Garden Progress

When you have a problem, sit and stare at it for awhile and let your mind come up with the answers.  We have three issues that the eastern flat-landers don’t have:  1. Very dry air and desiccating wind, 2. Hail, and 3. Intense sun.  Last year’s drought really  pissed me off.  We lost virtually everything. Being who I am, I was not about to let that become a recurring theme; at least not without a fight.  So as you have seen with previous posts, we ran a high pressure hydrant to the garden areas which has jump started the drip irrigation.  We also built the hail guards and sun shade cloth on all the beds.  As of today, the hail guards have been successfully tested with inch sized ice and the shade cloth is doing exactly what it should.  None of the gardens looks stressed.  In fact, they are looking very healthy (along with the evil Bindweed).  My green beans have not come up and I think it’s because I used older seeds; so more are on the way and I’ll replant those when they arrive.  Even the frost bit tomatoes have all rebounded.  We are back on track.

Cucumbers:

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I even got Spinach to germinate this year!  It’s planted with the Cauliflower.

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A Bajillion Peppers from Bell to Habanero.

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Onions Galore

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Our usual forest of Garlic.  Scapes soon for Pesto and the actual harvest around July 4th.  This bed will get replanted with Green Beans.

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Much to my son’s displeasure, the Broccoli is luvin’ life!

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All of the tomatoes have snapped back from the frost.  It looks like we will be making plenty of sauce this year. There are 60 plants plus the cherries.

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The Black Beans are up.

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Future Coleslaw:

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Farmer Juan taking a break to rough-house with the boys.  They are the sweetest, most rambunctious guys ever.

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3 comments on “Garden Progress

  1. tonytomeo says:

    Cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage growing in JUNE!? It must be nice. Is that just because autumn comes early? It can’t be ‘that’ early. I mean, it still needs to get through July and August!

    • aghippie says:

      We start them indoors in late February. They will have produced by about the middle of July. I will start their successors around that time and have another crop around August. Same with spinach.

      • tonytomeo says:

        That is impressive. I do not know what your climate is like, but I suspect that it gets warmer than it does here (since most climates do), but that it is also arid. That is the combination that makes those cruciferous vegetables difficult to grow for us in inland valleys.

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