Saturday, June 25, 2011

Week 5 - The Beet Goes On (get it?)

This was the longest I have been between visits to the garden. Up until this week we had been going nearly every day but since it's been raining off and on since Wednesday we figured best to let nature take its course and enjoy a few weeknights off.

So we showed up today to find that not only were our beds intact (I was worried erosion would have ruined them) but things were looking better than ever!

For starters, the beets which I had pretty much figured were a loss, were actually standing upright and at attention. Now I'm disappointed we didn't plant more since it looks like we're going to only get about 4-6.

The Swiss Chard is also perky and holding up well to the animals. We have an abundance of flowering plants, zucchini, pumpkin, watermelon, honeydew melon, cucumbers and tomatoes are all in bloom.
Being the smug urban gardeners we are, we had bought some mixed greens, with fantasies of "oh this, it's nothing! We just tossed these greens together with some homemade vinaigratte..." Now we realize, we've got an abundance of "mixed greens" but no idea which parts of these "mixed greens" are edible. Soooo, we've been eating random parts of the plants to try to figure it out. Bryan and Ryan think it all tastes "great!", I think it all tastes like grass. It's not supposed to be ready for another few weeks so we'll see. We've had to pick a ton of flowers of them because apparently in the realm of lettuce, flowers = bad. Who knew?

Onions are looking good, I've been trying to thin them out but I don't know how much more I can take out. It's actually kind of hard to thin things, emotionally. I don't like it. I don't like ripping perfectly nice looking plants out of the ground to toss in the compost heap, but I need to toughen up. It's for the greater good of all onions.

Beans are climbing in their weird little way. I put in a center pole and some guide wires so we will have a bean teepee. Beanpee?

Shallots are looking shalloty.

Weeding is a breeze for the most part, most of our beds are virtually weed free. Don't ask me how or why. I'll chalk it up to beginners luck.

We took a walk to check out the neighbors plots, I gotta say, ours looks so neat and tidy (it's the female touch I think) and our plants look really healthy and hearty.

Tomorrow we're going to hit up the garden center for some regular thyme and maybe some more radishes or beets to go in where we just harvested.

I've got a pile of radishes sitting on my kitchen counter right now, time to figure out what the heck to do with them all. Here is a video of the first harvest of the year.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Week 4 - What a difference a week makes

We didn't fuss over the garden two much in the last week. There was some rain, we made it out at least every other day to water. It was time to just let it do it's thing for a week and that seemed to be a success.

Unfortunately we have some animals that are treating our space like the all you can eat salad buffet at the Olive Garden, but everything seems to be bouncing back. We gave up officially on the catnip after it literally disappeared, and this weekend we plan to get some bloodmeal and, cayenne pepper to keep the rabbits and cats out. We actually have no idea what is eating, so we'll try a few things. A neighbor down the way has glorious lettuce growing and it's completely untouched, I have no idea why ours is getting nibbled.

But we do have radishes this week, which is about a week early by my calculations. They grew all weird shaped because we planted them too close together, but they taste good. Right now they are nice and sweet and crispy with a light peppery aftertaste. I think we shall be removing the rest of them this week so they don't get too peppery.

The first tomatoes were spotted on the Roma and Beefsteak plants, which is exciting!

We also trimmed herbs for the first time, to create some fathers day herb bouquets. They were due for a trimming and it was great to be able to share the first our garden has to offer.

And lastly, what a difference a week makes to zucchini. Last week it looked like this:

This week, it looks like this!

Om nom nom nom. :)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Week 3 - Nothing is dead!

Over the course of the week we dug out the back grass, and made a bed running down the side to plant watermelon, honeydew melon and another pumpkin. We're also trying catnip again, not sure if it is going to survive the neighborhood cats.

The garden has only been planted for a week and already we're starting to see some changes. We got the first tomato blossoms, the zucchini's look like they have almost doubled in size and there is a single almost ripe strawberry.

We have been watering it almost every day at this point and will continue to do so while it is sunny and hot. Everything seems to be taking pretty well to all the moving about, I am going to have to start thinning out the radishes, onions, carrots and beets soon as we planted them in clumps and that probably wasn't what we were supposed to do. I am waiting for them to be secure before I start ripping them out.