For all the planning, prepping, and planting done last year, the 2013 Garden Project was a bust. The cooler than normal – wetter than normal – stranger than normal Spring wreaked havoc with the layout and the Only things that produced like I expected were the eggplants and peppers.
I tried these nifty looking potato cages, where you layer mulch and slips into a hay-lined cage… and Voila! (supposedly) you get a bounty of taters.
this was my “bounty”…
Don’t get excited… it was 187 potatoes ranging in size from a golf ball to a cat’s eye marble…. heavy on the marble.
So, I’ve let the failures knock a bit of the stream out of my rhubarb this year, but only a bit.
Once again we’re doing without the hay bales. I think 4 years of hay much worked into the soil, along with composted cow manure and a healthy compliment of mushroom compost will bolster the soil perfectly well for anything I plan to grow this year.
And what is that? you ask…
For starters – I’ve hedged my bets with an early garden by building suspended beds well above the rabbits and vermin. They’re constructed of hog wire, burlap, hay mulch and compost – suspended 3′ in the air on leftover corner frames from a gazebo
In these we have Cherry Belle Radishes, Danver Carrots and Red Onions.
The radishes and onions are already making me happy.
The remainder of the beds will all pull double duty this season, with early and late crops already in place in the beds
Suspended – Cherry Belle Radishes / Danver Carrots / Red Onions
Ground Level – Round 1
Spinach – Asparagus – Raddichio
Cauliflower / Savoy Cabbage
Broccoli Rabe / Cauliflower
Okra – Clemson Spineless
Potting Shed Right
Early Bush Peas
Silver Queen Corn
1/2 Runner Beans
Texas Sweet Onions
Peppers – Grand Marzano / Pimento / Sweet Banana
Potting Shed Left
Eggplant – Black Beauty / Juilette / Gypsy / Jewel (since aubergines need plenty of room to spread and keep the air flow going – they aren’t sharing space with anyone.
Sage / Cilantro / Tarragon / Parsley / Oregano (Globe) / Basil (Globe)
I’ve also started some patty pan white squash to transplant into large pots outside the garden, although I’m not hopeful. Conditions have to be “just right” for patty pan to produce properly, and we just haven’t had those conditions here at Turtle Creek for a couple of years. Additionally, I hope that in moving the squash away from the other vegetables, I can keep the White Fly infestation to a minimum – since squash leaves are among their very favorite things to kill.
We’ll keep you abreast of the going – ons out here, and how the garden is doing. I hope at the very least you’ll find the inspiration to dig around in the dirt and get your hands & knees dirty.
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