Monday, January 18, 2010

Day #1 Step-By-Step Photos of Planting My Spring Garden 2010

January 17, 2009

Above is the full view of my Winter Garden 2009. I can't believe it has been 3 months since I planted it, although my harvest is proof. We have been eating an abundance of broccoli, chard and carrots for the last month! My beets and onions are still growing into mature plants, so I have held off on harvesting any just yet.
Below, you can see my stalks, which are annual flowers, are yellowing a bit and have lost a lot of blossoms. They continued to re-bloom for a couple of months and have slowly died down now. I also noticed that they have some aphids, which I think may be finally sucking their nutrients and luster.

I decided to replace my stalks in the front with pink tulip bulbs. Last year, I wanted to add tulips to my garden, but didn't get them in time. I really wanted to put them in this year and got lucky when arriving at Merrihew's to see they had some 6 packs! I actually may go back and get more for the boarder of my new carrot patch and around the chard bed.

My four broccoli plants at the end of my left bed have produced about 8 large heads of broccoli! We have been eating from these plants for about a month now and I think it is time to harvest them entirely. The reason being is they are pretty full of aphids and beginning to affect other plants around them with aphids. The other two broccoli plants around my beets are still doing great and just beginning to produce broccoli, so we still have more to come from those as well.

One of our many harvests below!

I decided to turn the broccoli bed at the end into a carrot patch, as you can see below. This time we planted Danvers Half Long Organic Carrot seeds. They are crispy, sweet medium length roots and will take about 70 days to mature. However, I am concerned with my patch because we had a huge storm come in right after planting this and I'm afraid with the heavy amount of water, many seeds have washed away. Carrots do not need to be planted very far down in the ground (1/8"), so they could have easily floated away at this point. NOTE: If they have not sprouted in 7-21 days, I will plant more.

From afar my fox glove and snap dragons look okay. However, I have been battling an aphid and rust disease issue on all of them for a couple of weeks now. I have really been mild with my approach to rid them, which I think may have been a mistake because they are out of control as you can see from the pictures below. I cut a lot of the fox glove and parts of the snap dragons back and sprayed them with hard water, washing the aphids away, every time I came to water (about every 4-5 days). But, they seem to be back in full force. I am afraid it is time to harvest them as well. I just don't want to affect my whole garden.

Black Aphids busy at work.

Rust Disease.

Instead, I have replaced this area with Champagne Bubbles Classic Iceland Poppies, as you can see below.

This was the last of my wonderful, abundant Thumbelina carrot patch. We have eaten, literally, hundreds of carrots and it was a great source of vitamin A for the whole family! I have now harvested all of this patch and started my new patch, as I mentioned earlier.

Our last harvest of carrots!
I replaced this carrot patch with 4 Blue Kale starters. Kale seems to do great in this cooler climate and I am excited to have it in my garden again!

This empty bed was once where my basil was. I never put anything in its place after harvesting it in December. I have finally filled the spot with Cilantro and 2 more Blue Kale starters.

My Spring Garden 2010!! (I do plan on planting more next week, in order to fill in some spots.)

Welcome! I'm 30 weeks pregnant tomorrow!

I left my onions and chard from my winter garden because it is still producing.

I also left my beet patch and 2 broccoli plants.

My sweet peas are almost ready to bloom!! I re-staked them onto the trellis when there.

PLEASE NOTE: We also used a 3 cubic foot bag of Harvest Supreme Soil Amend, 5 lbs. of homemade black soil compost and compost juice before planting anything. We dug about 3 feet down in each area, in order to loosen the soil and removed all debris.

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