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Garden Map Spring/Summer

So here’s the thing – pictures and diagrams don’t do this baby justice. Mostly because you can’t see the weeds, and I didn’t write them in anywhere. Of all the crops, the weeds are by far doing the best.

But, some other things are giving them a run for their money. The onions are pretty happy, about a quarter of the tops have fallen over, and some look they’re the size of large fist. Both patches of sweet potatoes are battling the weeds head on and seem to be holding their own. The hugelkultur bed that I was so excited about, has proven to be a complete failure. My theory is not enough dirt. The squash all got squash bugs, in an attempt to save some I transplanted and heavily doused in cedar mulch. Three or four plants might make it. Nasturtiams don’t seem to be doing too much to help.

Before this map was drawn, in the North West corner, I grew early spinach and broccoli, before planting the sweet taters. All the other early crops happened in the hoop house, which now has its cover off and is just a supplementary garden space with some happy basil, more beets, and a singular tomato.

Speaking of basil – this crop is outstanding this year! I’ve finally grown enough to make absurd amounts of pesto, which is exactly what I was going for. Already I’ve harvested three times, the first was for us, mom made three double batches and filled a door shelf in the freezer. The next two harvests went to friends and family. And I need to harvest again… Ooo la la

Tomatoes are doing OK. They’re huge, but some have suffered quite a bit from our high wind escapades, some are suffering from blossom end rot – caused by a combination of calcium deficiency and too much chicken poo. I sprinkled about half the plants with bone meal hoping to be able to turn some of them around, the other half seem to be unaffected. We did get to eat our first tomato this week and it was DE-licious!

Also ate our first pepper. A little small (because I got excited and couldn’t wait any longer) and a little chewy, but not bitter! Should have a bunch more after the sun comes out after the rain this week.

And the one you’ve all been waiting for I’m sure is the Beet Update. Hanging on to the edges of your seats I know. Just how many did we harvest this week? Another full mail container, probably somewhere around 40 beets. Put up 6 quart jars, and have a big container in the fridge. God we love beets.


About mudly

Mud is main blog writer extraordinaire, picture guru, and the garden and adventure instigator. She loves to cook, but doesn’t much like following a recipe. She also loves typewriters, the color turquoise, and wearing tie dye with stripes. And she dorks out on while dreaming up and planning her next garden.

4 comments on “Garden Map Spring/Summer

  1. meka
    July 12, 2012

    Mmmmm….beets!! My garden is only growing weeds this year so in my book you are beyond a complete success by lightyears!! I have read that Epsom salt can help keep bugs away. You probably already know that, but I thought it was interesting. Way to grow!!

    • mudly
      July 16, 2012

      Wouldn’t Doc Holly be proud?

  2. Gram
    July 12, 2012

    I had to chuckle over the quantity of beets and basil. Gramps doesn’t really like either one, but I do. Have you figured out a way to eat them together? Too bad about the squash. Here’s to a reasonably good crop of sweet taters and tomatoes.

    • mudly
      July 16, 2012

      I had no idea he didn’t like basil?!?! What veggies does he like? I’ll be sure to grow some next year

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