Garden Journaling

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Settling In

Have you ever wondered if it is “too late” to begin your garden? I say it’s hard to be TOO tardy to plant a summer garden! My parents and I began settling back in to our family home early last week. Beginning our summer garden was a top priority. Though we had to scrummage around nurseries to find the remaining tomato plants and hunt through our seed packets to see what was still viable,, we are thrilled to begin our 2013 summer garden. Even with our garden planted later than normal, I expect it to be well worth the time and effort.

Weeding, mulching, sowing, pruning, and transplanting has been a significant part of the week for my parents and I.

Sowing/Transplanting:

6/4/13- Transplanted 4 San Marzano tomato plants into Mom’s raised bed, #1.  San Marzano tomatoes are a type of plum tomatoes and are considered by many chefs to be the best type of paste tomato. San Marzano are determinate tomatoes, so the harvest will primarily come hard and heavy for a two week period or so, where we will be found in the kitchen doing some serious canning and salsa making. 

6/4/13-  Transferred self-sown cosmos from the flower garden  to raised bed #5 to encourage honey bees to come around.Bee on English Lavender

6/4/13-  I tossed in a packet full of ‘Golden Gleam’ nasturtiums to the cosmos raised bed (#5). I will be delighted if even one nasturtium germinates, seeing that the seed packet is from 2009!

6/12/13- Planted 2 Bonnie bell pepper plants, 1 Bonnie red pepper plant, and 1 sweet banana pepper plant in raised bed #1 with the San Marzano tomatoes. Front row from left to right: 2 San Marzano tomato plants, 1 Bonnie bell pepper plant, 1 sweet banana pepper. Back Row from left to right: 2 San Marzano tomato plants, 1 Bonnie bell pepper plant, and 1 Bonnie red pepper. 

6/13/13- Mom planted 5 straight neck squash in raised bed #4.

6/13/13- Planted 2 heirloom German Johnson tomato plants and 2 hybrid Early Girl 50 days tomato plants in raised bed #5 with the cosmos. The 2 German Johnson plants are located to the front left of the bed, while the 2 Early Girls are on the front right, and right corner of the bed. German Johnson is an indeterminate tomato variety, so it will act more like a vine and have a more steady harvest than determinate tomato plants.

6/13/13- Planted 2 flowering Veronica (perennial) in the front flower garden.

6/13/13- Divided garlic bulbs that overwintered and transplanted with a proper spacing in raised bed C

6/14/13- Planted sweet potato slips in raised bed A

6/18/13- Soaked Red Malabar Spinach seeds that are from 2011 in a glass of water. This will aid successful germination by removing the pulp from the berry. Red Malabar Spinach is an incredibly exciting vining plant that deserves a blog post all to itself  (coming soon!)

Maintenance:

6/4/13- Weeded English lavender raised bed. Thankfully the weeds were only grass instead of the nasty wire grass that is in manMuscadine Vine y

of our garden beds.

6/4/13-  Collected 3 wheelbarrow loads of oak leaves from the woods and mulched the tomato raised bed (#1), the cosmos raised bed (#5), and the lavender raised bed (#3).

6/13/13- Pruned the muscadine vine. It really should have been thoroughly pruned in late winter, but since that was not an option, I wanted to give it a quick hair cut. The vines were so rampant that they were creeping up the side of the house and into the nearby dogwood tree!

6/13/13-Removed wire grass from our long raised beds titled, A, B, and C

6/18/13- Dad mowed over a pile of leaves along the fence a few days ago. We used those leaves to mulch the sidewalk flower bed, the herb garden, the sweet potato bed (raised bed A), elephant garlic bed (raised bed B), the other garlic bed (raised bed C), and the squash bed (raised bed #4).
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2 comments on “Settling In

  1. Kathleen
    June 18, 2013

    Emily, you trimmed that very shaggy “beard” of a grapevine and now it looks stunning! That shot illustrates so well how much you lopped off.

  2. George
    July 19, 2013

    Wow, you sure are adventerous up there! Reminds me of someone I know that was getting a bee swarm up there a while back! ; )

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