's generally the less kindly viewed critters that are most welcome.  

We've had a rash of rabbits lately, mostly sampling just-about-perfectly-ripe strawberries before I can pick them.  It's been rainy, so my liquid fence attempts have been pretty unsuccessful. 

On the other hand, the huge garter snake  lurking in the grass nearby may help to keep some of my garden eaters to a minimum... 

Well, one last welcome visitor, also eating a lot of strawberries, but at least I feel this one is worth the tasty treats!

That's for now, folks! Cheers!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Tomato do-over

Well I was a little overly optimistic about our warm spring weather... We got a hard freeze last weekend and all of my tomatoes perished.  

So, after the weather cleared and I double checked the forecast, I re-planted new tomato plants late last week. I didn't get exactly the same varieties, so here's what I ended up with: 4 brandyboys, 1 Fourth of July, and one sun sugar (yellow grape variety). All hybrids, so it's a bit out of character for me, but the brandyboys last summer were every bit as tasty as brandywine and at least twice as hardy.

Everything else survived the frigid weather, and is coming along nicely. My zucchini and squash have even germinated already.  I anticipate we will be eating plenty of fresh lettuce, spinach, and snap peas within the next month. Maybe even some strawberries!

Here are the photo updates: 

Spinach, lettuce, and the new tomatoes:


Snap peas:


We will keep our fingers crossed that I don't have to repeat another tomato burial.  Happy gardening!  Cheers!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Progress report

I got a little daring and went ahead and planted my whole garden over the weekend... Including tomatoes. Fingers crossed that we don't get any more snow! 

In the first bed, lettuce and spinach has already come up, and I've planted 2 brandywine tomatoes, 1 Roma, 1 sun sugar, which is a yellow cherry tomato variety, and a new one- Independence Day- a smaller fruited early variety.  I have a spot reserved for a Brandyboy as well.  Seeds waiting to come up are kale, Brussels sprouts, cukes, and my zucchini, Cozelle.  

The strawberries are coming right along. 

And in the far bed, the snap peas are up, along with a few carrots. Waiting for beets, butternut squash, and my favorite Fortex green beans. 


Friday, April 22, 2016

Alas, spring

It's been a very long time since I've updated this blog! Since the last post, we've had s baby, moved to a new home, and acquired a few more animals... 

The first plantings of 2016 went in a week ago: carrots, snap peas, lettuce, spinach, kale, and Brussels sprouts. So far just a little bit of kale and lettuce (or was that the spinach I planted there?) have come up. 

I've got big plans for my garden this year with some varieties I've really come to love! On the list of hopefuls for the season- Fortex green beans- a pole variety I grew last year, stellar crunch, no stringiness at all.  Brandywine- my absolute favorite tomato, and it's hybrid son, Brandyboy- a more tolerant but still delicious tomato recommended by a coworker. Fourth of July- a small fresh eating tomato also recommended by a coworker- he was bringing in buckets of them to work last summer to share. Fantastic snack!  And finally- cozelle- a summer squash variety that is tasty and so productive. I learned my lesson last year, that while I've become creative to figure out many new ways to use zucchini, ONE plant is enough!  Well anyway, that's a month off before anyone will see evidence of these varieties existing in the garden!  Happy planting!