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Bloom Day 4/18

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The spring has been very chilly so far, which is stalling many of the usual April bloomers. The roses aren’t complaining though. This is their best showing to date.

Belinda’s dream is stunning, and smells heavenly, but I am really loving Peggy Martin being the perfect shade of flamingo pink! All of the roses are repeat bloomers, which is a requirement in my garden.

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Bluebonnets are still going strong. They start at least a week later in my garden than some parts of town. I think it’s due to the gravely soil, and no additional water.

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Silvery-blue agave with bluebonnets, what a combination!

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The columbines have also loved the mild spring. They have hung on weeks longer than last year. I am loving how this bed is filling in. I had been unhappy with it for some time, but all it needed was the removal of 3 pale pink pavonias that were extremely happy, but poorly placed.

A few other bloomers.

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Veggie Garden

Veggie Garden

 

Onions

Onions

 

Potatoes

Potatoes

 

Bee Bed

Bee Bed

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Green Beans

Green Beans

 

Tomatoes - 1 of 3 beds

Tomatoes – 1 of 3 beds

 

Tomatillos -- been fighting cutworms all season in this bed

Tomatillos — been fighting cutworms all season in this bed

 

Squash and Cucs

Squash and Cucs 

 

First Tomatoes

First Tomatoes

 

Hairy Vetch

Hairy Vetch

 

Tomatillo Flower

Tomatillo Flower

 

Swiss Chard

Swiss Chard

 

Volunteer Sunflowers

Volunteer Sunflowers

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Tomatoes In

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Most years I have already planted the tomatoes by now, but this spring has been very cold, and even this week is pushing it. The weather is predicted to be mid 30s and windy Wednesday night, but the veggies were getting too big, and had to go outside. I will be putting row cover over everything on Tuesday night.

This year I up-ed the tomatoes to 46. One major change, is that I decided to forgo Romas this year in favor of Juliets. I did a few of these last year, and found the production was much better, the flavor just as good, and they serve the same function as far as canning/sauces etc.

When starting seedlings I couldn’t find a sharpie, so told myself that I would mark the tomatoes later. Well later came and went and I forgot all about it. Needless to say, I have no idea which tomatoes are which, guess we’ll find out in a few months.

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I planted 13 squash, 5 tatume, 5 zucchini, 3 scallop.

I planted 4 lufffa.

I planted 10 cucs. 2 gerkins, 2 lemon, 2 white, 2 straight 8 and 2 parisian pickling.

Elsewhere in the garden I still have

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2 beds of greens

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1 bed of carrots

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1 bed of beets/kohlrabi/lettuce

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1 bed of onions (red and yellow)

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1 bed of garlic

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Potato bags, The green all froze, so I’m hoping they are still alive down there.

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1 bed that was snap-peas. I babied them all winter and they were finally starting to flower when we got another cold snap. I had them covered, but I think there was a hole in the row cover, since the next morning they looked like this.

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In all, I planted 8 new beds today. The cool thing, is that I didn’t have to buy compost for any of them. I was able to use compost from the pile I’ve been working on. This is the first spring I’ve been able to say that.

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First Tomato

 

My first tomato was the very beautiful and tasty heirloom, Violet Jasper. This is my first year growing it, and from the package it is a great producer. I have gotten 8 in the last week.

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Suyo Long
Not sure if you can tell from this picture, but this baby cucumber is really long. The tag says they get to be 15″! It’s amazing how much of a difference I can already see between this variety and the others.

Sweet Slice
I have two of these plants. (You can kind of see the other in the background). These have really done nothing. I’m hoping they take off at some point, but right now they are just wasting valuable real estate. The one has at least grabbed hold of the trellis, but barely. I’m interested to see if I get any production out of them.

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This one has taken off vertically and seems to be doing pretty well. It has produced a few baby cucs so far and is flowering well.

National Pickling

Seems to like horizontal more than vertical and ignores any efforts at training it to go in a specific direction. It does have a few baby cucs and is flowering though, so I can’t complain too much.

General Lee
This one is growing off very well and has taken to the trellis. You can see it also seems to prefer the horizontal direction. I have three plants all heading for the exact same corner, must be something about the morning sun.

Lemon

Doing well and seems to be a vertical climber, which I am very happy about.

Roma

All six of these have fruit.

La Roma

Neither of the two have fruit, but one has some pretty good flowers. I didn’t think there would be much of a difference between Roma and La Roma, but apparently there is.

Black Cherry
These and the Sun Golds have maturing fruit, good plant growth and lots of flowers.

Yellow Pear Cherry

I have two of these and one just got it’s first fruit today. I’ve had luck with these in the past, so I’m not too stressed about their late start.

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>Garden Firsts

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With the move and having to wait on the deer fence, my garden got in a few weeks later than I would have liked. It can be a little discouraging to see others’ plants doing so well, where mine seem to be stagnant, especially my heirloom tomatoes. At least I’ve had a few firsts this week though, including my first ripe cherry tomato (Sun Gold).


First Cucumber Siting, General Lee

First full size pepper, Hungarian Hot

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>Tomatoes Planted

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I started planting tomatoes this weekend. I didn’t plant all of them, as I am still clearing out the beds. By clearing out the beds I mean eating lots of winter veggies. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it 🙂 Sunday night we had a salad with two kinds of lettuce, radishes, carrots, and kohlrabi. Monday night we had my daughter’s favorite, bacon-lemon brussel sprouts.

I know it’s risky planting this early, but I have row cover handy, and actually used it Sunday. It was windy enough that I thought it would be a good idea to shelter the plants. It seemed to work as they look really healthy. I planted romas, pear cherries, and sweet 100 cherries.
I decided that the swiss chard takes up entirely too much room in the beds. I’ve seen them mixed in with flower beds and thought I’d try it. This spot was previously occupied by “Purple Heart”. Although I really liked them, I like having edible chard more. The chard took quite a beating with the 80 degree temps today. I’m hoping it bounces back, otherwise, I’ll be taking a trip to “The Natural Gardener” for new plants.
Here’s my new toy! It is just amazing for hauling dirt, rocks, and plants.

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