Gardening – Spring 2017

Late this winter I started seeds in the house.  I planted some of my favorite vegetables and flowers.  The seedlings were looking great, but as time passed, I realized that I had started them too early.  They did not get enough light and were just very unhappy plants. ( this photo is before their unhappy demise)

During this time we also decided to make a proper garden area.  This involved bringing in soil and installing fencing.  We are on limestone which made digging holes for the fence posts a challenge, but we persevered, and in a short while we had a garden site.  The soil is not perfect and we are adding organic matter to it as we go.  One area is doing great.  It was the old compost area and has our mystery squash growing in it.

I also decided to take a chance and get some plants in the ground early.  Historically, the last frost date is around March 20.  I planted the garden February 26, 2017.  It was a risky decision, but I was optimistic because we had a mild winter.  I also had very early spring fever and wanted to see growing things.

This is the first photo I took on February 26, 2017.  I planted seeds and plants.

This is a view from our porch.

We were lucky and there were no freezing temperatures for the remainder of the winter or early spring. The photo below is from April 09, 2017.

This is the garden layout. Click the image to enlarge the photo.  There are labels to indicate what the plants are.

We are already getting some vegetables.

Zucchini

 

Dragon Pepper – Cayenne

 

Bush beans

 

Sweet Million cherry tomatoes

Hopefully we continue to have good luck with this years garden.  Updates on the mystery squash next month.

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Bountiful harvest from a small garden.

I have a small container garden this year.  It is necessary until I get some raised beds built.  Out soil is very rocky and the actual soil shallow.

Container garden

Container garden

 

Green cherry tomatoes

Green cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes

Sungold Cherry Tomatoes.  These are so sweet!

Sungold Cherry Tomatoes. These are so sweet!

 

Pickling cucumber

Pickling cucumber

Jalapeno peppers

Jalapeno peppers

Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers

Broken pottery herb garden. Topis chives and trailing rosemary (this did not do well and I transplanted it to another area) English Thyme and peppermint

Broken pottery herb garden. on top is chives and trailing rosemary (Not visible, this did not do well and I transplanted it to another area) English Thyme and peppermint

Garden Harvest

Garden Harvest

Last but not least, I planted a purple heirloom tomato.  I bought a small plant from a local school that was having a spring sale from their green house projects.  They were not sure of the variety.  After  researching heirloom tomatoes, I think this is a Black Krim tomato.

Black Krim purple heirloom tomato just beginning to ripen

Black Krim purple heirloom tomato just beginning to ripen

It needed less rain and more sun than we have had recently. Unfortunately the insects found it when we had so much rain. I managed to get a couple of tomatoes that were good. The texture is good and the flavor is slightly tangy but not overly acidic. Here is what I picked this morning.

Black Krim heirloom tomato.

Black Krim heirloom tomato.