May 2014: In The Garden


Today is so beautiful outside, I’m taking advantage of the weather to do some much needed weeding. I thought I’d put up a quick update on my garden while I’m forced to be inside waiting for lunch to finish cooking.

I got a late start on many of my warm season plants, so they’re still in the greenhouse waiting for their second set of true leaves to grow before I transplant them into the garden. Most of what I have coming up now are cool weather crops.

May 2014 Garden
In this bed I have spinach, peas, cabbage (only a couple actually came up), two types of lettuce, carrots, and radishes.

Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach

Bloomsdale Longstanding Spinach.

Direct sowed on 3/21- 6 weeks ago exactly. I planted these along the far left side of the bed, directly next to the peas. Spinach is a good companion plant for peas.

Wando Garden Peas

This year I planted Wando Garden Peas. I honestly can’t remember if I did both rows with this variety, or if I did one side with something else (I have so many packs of seeds to choose from!). A good reminder to write down what you plant and when- don’t rely on your memory! Also direct sowed on 3/21 (6 weeks ago exactly).

Three Heart Lettuce

Three Heart Lettuce and Red Romaine. Also started exactly six weeks ago from seed. Looking good!

Pink Beauty Radishes

I interplanted Pink Beauty Radishes with St. Valery Carrots.

Radishes make good companion plants for carrots, as they ripen before the carrots are ready to harvest. When you pull up the radishes, they make a nice pocket for the carrots to fill in. These were direct sowed at the same time as everything else in this bed. I’m actually harvesting some of these radishes to go with our lunch today.

PotatoesPotatoes

The potato beds are coming along. There are red and yellow potatoes in here. My neighbor gave me a big box of seed potatoes; I’m not sure what variety they are, but so far they’re growing beautifully! I mulched around them with leaves I gathered in the woods.

Horseradish

I planted several Maliner Kren Horseradish roots, which I think have all sprouted now. (Ordered from Burpee.) This is supposed to be an “excellent variety for making your own ground horseradish”.

Strawberry Spinach

I transplanted this Strawberry Spinach a couple of weeks ago. It isn’t really spinach, but the leaves resemble the flavor. It’ll have clusters of red, edible berries when it fully matures.

Strawberry Spinach

Here’s a closer look. I’ve never grown or eaten Strawberry Spinach before, so it’ll be fun to try.

Strawberries

The Sparkle strawberries are in full bloom. I planted them in the asparagus bed, since they’re both perennials. Not sure how well it’ll work out, but they transplant well so I can always move them again if need be.

asparagus

Speaking of asparagus, this has been the first year we’ve been able to harvest from our plants. The only problem is, they’re coming up one or two spears at a time! It’s hard to make much of such slim pickings. As you might be able to tell from the photo, I’ve just kinda let them go if there isn’t enough to harvest at one time. I definitely need a bigger bed!

Garden Bed May 2014

Here’s another one of my beds, which I’m out the door to weed in just a few minutes. In it (besides crazy amounts of weeds) are garlic, a couple of surviving broccoli plants, carrots, radishes, onions, and sugar beets.

radishes and carrots

More radishes and Red Dragon Carrots.

That’s pretty much all I have time to share right now. I’ll update more soon.

How is your garden coming along??


Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

12 Comments

  1. How do you keep the bugs from eating all your plants. This is my first year with a veggie garden. I started seedlings early indoors and got them out there on time. I’ve fertilized with organic fertilizers even after improving my soil with lots of rich compost that I’ve been working on for the last few years. I’ve been checking on them daily watering and weeding. I did direct sow some of the plants and think maybe some of those were bad seeds because some never seemed to come up at all. Many of my transplants died right away. What was left is being eaten away by bugs! I made a “natural” bug repellant and have been spraying on them after watering and rain. It’s made of dish soap and water. Oh yeah also my seedlings that have survived so far are NOT growing at any rate I would consider normal. I have cabbage that were planted early indoors, then transplanted and they still look much like they did when they were still in the house. Very straggly…not like a cabbage at all. Any ideas what I did wrong? I planted cabbage, carrots-same kind you used first-never saw any of these come up, romaine-didn’t come up, and Heirloom kale-the worst bug attack I could imagine-made them look like I mowed them! I live in southeast Louisiana. Any tips anyone might have would be helpful. I told my husband I would like a small greenhouse for future seedlings. maybe it might help?

    • April,

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having so much trouble!! I know firsthand how incredibly frustrating that is. You sound like me my first couple of years, lol. A couple of things popped out at me, though it’s hard to tell what’s wrong without actually seeing your garden and knowing everything you’ve done. But I wonder: Did you harden the plants before transplanting them outdoors? Do they have 2 sets of true leaves yet? I wouldn’t use fertilizer unless the plants start to loose their dark green color. You can burn your plants by over-fertilizing them. Be sure you aren’t watering them in the sunlight, only very early in the morning, and late in the evening, when the sun is weakest- otherwise you’ll scorch your plants. I’d also go easy (or even completely stop) spraying the plants with soapy water. They probably aren’t big enough to handle that yet (assuming they’re still young plants).

      Some things grow pretty slowly. Oftentimes the seed pack will tell you how many days it takes to maturity, so you can at least have an idea of how much longer you have to wait. Seeds must be kept moist until they germinate (you’ll see them popping through the soil). If the ground dries out, they won’t come up. You can place cardboard over your carrot patch to maintain a moist environment, but be sure to check it every day for signs of growth and remove it as soon as one little sprig has emerged.

      Keep trying! It gets a little better every year 😉

  2. I am so jealous! I live in zone 2 and we are still experiencing freezing at night. I have my started plants under lights in my house and am just waiting for some warm weather to harden them off. I am itching to get digging in the dirt! Your garden looks great!

  3. Looks good! I am just now planting things, and hope to have warm enough temps to get a jump on planting warm crops now too. (Trying to convice hubby it worth doing row covers for some of my tomatoes.)

    Just so you know the Strawberry Spinach will come back like weeds if you let it. I planted it 4yrs ago for my bil that was living with me. It still pops up in random spots

  4. Everything looks wonderful! What zone are you in to be planting cold weather crops? I am in Fl and we plant those in the fall, lol. I just find it so interesting how everything grows at a different time, and in different locations. (I probably could have written that better, but am tired sooo…)
    Anyway, good job!

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