Friday, April 29, 2011
I am pretty sure there was a raccoon or two back there. I've seen them prowling recently. They don't do much harm to the garden, though I noticed that many of the asparagus are now mowed down. It looks like that dinner will have to wait a few more days.
Plants march on, weathering stormy skies and pawing critters. It is a good lesson for me, that I continue to work on. Pristinely laid out grids of lettuce rarely stay so, yet there is enough lettuce. The asparagus, however, is a more limited resource. Please, sir raccoon, leave the rest for us.
On a starting note, a bunch more seeds went in: cucumber, winter squashes and pumpkin. I also moved along another 32 lettuce that have reached a good stage (1/2" height).
I must move a bunch of lettuce into gallon pots so they may live out their lives in the greenhouse. We'll have salad this weekend, almost for sure.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
We stand at 98 healthy plants now:
23 Plumb Dandy
13 San Marzano
18 Cherry Buzz
6 Amish Salad
3 Striped Roman
16 Black Cherry
7 Orange Oxheart (Heirloom, yellow/orange)
I also have a smattering of plants that suffered, but didn't succumb to the great die-off of soggy roots and damping off. There maybe a dozen in this category, but they are stunted, shocked by their ordeal and will lag behind forever, not producing to their potential. Given that, I may try to find some room for them. Shari wants to dry a bunch of tomatoes this year. It sounds like a great idea and for that we just need quantities of specimens to play with.
We'll take 10 of the Plumb for canning purposes, 3 San Marzano for backup, an Amish because it is my favorite salad tomato, and a couple cherry for miscellaneous eating and drying. That puts us in the 70s someplace with the Shari's mommas group and a plant sale at the Tacoma Nature Center to supply.
I'd be happier with twice the remainder. It is far too late to start any new. We did lose 20-30 starts this year after potting them into their 4" homes. I should have counted the losses better, more evidence for documentation.
Lessons learned are to plan for partial failures and to think about the ultimate audience more completely.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
- Breakdown and spread the compost pile
- Plant out some onions - Talon storage.
- Plant out green onions - Guardsman
- Plant out more lettuce
- Build the enclosure in the front beds for the saucing tomato
- Start squash / cucumbers
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Inside, the bare seed lettuce experiment continues. Most all lettuce have germinated, there little initial root snaking out of the seed, seeking to embed itself in it's soil. It fascinates me. A few of the initial leaves have opened.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
The peas (Snap Peas I suspect) are doing great. I moves the plastic up off the hoops today and onto a string. I'll take it off when they reach it.
The beans are bursting, waking from their somewhat long hibernation. They are not covered, but seem to be doing just fine.
The Tomato, peppers and lettuce are growing well now. The tomato are well past their die off. I think we lost about 20. Trying to save a few, I repotted them in new, less soggy, soil, up to the first true leaves. This seemed to work for many of them, though they are noticeably lagging and a little sickly.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Tomatillo - 8
Italienscher - 12
Valmaine - 8
Flashy Trout's Back - 8
Grandpa's - 12
I am going to be strong this time. I will not cover these seeds. They are supposed to germinate and be just fine. This is what Eliot Coleman tells me. I started our first batch of lettuce in these, transplanted them to 2" blocks. Those are progressing very nicely. All will be fine.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
On a more satisfying and unsurprising note, the broccoli that I left in the greenhouse have died, those that I moved out into a bed are alive (good color but not growing in this weather), and the collards that I started in the house are doing great. In addition to that, the flat of brassica that I started in the house are starting to emerge. I expect them to also do great.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Also, the corn (3 rows, 30' total) went in under plastic in the parking patch. The plastic is too thin, 2mil at least next time. It needs more securing, also. I fear that the block of corn isn't big enough for good germination. Last year there were four rows and full ears.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
April ~1, 2011
Main garden plot, as of a few days ago. The greenhouse has tomato, onion, sunflower and brassica starts currently. There are peas in the parking patch (2 rows of 10', one Alderman, one Super Sugar Snap). There is nothing in the new front yard boxes. The strawberries are definitely showing new growth, must weed that bed this weekend.