Archives for the month of: September, 2011

Young Farmers: A Growing Movement by Fran Korten — YES! Magazine.

I’m not surprised, of course we love to grow things.

Noemi’s carpool buddy, Laura, gave me this cute little bunny for my birthday.  Noemi and Laura have been carpooling for a few months and Laura gave me the bunny before she even met me.  How wonderful of her!  We finally did meet on Monday.  She is a very sweet person, we are lucky to know her.  The bunny has a very classic outfit with her pinafore and pants. I wonder if she’s a nurse bunny.  Not sure.  So cute.  I am happy to add her to my bunny doll collection.  She needs a name.  Anyone have any ideas?

These arrived for me last Thursday at my job.  I picked then up at the front desk and then walked alllllll through the office back to my seat.  All eyes where not following, but those that were, I’m sure were wanting roses of their own.  When I finally got back to my seat, my coworkers were all excited wanting to know why I had received them and from whom.  After I told them, the flowers were from Noemi for my birthday, they all said they wanted flowers and how beautiful.  What fun!

Lettuce, Collards and Broccoli

They are tiny, but mighty.  I just started these seeds on Tuesday and they are already up!  I can’t believe it.  This looks like the start of a very promising season.  We are looking to plant broccoli, lettuce, spinach, collards, kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, radishes, cilantro, and celery.  Rebecca, my very own “Fairy Gardenmother,” has let me know that onions and carrots are fall weather plants.  That’s why they didn’t show up for me in the spring.  Sooooooooo, I will try them again.  In the correct season.  Now.

This past winter we had 52 lettuce plants.  I felt that was too many,  Noemi thinks she needs another 52.  Honestly, I got tired of lettuce.  I felt like I had to keep eating it because we had bags of it in the fridge and still more ready in the garden.  I’m not even sure I’m over last winter’s abundance of lettuce.  I don’t know how this will turn out. Garden wars?

Hungarian Yellow Pepper

While the garden is looking very scruffy these days, there are still some signs of life.  So before we get into the fall season planting, let’s talk about summer 2011.  Besides the watermelon, cantaloupe, and armenian cucumber take over, we had a good showing from clemson okra, brandywine tomatoes, yellow pear tomatoes, cherokee purple tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, hungarian yellow peppers, tomatillos, basil, parsley, radish, rosemary, tarragon, chamomile, oregano and mint.

Now, a no-show were my carrots.  I planted them twice and I got one little leaf to show up, but that’s it.  My onions were doing good for a bit and I was getting excited and they flat out disappeared.  Really.  Somewhere between the tomato vines, poof!  String beans and anasazi beans did show up, just not enough.  I think I would have to plant a lot more of them.  I planted 18 string bean plants.  I thought that would be enough, but I only got a few string beans.  I did better with the anasazi beans, I think they needed to be in the shade long before we got the cover up, for them to produce more.

I’ll try the carrots, onions and string bean again next spring.  I’ll start the carrots in starter pots, that should help them to come up.  And I’ll keep an eye on my disappearing onions. And my main mantra is trellis, trellis, trellis.  I’m hoping a few good trellises will keep the vines in order.  Cause I have to have my melons…

Hoe and Tiller

The first weekend that it has been under 100 degrees, we did the right thing and took our tools and ourselves out to the garden to make some sense of the land.  Actually, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  I didn’t even need the tiller.  We had let the garden die back for the past couple of weeks. I only watered my pepper plants.  So when we went out to pull up the plants, they came out easily and the earth wasn’t hard to beak up at all.  I would categorize this outing as a screaming success, especially since I didn’t end up screaming and frustrated and ready to sell the house.

Noemi's Garden Clearing Outfit

Our next steps will be to fertilize and plant seedlings. I am so happy.  I have been dreading the thought of going out to clear the garden.  We were able to get the two 4×8′s done.  And I kept a few plants, basil and pepper plants.

Next week I’ll start planting and finish clearing out the three 4×4′s.  I’m not planning to add new beds this season.  I think it would be too much for me to keep up with right now.  I’m just planning to replant the beds we have and possibly add a bed in the spring.

My usual seedling suppliers are not around, our farmer’s market doesn’t start again until the end of October, so I’ll start some seeds.  I picked up lettuce, spinach and kale.  It’s good to get back in the garden.

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