Posts Tagged ‘trellis’

Late June 2012 Garden Overview

Not much has changed.  If you look closely you’ll see that the cucumbers are just starting to grow, the squashes and melons are sprawling across the lawn, the cabbages and carrots are ready to be picked and processed, the garlic is gone, and the sweet potatoes are leafing out nicely.  The strawberries are alive and sending out runners, and I still need to get out there and plant a bunch of fall green beans for my wife.

Cucumbers started late in 2012

An experiment that ended up happening this year was to start cucumbers from seed outdoors in late May instead of early May. When I read what I just wrote it just sounds like no big deal…a couple weeks difference…”so what?”, right?

Well, it has me nervous because by this date I usually have fruit set and instead I have baby plants that haven’t even reached the trellis yet.

I’m also trying a row of bush-type cucumbers. Supposedly these set a good amount of fruit without getting over 2 feet in vine length.

First Week of June Tomato Update

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The tomatoes are growing fast and will have to be tied up soon.  There are many flowers on them–this plant has about 40 or 50 right now–and as those green fruit grow larger their weight will make the plant top-heavy.  I let my craft son S. have all my extra garden twine, so I’ll have to go out and buy some more.

Trellis full of peas

The peas have grown tall and started producing pods. There should be enough sugar snap and snow peas to have a stir fry and also freeze some for later.

Jimmy Watering the Garden

Almost everything has been planted now.  I just have green beans and cucumbers left to direct-seed.  Also, I’m trying a little chin beard, but I’m undecided on it.  I think I’m going to let it get a bit longer and see how it looks then.

Pea tendrils holding onto the trellis

My peas have gradually found the trellises and begun climbing them.  I was expecting to pick peas on May 15th, so we’ll see if that dream comes true.

Sugar Snap Peas on trellis

Sugar snap pea tendrils holding the trellis

I really wish I knew how peas can do this

A garden 5 years in the making

Main Garden

2008

2008 - 6 beds, built 6 x 8 feet. I wish they had been 4x8.

2009

2009 - Two more beds added, lower beds raised higher

2010

2010 - Two more beds added on the side. Still fighting the 6 foot width on the first beds.

2011

2011 - 6 foot beds "fixed" by raising the middle two feet higher. Added permanent trellises.

2012

2012 - Some of the oldest wood is rotten now and will be replaced next year.

Herb Garden

In 2010 I built a long skinny bed for a space next to the back door.

We have since filled it with many herbs, some of which live through each winter.

Fruit Trees and Bushes

Two Northstar Dwarf Cherry trees were planted in 2009

In 2010 I added a Grape...

...Raspberry...

...Blackberry...

...and a mid-sized yellow Apple tree.

2012

This Spring, in 2012, I have added these four planting boxes to the back yard.

It really is a labor of love, and not some passing hobby.

Why do you garden? What do you grow?

View from the bottom of the garden

This is my urban back yard, as viewed from the back fence looking towards the house.  See if you can spot:

  • Two sparse beds of strawberries trying to re-establish themselves
  • The curly water hose that I used to wet the fast compost pile
  • My cold frame, which has seemed unnecessary this year as we stopped getting freezing temps 6 weeks early
  • The row of peas that will grow up the barn-red tree house trellis
  • My messy back porch that I will tackle as soon as I get the garage cleaned up this weekend.

The yard slopes down to the south, with a creek beyond my back fence.  Most of the garden is between 4 and 8 feet below the level of the house, so I would have great water pressure if I set up rain barrels. They’re just so expensive!  I need to make DIY rain barrels!

The Peas haven’t reached the trellis yet

This early spring probably allowed the peas to germinate much faster than normal, but they still have quite a bit of growing to reach the bottom of the trellis that I want them to grow on.  Sunday and Monday will have temperatures as high as 90 F, so that ought to confuse these cold-loving plants.

I need to harvest all these peas by Mid-to-Late May so that I can reuse this space for cucumbers.  For once I believe I’m actually on schedule this year.

Hoop bed growing well

Spring came so crazy early this year that I uncovered my little hoop bed a couple weeks ago. It got watered by the rain and took off growing again. So far the plants don’t show signs of going to seed despite two weeks of high spring temperatures. The spinach, cilantro, kale and cabbage–that were planted (I believe) in October last year–are growing quickly for me.

Time to eat some spinach!!

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