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2009 Tentative Garden Layout

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8 ft x 6 ft beds.  The lettuce at the top will be planted on/in 20 inch high bales of straw, thanks to a few awesome bloggers who taught me this trick in their posts.

I’m going to do a broccoli experiment this spring.  I’ll plant two whole beds of broccoli, one with a closer spacing than the other, all other things equal, and we’ll see how it affects yield:

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I’m guessing the bed with 35 plants will outperform the bed with 24, but it’s worth checking.  Maybe I’ll be surprised.

Garden changing weekend ramble

The lettuces are done.  They never made a head…it just got too warm for them and now they are bitter and milky inside.  I pulled all of them out.  We did eat 5 or 6 salads from the garden.

The last bed of radishes did not form bulbs…headless!  All carrots are coming along slowly, very slowly.

The broccoli is definitely done and I pulled all of them, even the small ones that hadn’t made anything to eat yet.  The cauliflower failed completely, so I pulled some of them and will pull the rest tomorrow. Maybe after I raise the beds higher next year I’ll have better luck with those two.

The cucumber vines are starting to grow.  I can see a little baby cucumber once in a while but I can’t find it the next day.  I’m starting to think I’m not going crazy and that a squirrel or bird or slug or something is taking them.

The zucchini is doing great and has quite a few little veggies growing along for me.

The green peppers, jalapenos, etc are still very small, very slow growing.  I hope they start putting on some size soon and maybe setting some veggies too.

The peas look horrible.  They got started too late because the early planting rotted in the ground. This is a strange wet year.

The watermelons and cantaloupe are growing vines slowly.  I’m not too hopeful about them.

The jackolanterns and pumpkin gourds are doing GREAT.  Taking up a lot of space and growing like crazy…bigger every day.

The green beans seem to be doing fine.  I have them planted in three 4×3 foot sections, planted every 10 days or so to stagger the harvest a bit.  I’ll attempt one more planting of green beans in the bed where the broccoli and cauliflower were, probably early this week.

Today I built a trellis for the supposedly smaller tomatoes that I was planning to just stake up with a short stake.  I wish I could show some pictures but our very nice digital camera is broken.  I’ll have to grab a cheapie for the time being.  I wouldn’t want to lose my loyal fans for lack of pictures.

I transplanted a few extra cucumber plants to a container on the back porch.  We have an old aluminum roof/awning and I’m going to let these cucumbers climb the roof legs.  It might even look decorative.

There is a rather big party here on the 4th of July.  I have to get the garage cleaned up nice enough to serve food in (which will include moving the table saw back into the back corner).  I probably need to move the lumber that was/will be the tree house but I don’t know where else to put it.  I could put it outside the fence, but if the creek floods again it will all float away.  It might just have to stay put as an ugly eyesore in the middle of the yard.  Maybe I’ll get started on putting it back up…I do have 2 full weeks and then some.

Worms do it

I went out last night after dark with a flashlight into a slowly drizzling rain to see how the garden was feeling.

Broccoli, cauliflower and lettuces looking OK.

Radishes, carrots, cabbage looking OK.

But why do I keep seeing weird rapid movements out of the corner of my eye?

I shone my flashlight around to investigate and discovered that the garden beds were full of huge earthworms, hanging out 12 inches from their holes.  When I spooked them, they could dash back from whence they came about 5 times faster than a human could slurp up a piece of spaghetti.  My goodness they are QUICK!

Then I realized that my garden beds were now a singles bar for worms.

All is well!  If the worms are happy enough to breed in my dirt, it can’t be that bad a place!

Winter Again?

The broccoli and cauliflower plants I grew under grow lights in my basement for the last month got planted out this week on Monday. Now the forecasted lows for the next 4 nights are 32, 31, 28, 31.

These cold-weather plants SHOULD be fine down to 20, but I don’t want to take any chances. Last night I covered them with a clear plastic drop cloth. I’ll set 3 or 4 gallon jugs of hot tap water under the plastic tonight as a space heater and I should wake up to a frost-free garden.

The tomatoes in the basement are getting root bound in their containers and are drinking more water than I can give them once a day. I can’t wait to put them out but in Quincy it needs to be April 24th at least. After that date there is only a historical 10 percent chance of a 32 degree low. If I wait until May 4 it definitely won’t freeze again. Patience!

Oh, and when I say basement, I mean crawl space. Our house has a 24 x 24 foot crawl space with a nice cement slab floor. It’s 4 feet high which is perfect for sitting at a table and tending to the plants.

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