I do have more bean starts growing that I am planning on planting this weekend. My tomatoes are dooing suprisingly well for how early it is in WA also.
Gardening! - Page 11
I'd love to see how your gardens are progressing after all this beautiful weather! Here is a tour of what's happening in my garden!
Umpqua broccoli head!
Red Ursa Kale
Snap Peas on the trellis... not sure if I'll get many this year, the birds have had a field day with the sprouts.
Bright Lights Swiss Chard
Bush Peas in bloom... note to self: plant twice as many next year, closer together so they can support each other better
One happy turnip
One of leek transplants actually starting to look like a leek!
My summer squash flowered as soon as I transplanted it... I hope it will still spread
You can see in this bed: turnips (front), kohlrabis (left), tomatillos (first cage), tomatoes (other cages), borage and lettuce (between tomatoes and kohlrabis).
My garden hasnt made much progress. My cabbage is getting big enough that I am realizing I planted them too close together (still doesnt resemble cabbage yet), and I just got my tomatoes outside but they are still really small. I have some more stuff I need to get started- brussel sprouts, peppers, and rhubarb.
Something nibbled on my chard and cabbage. Any ideas to keep it away? Its already fenced. Im thinking bug or bird.
Thanks everyone! Ash, things haven't been growing as quickly as I would have thought around here, too. I just think the weather this spring has been so up and down that the plants keep trying to grow and then stop, try, stop and it's been rough. My cabbage that I started in like early March and planted out in late March has barely grown at all. It's getting eaten by something, too. I'm wondering if it's birds since I KNOW the birds ate my pea sprouts. I started covering them in chicken wire domes and it does seem to have helped. I also started spraying with hot pepper spray and that seems to help, too, but I think they are so traumatized at this point that catching up will be difficult. I started new ones that I'll keep indoors until they are quite large and then transplant out and see if they can out grow the originals. I might also worry about cabbage worms. Take a look under the leaves and look really, really closely to try and find the tiny green worms. They camouflage really well. If there are just a few, you could try picking them off and then spraying them with hot pepper spray or a scented soap water and then covering with a row cover to prevent them coming back. Otherwise a worm infestation is really hard to get rid of and they can spread to other crops so I think it's recommended to pull them out and be done with the worms that way.
I admire all the gardening you guys are getting done. My plant starts are still in their little green house because every time I look out at where I want to plant I get overwhelmed at how much weeding needs to be done first. Not a fan of weeding. Even though our yard is sort of nicely landscaped it wasn't planned for a garden and I haven't been able to really do what I want with it.
Ash, yep, I made my own hot pepper spray out of crushed chili flakes, water, and dish soap. I let it sit in a gallon milk bottle for about a week. Then I strained it through cheesecloth and put it in a spray bottle and it seems to work pretty well!
Amber... if you go Back to Eden style with your garden there is hardly any weeding. That's where you mulch with about 2-3" of wood chips. Or if you go permaculture style with green mulch there is no weeding at all once you get the cover crop established. The wood chips might fit in with your current landscaping style.
Hmm... yes, probably some sort of moth or fly? Maybe rose slugs/sawflies? I believe you can treat them with an insecticidal soap spray. Maybe do a google search and see if that's what they are and how others are treating them. You might consider also calling the local horticulture extension office. What's the land grant school in Georgia? Google that school and "horticulture extension" and give them a call. If you can't find one, you could call one in another state... rose questions could be answered by any horticulturist. I have the UI extension office programed into my phone.
It's June! What's happening in your gardens? In May, I planted everything out and am continuing to start lettuce and flowers indoors to transplant out as space opens up. Lots of bean seeds have been eaten by the birds, so I keep replanting those. I've been finding that my tiny plants get ravaged by pests, but larger transplants are left alone. So I'm starting more kale, kohlrabi, broccoli, and cabbage indoors, too, to start the next wave after the June harvest.
I decided to mulch the entire vegetable garden with shredded hardwood to suppress weeds, retain moisture and nutrients, and prevent erosion. What a difference it makes aesthetically, too!
New Fire Red lettuce in front, Moon & Stars watermelon behind Umpqua broccoli
Early Cherry Tomatoes
Kohlrabi Turnip, snap peas, and radishes
Garden salad: 3 kinds of lettuce, arugula, chive flowers, and borage flowers
Wow, Jaimee, your garden is amazing.
We finally got to get out and do something with ours. I got really discouraged weeding (again) and that prompted DH to offer to build me some planting boxes. So he built two 6' x3' boxes. Got the dirt and transplanted my starts. I'm feeling much more excited. Even used the extra soil to make some planting mounds in another part of the garden area. And boy was being out there good for my mental health!
Thanks ladies! I actually have only eaten kohlrabi raw. It's so crunchy and juicy- delicious with a little sea salt. I just peel it, slice it, soak it in some cold water in the fridge and eat! It's great chopped up in salads and I know that you can also stir fry it in strips to add a bit of crunch. The kids love it raw, too.
Amber, I totally agree with you about mental health and gardening. I feel so great being outside, digging in the dirt, watching things grow, and enjoying fresh produce. Yay for garden boxes!! What did you transplant? Post pics!
My chard and kale are taking off and will probably be ready in a few weeks. I transplanted my tomatoes, in various states of growth, today. I also put some more chard seeds right in the ground. I have tiny brusselnsprouts, rhubarb, more tomatoes to plant in a few weeks. I planted my cabbage and chard too close and they are growing into each other but it doesn't seem to be affecting either.
Thanks Ash! Post pics! As for your chard and cabbage, I might suggest picking that chard and eating it as baby chard so that your cabbage has a chance to grow. Even if they both look healthy, I'm sure that their growth will be stunted at some point and you want to be sure that your cabbage has enough time to mature.