Another picture post.

End of the Day

At the end of the day, before peeling back half of the row cover to prep the soil.


The next morning, after working the bed. Even with the black cover on it there was a lot of weeding to be done. Then I worked in some compost that we made over the past couple years. This soil has still not reached it’s potential but after this Fall and Winter, it will be black gold. For this season, it has to do.


Here’s a couple shots of the garden with all of the trellis stakes I put up.


End of the Day

At the end of the day, before peeling back half of the row cover to prep the soil.

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I’m actually not a big fan of the color wheels but they move so easily and make some noise. I’ve had no issues with the rabbits or deer so I’m superstitious about taking them out.


We’ve been able to eat some of the Cherrybelle Radishes. The more mature ones have some zip.

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The Herb garden is also home to the extra Tomato plants I have. So far I’ve found good homes for a few of them. The neighbors and some friends have taken some. I would like to see some more of them make it to someone’s garden. There are a few really good specimens in there yet. The other flats have Marigolds, Giant Marigolds, African Daisy, Shasta Daisy, and Pyrethrum Daisy.


The Herb garden is home to two types of Thyme, Rosemary, Oregano, Cilantro, Sage, and Parsley. The corners, outside the bed, have Nasturtium. I still have to plant some Terragon in the top circle as well as other stuff I’ve yet to decide.


There’s some weeding left to be done in the herb garden. It’s all a bunch of grass that seems to be slowly invading.


There’s still a few Kong Sunflower plants even though we’ve planted over 200 of them already. We’re hoping the critters don’t discover them.


I couldn’t resist buying some late Strawberries. I bought 10 plants. I have them all individually planted in 12 inch pots except for 2 really large pots are shared by 2 plants. These won’t be their permanent residences. I’m thinking of using the 2 square beds where the Carrots, Radishes, Peas, and Swiss Chard currently are. I don’t want the Strawberries taking over so getting them into their own contained beds would work well. Hopefully they like the pots enough this season until the square beds are free.


I planted 25 of these Kale plants today in the long row that I just worked the compost into. I also planted about 50 or more Onions in that bed as well.


Here are some extra Kale and Tomatoes I still have. I couldn’t part with these Tomato specimens as they are so good that they’re actually looking better than a few that we already planted. I might be getting them in the ground instead. I also need to find more room for Kale. 25 plants should be enough, but if I have the room I’ll plant them.

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Gilbertie Tomatoes


Roma Tomatoes

Amish Paste

Amish Paste Tomatoes

New Trellis

New trellis installed. PM51 Melons planted.


Musk Melons, Onions, and Beets planted. Still need to get new trellis netting for this bed.


Oregano is going nuts.




Cucumbers are up already. Also in this bed are more Onions and Beets. Today, the first leaves of the Beets are poking up.

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All is well in the square beds. Peas are climbing. Radishes have been delicious. Carrots look healthy.

First Iris

The first Iris of the year opened. This is in the garden. A few in the pond, also yellow, have opened as well.


The relocated Rhododendrons are blooming now, too. They’re doing well in their new home.

Even this one.

Even the one that was really limping along is doing well.


The peninsula is looking lush.



Still getting Tulips and Hyacinths coming up, too. These are really late. These are all new this season and we weren’t even sure they’d come up.

It’s been cold the last couple days and will be cold again tomorrow, maybe Sunday. Today it was 39 degrees when we got up. I am sure none of the tomatoes or peppers really appreciated that. The next few days I’ll be hopefully finishing the rest of the trellises and stoning the perimeter before things grow anymore than they have.

Watch for a couple short posts over the next few days.


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