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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Garden Tour - Mid April

The Indiana garden is still looking pretty bare and naked, but here's a quick tour.  I thought I would be a lot more organized and plan/re-plan where everything was going to be planted down to the last square foot, but actually, I really just kind of slacked off this winter.  I have loose ideas of where I want things to grow, but in reality, I've just been sowing seeds where there is empty space, deciding locations and space allocations of each vegetable on the fly. 


Right Side: In the first (bottom) bed, we have three rows of peas (several varieties of sugar snap peas and snow peas).  These peas took about two weeks to germinate after mid-March sowing, but they have been growing really well since then.  Germination was good for the most part, except for that empty patch you see in the middle row, about 3 feet down.  I don't know what happened there, but it looks like about 4-5 peas didn't germinate or got eaten by a mysterious pest.

The rest of this pea bed has been sown with sugarloaf chicory, china choy, purple top turnip, spinach, lettuce, and swiss chard.  They are difficult to see in this picture, but most of them have germinated and have started growing.  Hopefully all the rain forecasted for this week will help with the growing process.

The second (middle) bed currently has some carrots and onions.  The rest of that bed and the third (top) bed will be planted with many different kinds of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and okra, all currently growing indoors under lights.


Here's a close-up of the healthy pea seedlings, about 2 weeks after germination.  After two dismal pea growing attempts last year (spring and fall), it makes me so happy to see these healthy seedlings, all 12 feet of them.  We need to get the trellis up asap in the next week or two, since these peas look like they are ready to put on some height.


Left Side: The first (bottom) bed has all sorts of teeny tiny seedlings that recently germinated and are peeking their heads out of the soil.  You can hardly see them in this picture, but in person, this whole bed is full of new sprouts consisting of cilantro, parsley, dill, all sorts of lettuce, arugula, turnip, beet, chard, radish, spinach, and a few more peas. 

The second (middle) bed has garlic, parsnip, onion, chives, bok choy, tatsoi, Red Russian Kale, Dwarf Blue Curled Kale, mizuna, Seven Top turnip, radish, carrots and broccoli.  I probably could have started a lot of these indoors, but I was lazy and didn't want to plan that far in advance.  So all of my spring vegetables were  directly sown outside, except for broccoli.

The third (top) bed is currently empty, but will be planted with zucchini, winter squash, cucumbers, melons, and beans.  I guess I will also be rotating beans into the other beds with peas and other cool weather veggies once they start to bolt/die this summer.


This is a close up of a section of the left middle bed, where I transplanted very small broccoli seedlings last weekend.  Looks like I'm growing plastic bottles here.  I wanted to see if these tiny broccoli seedlings would survive outside (I still have a few more seedlings growing under lights, just in case), but it was really cold and windy last weekend, so I wanted to give them a little extra protection.


I sowed the broccoli seeds indoors under lights about three weeks ago, and I think they took a little less than 1 week to germinate, so these seedlings are about two weeks old in this picture.

There's still lots of work left to be done in this area.  We have to finish building the inside fence (to completely fence off this area from dogs and bunnies) and put up vertical support for all the tall-growing vegetables.  Then I would like to clean up the rest of this garden area, get some of the remaining in-ground weeds under control and figure out where I can plant some flowers.  As the weather warms up in May, I'll also have to transplant or direct sow warm weather vegetables (solanums and cucurbits) in the remaining three raised beds.  We also have a small in-ground side garden on the east side of the house (this main garden area is on the south side of the house) that I need to clean up, since it's just been left alone with some inadvertently overwintered vegetables and herbs.

Oof, just thinking about these upcoming garden tasks makes me want to take a long nap!

23 comments:

Annie's Granny said...

My goodness, you have a lot planted already! Your new large garden area sure does look nice, and it won't be long before we'll be ooohing and ahhhing over your harvests. Good job!

Linda said...

Wow! The plants are looking good.

Robin said...

Wow, your peas are doing great!! Everything is moving along nicely. It looks like you are going to have a great gardening season!

Kelly said...

You have accomplished lots so far, all those greens will be amazing in a couple of months.

GrafixMuse said...

Looks like direct seeding it working out really well for you. You will have a full and lush garden in no time.

Megan said...

Your garden is so neat and tidy, even without the extensive planning! Things are coming along beautifully!

Engineeredgarden said...

I'm just so pumped about the size of your garden this year...and the close proximity of the beds is gonna make it a breeze to take care of.

Lexa said...

Your new raised beds look just great. You are going to have so much fun gardening in them this year. The peas look great too! I can't wait to follow your garden this year and watch everything grow.

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

The set-up of your raised beds looks beautiful, and you have a lot going on out there already in this early part of the growing season--well done!

Sara said...

Everything looks great! I would use your cement blocks as bug traps. Every few days pick them up and get rid of any bugs hiding under there that you do not want.

Nartaya said...

You're enlarged garden looks so lovely! I can't wait to see the May/June/July tours and see how it progresses!

thyme2garden said...

Everyone, thank you for your kind and encouraging comments!!

GrafixMuse - to avoid having a thousand seedlings under lights, I am trying to direct seed as much as I can. So far, I feel like this spring has been too cold and wet for vegetables to grow very well, but I'm crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

Sara - the extra cement blocks were put there to try to smother weeds. They are starting to pop up everywhere, and I'm trying to keep them under control, at least the ones right next to the raised beds. But not a bad idea about bugs, too!

Nartaya - I'm totally planning on doing monthly tour posts. :)Actually I'm trying to remember to take overview pictures every weekend, but I'll probably just post them on a monthly basis.

Jami said...

Wow- your beds look fantastic! And your peas- I'm jealous. :-) It'll be fun to see your garden grow-

-Jami
An Oregon Cottage

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I plant my veggies on the fly for the most part, too. I just need to remember where I have had tomatoes and potatoes the last couple of seasons so I can rotate them.

Isn't it fun to see our seedlings coming up and growing? Things are looking great your way!

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