Friday, June 03, 2011

Annual Garden update

Not too much new in the garden this year. We put down a ton of uncomposted compost in the veggie bed last fall and then some more finished compost this spring so we're hoping this will aid in a bountiful crop this year.

The seedling exchange yielded a bunch of tomatoes, basil, parsley, rosemary and some thyme. We bought a bunch of hot peppers, broccoli and cauliflower at the friends sale and I put in the carrots, radishes and peas that I grew from seed. This went well despite it not being recommended. The peas are slowly growing and I am a little skeptical that they will grow up the bamboo stakes we put in. They don't appear to be going anywhere, but they do have some peapods on them, so who knows. Every year we are trying something new so we will see how it goes.

Although I don't typically plant tomatoes until June, this year I planted them a couple weeks ago. These plants, above, haven't been planted yet and have tomatoes already on them, pretty crazy. We are growing 11 plants, which I know is a bit nuts, but I'm sure we can find people to take them off our hands. We're sticking with almost exclusively heirlooms and my favorite name for one of the plants is Mr. Stripey.

As for the rest of the garden, we lost a few plants due to the snowy winter we had (which doesn't make a lot of sense since the more snow we have the more insulated the plants are from the cold). Our real problem this spring is ANTS! They are making their homes everywhere. We had the pavers resanded with locking sand and they are pulling all the sand out. Curses! We would welcome any advice on a nontoxic way of killing them. Boiling water hasn't worked.

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