Two months of gardening (with results)

Well about month and a half ago, after transplanting the broccoli with my son into its square, I took a step back a hit one of the bamboo dividers that separates the ground into square foots and that swung and hit my poor lima bean plants cutting of most of the seed food reserves (the original seed) and some of the seed leaves (not the true leaves as they were just starting to bud) and chopped one plant in half so I am sure I lost at least two lima bean plants (ended up losing all but two) however, the other 4 (that are planted) should survive and I had 6 more that planted. This also gives a good pre-shot for the following result pictures which were taken a couple of days ago. Unfortunately as you will see, we had to remove the bamboo dividers due to their amazing ability to house baby insects which started to devour the spinach and lima bean leaves. As if those lima beans did not have enough problems already. We also had to add chicken wire fencing around each box to keep out the wild rabbits from eating the plants down, though they were courteous enough to leave just enough for the plants to survive and make a comeback later.

Just a month and a half later we are getting great results from our preventive steps being the fences and removing of the bamboo dividers. Just look at the Egyptian onion (right, 3 square up) it cannot even support itself, and the Brussels Sprout in the bottom right is coming along quite nicely and the broccoli that Andrew helped me plant looks about the same, though in this picture you cannot see it due to the magnificent sugar snap bush peas which is producing pea pods. You then have the burgundy bush beans in the lower left corner which suffered a setback early by the rabbit taking off all the new leaves and just leaving the seed leaves on the plant. The remaining plants are corn (right about the Brussels Sprouts), the butternut squash (which is above the broccoli hidden behind the bush peas), the artichoke (behind the Egyptian Onion), and the white bunching onions which are barely visible looking at the square right above the bush pea plants. The remaining spot is for the Acorn Squash which is in the green house and just sprouted and will be there until it gets its second set of true leaves and is weathered off. This recent weather, 80-90 °F, has been great in getting all these plants growing, but we are coming to a cooling off period keeping temps around the mid 50s at night. Just not enough to transplant the peppers into their squares. Speaking of which lets get to the west garden box.

Now you’ll have to excuse the black portions as this is a stitch of multiple images using Microsoft’s Image Composite Editor which allowed me to take a bunch of close up shots and make a high resolution image. The empty spots are for the pepper plants, though seeing how long they took to get transplantable and for the weather to get warm enough (minimum of 60°F nights) I should have just planted 2 more squares of lettuce (8 heads), another square of spinach (9 plants) and 2 more plants of sugar snap bush peas. Which would have provided a wonderful addition of veggies for storage and eating. Guess we just will have to apply it next year. Anyway in the west box you can see that the spinach hasn’t done too well, probably from our compost selection (this box only got two types unlike the other boxes getting 3-5 types) and it being devoured by the insects. The Lima beans though have make a great comeback, even though only 2 survived the original beating those 2 plus the six others I planted have grown and my new 7 lima plants which I planted by seed straight into the ground has just taken off. The pole peas have also started to flower and pods are forming so as long as I can get 9+ seeds I haven’t lost anything from this crop being mostly demolished by the rabbit. Finally the pumpkin plant (which you need to zoom in to see right about the lima bean square) has advanced during this bought of warm weather and started to expand though it is no where near filling its square yet, probably just another month before it starts climbing the tresses and then once it starts fruiting I have to worry about it getting too heavy.

Now at the third box, which we lovingly call the rose box due to the beautiful climbing rose at the east end of the box, we have our four crops of lettuce (the main focus of this picture), dill (right side), celery (left next to the lettuce), and a freshly sprouted lima bean plant on the left. This lettuce has been doing great and is ready for some garden fresh salads at the dinner table. Should be soon as my father has already been using his cilantro, spinach and lettuce to supplement his dinner. Since this is the rose box I also took a close up picture of the rose that just bloomed in full today.

Pretty isn’t it? This branch of the rose plant had actually fallen down due to the weight of the flowers so you see this up turn in all the flowers making it look like a hanging rose, very nice. Anyway this is a perfect lead into the greenhouse and a picture of how the pepper plants are now doing with this warm weather and new pots, or just more dirt in the pot to fill it back up. Due to having so many pepper plants I had to put them in rows just to remember what plant it what so starting from the back we have California Bell Peppers, Serrano Peppers, Anaheim Peppers, Cayenne Peppers and Jalapeño Peppers. The Habañero Peppers still haven’t sprouted which I think it means that next year I am going to have to follow the Cheap Vegetable Gardener’s lead and create a grow box to get those peppers started as early as possible. Also in my greenhouse we have my tomatoes, watermelon, acorn squash and Gerber Daisy (a gift to my wife when we moved in). The Gerber Daisy is in the greenhouse due to my wife forgetting to water it when it was on the deck and having to bring it back from sever water deprivation about every other day. Now she remembers it when she goes out and waters the plants in the garden, look how happy that daisy is in its new pot.

Watermelon Plants Roma and Cherry Tomato Plants Gerber Daisy

Well until next week when I hopefully will have more pictures and maybe even a report on the first salad from the garden.

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