May 2019

What is happening in the veg garden this month        May 2019

 

  • The greens, cabbages, etc. are growing well.  Planted out the Pink Chinese Celery and it is doing well.  Purple lady bok choy has developed well and I will be transplanting some of it.  Hoping to collect seed from some of this spring batch.
  • Onions and leeks planted, about 150
  • The peppers, tomatoes and eggplant starts are all doing well and the tomatoes and tomatillos particularly are very tall, 2 ½ feet, so I will plant the tomatoes, tomatillos and ground cherries out on Friday and the others in the greenhouse and outside in a couple of weeks.
  • I have started squash and  cucumbers. I have found they do better starting them from seed in the house.
  • The beans will be planted about mid-month.
  • More carrots, beets and Kohlrabi will go in again about mid-month.  The first sowings are started. Some beets self sowed and I have thinned and transplanted them.
  • Zinnia and French marigold seedlings are doing well and some of these will be moved to the flower beds in the front yard and the rest will stay in the veg garden for color.
  • Planted fresh parsnip seeds in the new carrot fly free bed which will be covered this year.  Do have some large ones left over in the other bed and will save some for seed.
  • Still getting some of the beds ready, seem to be planting as I go.
  • Watering!!

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April 2019

What I am doing in the Garden April 2019 – Linda Hohenacker

Weather has been hot in March, but now cool and wet with the odd hot day.

  • Planted outdoors Chinese greens, radish, chicory, endive, peas and sweet peas.
  • Transplanted lettuce that over wintered and new Chinese Cabbage to greenhouse.  Overwintered lettuce outside is doing great too.
  • Planted seed for Zinnias and French Marigold in greenhouse to be planted out to gardens later.
  • Currently plant sitting my new starts – tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, onions, leeks, cabbage, Chinese pink celery, ground cherries and tomatillos
  • Having trouble with some pepper seeds I think I must learn how to save them as must be taking them too soon before the pepper is really ripe.
  • Have started adding organic steer manure and compost to top of beds, not digging, and will add the fertilizer I make when I go to plant each bed.
  • Strawberries and raspberries cleaned up nicely and manure, compost and fertilizer added.
  • Merv is replacing two of the current beds with roofing metal beds as the wood is rotting.  Will be ongoing. Also replacing sprinkler watering with drip hoses every foot as the beds are replaced.
  • Beets and lettuce are coming up nicely in place where I saved seed last year.  Will sort them out and keep as much as possible.
  • Will plant some of the carrots, beets, kale, chard, parsnips, cabbage and kohlrabi soon.
  • By end of month will hopefully plant the onions and leeks out and also the cabbage and other cooler weather plants started in the house.
  • Will start cucumbers and squashes in the house.
  • Have my soil report back from MB labs now have to figure out what needs to be amended in the beds.

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February 2019

  • Cold weather has hampered completing preparation of garden.
  • Onion seedlings are about 3 inches tall in their pots, started in the house and now out in the sunroom.  Three kinds Stuttgarter, Wethersfield Red and Walla Walla. One more variety just planted.
  • Also Chinese Pink Celery is up in pots.
  • Just planting seeds for tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplants, cabbage, a few lettuce for head start, broccoli, cauliflower and peppers.  In house on heating mats.
  • Want to get enough of the beds with amendments added to plant new greens especially Chinese greens and the sweet peas maybe next week.  
  • Adding leaf mulch composted organic manure and my own compost..  Also the mixture of minerals called Complete Organic Fertilizer from Steve Solomon’s book “Gardening When It Counts”.
  • Garlic is up nicely and some Chinese greens have overwintered and starting to grow.
  • Will be cleaning out the strawberry bed shortly.

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October 2018

Vegetable Gardening in October

 

  • The last of the large peppers in the greenhouse will be removed this week and stored in the basement to ripen, should take a couple of weeks.
  • Currently we are picking the end of the second crop of figs on our Desert King tree, fall raspberries, the final scarlet runner beans, an odd cucumber and zucchini.  The tomatillos are just finishing as well. Tomatoes under cover are OK, but the bigger ones have been picked and are in the basement to ripen slowly.
  • I have Austrian Winter Peas planted which is an all winter cover crop.  They are seeded very close together and provide a mat of pea sprouts for salads.  The chicory plants are still going strong, like giant lettuce heads. Good, but a bitter.  Parsnips have planted themselves again and a crop is coming up. I will use these while small as salad greens as those coming up now will go to seed in the spring.  
  • Will start mulching the beets and carrots so they won’t freeze.
  • Kohlrabi that didn’t fill out very well over the summer have filled out well now since it is cooler.
  • Raspberries have old plants cleaned out and the giant stalks are tied down to the top wire.  Currently producing but slowly.
  • Time to get ready to plant your garlic, we will do so in the next couple of weeks.  Plant them 5 inches apart with about an inch or so of soil on top. Then mulch with leaves.
  • Walla walla starts and seedlings from seed planted in October are looking good so there is hope for a good early crop.
  • Transplanted some Witches tongue lettuce that had been seeded earlier and is about 2 inches tall.  It will come along a ways and will be really good early in the spring.
  • The broccoli planted from starts in September is growing strongly.  Not sure if the fall broccoli will produce heads as haven’t tried it before.  However the sprouting broccoli for the spring is tall and looks good.
  • Still harvesting the later crop of cabbage.  One of the cabbage stalks that I harvested a head off earlier has five small heads on it now.  Cabbage is amazing.
  • Hope to get seaweed again this fall and get it on all the beds, will spread between fall crop plants as well on open spaces.  Then put leaves on top. At least that is the plan.

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September 2018

  • Planting fall greens such as Mizuna, Lettuce, Radish, Pac Choi, Winter Peas, Mustard, Spinach
  • Squash did not produce for me this year.
  • Picking tomatoes, tomatillos, cucumbers, ground cherries, fall raspberries, plums, grapes, eggplants, peppers and  second crop figs
  • Making sauerkraut from the cabbage, second crop of cabbage planted in July is ready for making Kimchi (I hope, not tried it before)
  • Thinning July carrot and beet crops
  • Drying off onions and garlic for storage
  • Saving seeds from tomatoes, peppers and tomatillos
  • Saving seed from lettuce,   sweet peas, beets and parsnip, some is dry and being cleaned and stored.
  • Freezing and dehydrating crop, canning if necessary
  • Finally putting seed packages away
  • Starting to clean out areas and fill the compost bin
  • Making copious notes in my garden book about what to grow and not next year, things to change and wish list.

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May 2018

Linda’s Garden Chat – May 9, 2018

  • The greens, cabbages, onions etc. planted last month are coming along fine and I am weeding as the new soil does have weeds.
  • Onions are going strong too and the leeks planted late are up
  • So I have sent a soil sample to be tested for peace of mind
  • The peppers, tomatoes and eggplant starts are all doing well and the tomatoes particularly are very tall so I will start to plant the tomatoes out in about a week and the others in the greenhouse a week or so later as they are a little smaller.
  • I will start squash, cucumbers and pumpkins in about a week as it is not long before they are ready to put out.  I have found they do better starting them from seed in the house.
  • The beans will be planted about mid-month.
  • More carrots, beets and Kohlrabi will go in again about mid-month.  The first sowings are coming up nicely.
  • Zinnia seedlings are doing well and some of these will be moved to the flower beds in the front yard and the rest will stay in the veg garden for color.

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April 2018

Garden Chat – April 11, 2018

Hoping for a weather change, it is very wet and cold.

  • Planted outdoors Chinese greens, lettuce, radish, kale, chicory, endive
  • Started regular cabbage and Napa cabbage are waiting in the greenhouse in flats; these were started indoors
  • Currently plant sitting my new starts – tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and tomatillos
  • Ground cherries did not come up and haven’t retried them
  • All beds except the greenhouse and one bed with last year’s greens have been amened with seaweed, COF, and compost
  • All but one bed has had three or so inches of new organic peat loam & composted organic steer manure soil added for planting.  No digging.
  • Had 10 yards of organic soil delivered from Cinnabar Farms.  Very pleased with it.
  • Newly build beds of roofing tin, 4 x 9 x 2 ½ feet have been filled and amended  plus two furnace ducts modified for beds for greens.
  • Will plant some of the carrots, beets and kohlrabi next week in the sunshine!!

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March 2018

Garden Talk, Wednesday March 14. 2018

 

  • Cold weather has hampered completing preparation of garden beds but that is now well underway
  • Onion seedlings are about 3 inches tall in their pots, started in the house and now out in the sunroom.  Three kinds Ailsa Craig, Stuttgarter and Walla Walla. Hope to be able to save seed frm one kind this year.
  • Found out the hard way that onion seed is only viable for one year.  Only the walla walla came up the first plant as that was new seed. Others had to be replanted with new seed.
  • Get a seed viability chart and quit showing Scottish tendencies
  • Just planted seeds for tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplants, cabbage and peppers.  In house on heating mats.
  • Eating lots of greens from the garden and greenhouse.
  • Dug last of parsnips and saved five in a patch for this year’s seed.  New patch is up about 3 inches high.
  • Deciding which of my over wintered kale to let seed and which to eat.
  • Merv building two new raised beds for onions out of metal roofing.  Trying to avoid the white mold that is attacking our alliums so will put in the cloth to keep it out and also the fig tree roots.  Then find new soil for it.
  • Want to get enough of the beds with amendments added to plant new greens especially Chinese greens and the sweet peas.  
  • Adding seaweed, leaf mulch, compost and what rabbit manure I have which will not be enough.  Also the mixture of minerals called Complete Organic Fertilizer from Steve Solomon’s book “Gardening When It Counts”            .

 

Please pick up Black Cherry Seeds, Scarlet Emperor Bean Seeds, and Snapdragon seeds IF YOU ARE GOING TO START THEM.


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November 2017

  • Cleaning up debris and composting it to be ready for spring.
  • Covering beets and carrots with leaf mulch to keep from freezing as they will be used straight out of the garden.
  • Collecting seaweed and leaves, the leaves will remain in black garbage bags tied up and will decompose over the winter.  The seaweed can be put on the garden now or wait until early spring.
  • Picking salad greens from the garden where they are covered with shade cloth for warmth, and also where they are not covered.  The parsley, romaine style lettuce, chicory and chickweed are still doing well without covers.  The salad greens in the unheated greenhouse are also doing well.
  • Using the cabbage, kohlrabi, kales and root vegetables as needed.
  • Black radishes are growing vigorously.
  • Putting away saved seeds for next year’s planting.  Label them well including the year grown as seeds become unviable at different rates.
  • Ordering my Baker Creek seed catalogue for winter excitement.
  • Brought two large parsnips that grew from the self sown seed.  These were grown in the undug ground and did well.  They have a few legs from hitting hard spots but even those legs were quite big.  
  • Talking about getting an air pump for next year and making compost and manure teas to provide more nutrients for the garden with lesser amounts of input of the compost and manure.
  • Working on changing the configuration of one large bed.  Raising the levels and changing the direction to keep the fig tree from grabbing all the nutrients and allowing us to pick it more easily.

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October 2017

Vegetable Gardening in October by Linda Hohenacker

 

  • Last week I transplanted several kinds of fall and winter greens from a garden bed, where they were sown a month ago, into my unheated greenhouse.  They will grow well into the winter.  I have since watered with Reindeer Concentrated Kelp mixture and will continue do so occasionally.
  • The last of the large peppers in the greenhouse will be removed today and used as green peppers however the small hot peppers will stay for a while as they are prolific and ripening.  When finished I will just cut off the plants rather than pull them up as the winter greens are planted all around them.
  • Currently we are picking the end of the second crop of figs on our Desert King tree, fall raspberries, the final scarlet runner beans, an odd cucumber and zucchini.  The tomatillos are just finishing as well.
  • I want to do a full clean up and be done but there are too many salad greens throughout the garden so must be content with targeted weeding and plant removal for a time.  The chickweed is back and beautiful for the salads.  Parsley is everywhere and new dandelions once in a while. The sweet peas have replanted themselves and the sprouts are good in the salad, also I have Austrian Winter Peas which is an all winter cover crop.  They are seeded very close together and provide a mat of pea sprouts for salads.  The chicory plants are still going strong, like giant lettuce heads.  Good, but a bitter.  Parsnips have planted themselves again and a crop is coming up.  I will use these while small as salad greens as those coming up now will go to seed in the spring.  Way too many for that.
  • Will start mulching the beets and carrots so they won’t freeze.
  • Kohlrabi that didn’t fill out very well over the summer have filled out well now since it is cooler.
  • Strawberry bed is cleaned out of the thousands of plants and down to a few.  Added manure etc. and we are ready for spring.
  • Raspberries have old plants cleaned out and the giant stalks are tied down to the top wire.  Currently producing.
  • Time to get ready to plant your garlic, we will do so in the next couple of weeks.  In new bins with new soil as we found out we had white mold which affects all alliums and you cannot be rid of it.
  • My no dig strategy for this year has worked out fairly well.  All the plants grew well in it but the carrots are a little harder to get out.  We will see how the parsnips work out.

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