Tag Archives: vegetables

When inspiration hits dirt

22 Apr

Back ground: Winter 2021. When will pandemic end? Seed catalogs: Shumway and Jung. Delightful dreams of spring planting. Adventure! For the first time I ordered strawberry, raspberry and asparagus roots.

The good news (maybe) is that I reconsidered where to plant strawberries and asparagus to prevent them from becoming snacks for wildlife. These are my trials/experiments…what’s my vision?

Veg in One Bed by Huw Richards, Wales

The Family Garden Plan by Melissa Norris, Oregon

Both are excellent! Great photos.

Several years ago, I followed the Instagram account (grandoakfarmtn) of Grand Oak Farm’s launch of a three season three acre project to supply farmer’s market with fruit, vegetables and flowers. I could see what they were doing, but I did not comprehend how it was orchestrated. Some areas of the field were planted with three different crops. What? How did they go together? Veg in One Bed (with photos) discusses three season gardening plan. However, as helpful as the plan is, it did not include examples with my favorite produce.

I turned to The Family Garden Plan which focuses on “likes” and growing quantities to supply the home kitchen year round. Very well done. Bible verses introduce each chapter. Illustrations and planning charts are outstanding.

My long term memory (40 years ago) of the kitchen gardens of Colonial Williamsburg Virginia kicked in. Ah! Ha! Charming. Fruits. Vegetables. Herbs. Flowers. Right out the back door. Narrow paths. Three season. Less than 1/2 acre.

Hmmmmm. There’s a future post on this subject. ūüėČ

Gardener’s dilemma

17 May

"It's my day to sleep in."

“It’s my day to sleep in.”….”Did you say fresh catnip?”….”I’ll be right down!”

 

Spring mix of perennial volunteers...catnip, lemon balm, oregano and mint...an island in the garden plot.

Spring mix of perennial volunteers…catnip, lemon balm, oregano and mint…an island in the garden plot. ¬†All (except the oregano) take a lot of effort to keep from taking over the garden.

Horehound

Horehound

Rue

Rue

 

Love the foliage and the tameness of these perennials.

 

 

 

 

Tomato seedlings

Six Tomato seedlings

Melon seedlings with room for vines to run along retaining wall.

Melon seedlings with room for vines to run along retaining wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I chose very young plants this year due to the unseasonably cool weather.  May need to replant.  I also chose to add a path for access to the six tomato plants.

 

 

 

Path-Before

Path-Before

Dilemma? ¬†25 years ago my kitchen garden was two 8’X8′ raised beds in full sun. ¬†Over the years the transition has been to nearly full shade. ¬†The Earth Angel and Golden Edge Hostas ¬†as well as bird bath and feeders were the new look. ¬†A sweeping retaining wall replaced the original box plots enclosing about 400 square feet. ¬†The dilemma for this season is that we are back to full sun due to the loss of ash trees to disease. ¬†The hostas may not survive a hot August. ¬†Rather than fine tuning the stepping stone path (and have to redo), I took them up and mulched the path. ¬†Check back in the fall on how this season worked out!

 

Path-After

Path-After

Homegrown and eaten

20 Jul

 

Cantaloupes!

Cantaloupes!

Ready to eat in a few days.

Ready to eat in a few days.

Two of over a dozen.

Two of over a dozen.

Vines from two plants spread both ways along retaining wall.

Vines from two plants spread both ways along retaining wall.

These cantaloupes are a special treat. ¬†We don’t usually try to grow them, since the garden space is filled with herbs, hostas, coneflower, heliopsis, butterfly bush, Dave’s fly in diner for the birds with bath.

Ready, set

Ready, set

Slice

Slice

Slice

Slice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have shared one of four cantaloupes with wildlife…..it seems this one may have been so ripe that it split open when we were out-of-town and raccoons feasted!

Raccoon feast

Raccoon feast