Monday, May 27, 2013

Nothing really to report (most boring blog entry ever)

 Another beautiful day at the garden.  Not a whole lot to report since it's early days, but the garlic looks like it has almost doubled in size from a few weeks ago.  I can't even recall all the varieties we planted, so it will be fun to find out.










At least one of the tomato plants looks pitiful (not shown here).  Everything else looked like it was recovering from being scorched or parched I'm not sure, I thought we got a good amount of rain and cooler temperatures last week but the garden was bone dry on Sunday and most things were looking a bit sad.  I think we'll have to make more of a point to get out a few more times than usual this week.  I am definitely worried about how it's going to do while we're gone.






About 3/4 of the onions have sprouted, there is one patch that has not sprouted at all and it happens to be in the same area we had trouble growing stuff last year...so either there is a bigger problem with that spot than I thought, or it's just that happened to be where we planted a slower growing variety of onions.  I'll give it another week and decide what to do then.





 The peas were looking pretty ok, again, lacking water I think.
We put some dill in with the cucumbers because they are friends both in and out of the pickle jar.
 The peppers were already starting to grow some buds so they got picked off.  We had prolific peppers last year due to obsessive bud-picking.  Thankfully this year we planted a few different kinds because one can only eat so many green peppers.
So that's it, kind of boring.  No sign of potatoes but I expect to see those coming up by the end of this week.


Still loving my X-Hose though :)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Every Muscle In My Body Still Hurts.




What a great weekend to get the garden going!  So what if I can't move my arms properly after carrying another 60lb bag of compost...

Another trip to Plant World, this time to pick up all the things we're putting in.  We're not doing anything from seed this year because, I don't really know why.  Laziness?  We're trying to keep it simple too.  Nothing too fussy.

That cart holds 12 tomato plants, some cucumber, zucchini (lol!), watermelon, peppers, peas and beans.




The garden was looking sassy when we arrived.  Sassy! A bit of supplemental weeding, some spreading of compost and we were ready to get digging.  

We're opting for trenches this year, because last year we found that we had a hard time retaining water in the soil.  We dug out trenches spanning the entire width of the plot (15') with some room to spare on the side for walking.

In the back as you can see is the garlic looking good.  Next is 2 rows of potatoes.  We have blue potatoes, fancy french fingerling, red and basic white potatoes.  A bit more than last year.  We put the watermelon in with the potatoes because the key to growing watermelon is making sure nobody can see that you're growing watermelon.



This adorable child wandered over from a few plots down, so naturally I put her to work.  If you have time to lean you have time to clean, kid.


Following the potatoes are 2 rows of tomatoes.  We've got 6 Roma, a Beefsteak, we couldn't find Black Krim but we have another black variety, of course a cherry tomato monster and my personal favourite Early Girl.  Who am I kidding they are all my favourites.

After that we have 2 rows of onions, which is many, many onions (and leeks too, don't forget the leeks!)



The peas did really well on the trellis last year so we're giving them half of it again this year, right next to the beans.  We haven't grown beans on the trellis but given that we managed to grow them up a single pole I think this will work just fine.  Finally something sturdy enough to hold it. Behind those we planted a bunch of herbs, hoping that the leafy beans will shade them a bit from the scorching summer sun.



When all was said and done we spent about 3 hours digging and planting, digging and planting but we were rewarded by FINALLY GETTING TO USE OUR X-HOSE.  And let me tell you, this is the best thing that has ever happened to me.  Ok maybe not the best... but it's pretty sweet.
  

It's lightweight, it expands further than the length of the entire garden which means no more dragging it around ruining plants.  It has great flow and a nozzle that provides a number of different spraying options.  Our garden neighbours all came by for a demonstration.

The only thing left to put in now is dill.  This week is forecasting a lot of rain, which I'm pretty happy about.  It's the best time to get a good soak while everything is freshly transplanted   I'm thinking it's going to be a good year :)

P.S. Now taking applications for garden waterers from June 17th to July 8th...if you water the garden you will be rewarded with garden spoils!!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Ya Bunch of Jerks...



























Previously on...Garden 104.  We last left off November 5th.  The garden had been turned over and put to bed.

And now, hey look! It's the garden.  Either it has become a nutrient deficient 450sq ft wasteland where not even weeds can grow, or we did a bang up job prepping it for winter and to be perfectly honest, I'm actually not sure.Either way I did a little happy dance showing up to this, because I broke our garden claw last year and wasn't really sure how I was going to weed the garden.  Ryan pulled out that patch of grass in the lower left corner of the picture.  What a guy!




Here's Ryan in November, all bundled up and putting garlic bulbs in the ground.

And here it is now!  I think we only lost a couple over the winter and the ones here are looking pretty strong.


Did a little pre-planning over breakfast with this book my mom gave me for xmas.  Very handy! We headed out to Plant World and bought a whole bunch of onion sets, a few varieties of potatoes and a bunch of herbs.  

We splurged on the "good" compost and did our best worlds strongest man impression carrying these 60lb bags from the car to the garden.

Got the garden all weeded and raked all pretty, look at that pretty dirt! 


 

Spread the fertilizer...


Busted out the best xmas present, ready to water it all down, in order to plant in the massive amount of bulbs and plants when we realized...

THE CITY OF TORONTO HASN'T TURNED ON THE WATER YOU BUNCH OF JERKS!!

*sigh*

So, basically that's it.  Couldn't plant.  Went home with the sads.  Now our plants are living in behind our building, hopefully the city will call me and tell me they turned the water on and I can get out before the weekend to put them in.

As consolation, on the way back we stopped by the florist and picked out a massive selection of flowers for the wedding. Yay!