I've not taken any other precautions such as fencing nor wire covers. Frankly I didn't want to bother with them. We have 3 dogs which I hope will deter all our animal neighbors from venturing into our garden. I've got my fingers crossed.
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May 24, 2011 Bush beans have sprouted at about 75% germination rate. The growth is slow which I will attribute to tons of rain and cool weather. Pole beans are planted. I created tepees out of bamboo poles from Lowes. Six poles for each tepee are tied at the top with garden twine. I planted 7 beans around each pole. I hope the tepees are sturdy enough for all those beans. I'll keep my fingers crossed!
May 17,2011 Another first timer in our garden, the beet leaves are happy and bushy. I want to pull one to see the progress but don't want to sacrifice one of these future sweet treasures. I've read that I will see their rosey shoulders when they are ready to harvest. The smaller beets are said to be more tender. Yes! I won't have to wait as long. My husband declared that he did not like beets until he tasted a roasted beet fresh from the farmers' market last year so he agreed to giving them a place in our garden. Hummm...another veggie that tastes totally different straight from the garden!
|1st beet planting|
|1st carrot crop|
May 24, 2011 The teeny tiny baby carrot is orange! More patience grasshopper.
May 24, 2011 Cucumbers are spouting but the weather has been raining every day and there are limited hot temps sooo the progress is slow.
Lettuce: May 17, 2011 How much lettuce can a family of two eat? A ton! Well...not literally. By planting three 1' x 1' squares, we have enjoyed some wonderful salads with almost zero work other than careful harvesting of outer leaves. We began with 3 varieties just to see what each were like. The Black Seeded Simpson and Mesclun produced the best with Salad Bowl having about 50% germination rate. The lettuce loves our uncharacteristically cool spring and continues to replace the leaves we've harvested. I've also planted some in the plot vacated by the earliest radishes. Those will be sheltered from sun by the Swiss chard. I can always bring out my protective covers if the sun gets too warm. I wonder how long I can stretch out this wonderful tender crop.
|Lettuce in the shade of broccoli|
Onions: May 17, 2011 Onions are tall and green with long straight necks. We've enjoyed several tender green onions but will save the majority for regular bulbed onions later in the season. A few are bolting and developing seed heads on top. There is nothing to be done once this has started except to enjoy the onion in it's smaller form. Onions that are exposed to fluctuating hot and cold temps may be triggered to send up flower/seed stalks. We have had temps bouncing between 40 and 80 so it is no wonder my onions are confused. Hopefully some will survive to the season's end.
May 24, 2011 Almost all onions have bolted. I'll be flash freezing some for use in soups and other cooked dishes. I can't stand to see them go to waste.
May 24, 2011 Still harvesting
May 24, 2011 Still harvesting from the remaining plants. I will be freezing the excess.
The bad thing I did differently was not to stake or cage my tomatoes at the time they were planted. I know better but they looked so pretty and neat without any supports. I decided to stake the largest and try cages for the smaller plants. I've not used cages before so we will see which work better for me.
The new technique whose success has yet to be determined is to plant in a container on my deck surrounded by basil, dill and chives. I know this plant will require more water but the convenience of having it beside the kitchen door may outweigh the watering duties.
May 24, 2011 Plants are growing and growing! Note: Tomatoes take more than one square foot in a square foot garden. This year is going to be mighty crowded.