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Spring Garden

April 28, 2013 Leave a comment

I started my spring garden two weekends ago with the planting of corn, eggplant, bell pepper, crooked-neck squash, straight-neck squash and zucchini squash. Since then, an unusual amount of traveling has kept me from finishing my spring plantings. I was starting to get a bit concerned that if I wait any longer the stores would stop carrying spring vegetables. I went to Lowe’s today and was surprised to find that they were fairly well stocked so I went on a shopping spree to make up for lost time. I started planting in the morning. By noon, the rain which had been forecasted for the entire weekend finally graced us with its presence. Undeterred, I continued working in my rain suit and by the end of the day my backyard was finally starting to resemble a garden.

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My spring garden now consists of:

1 oregano
1 spicy oregano
1 stevia
1 lemon balm
1 orange mint
2 German thyme
2 red bell pepper
2 orange petite bell pepper
2 rosemary
2 sweet basil
3 yellow bell pepper
4 Japanese eggplant
4 corn
4 husky cherry red tomato
8 black beauty eggplant
8 spaghetti squash
8 sweet potato
8 Georgia hybrid collard
8 asparagus

Here are some pictures.

Corn:

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Black Beauty eggplant:

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Red, yellow, and green bell pepper:

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Japanese eggplant:

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Spaghetti squash:

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Cherry tomato:

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Sweet potato:

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Stevia:

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Orange mint:

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Lemon balm:

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Asparagus:

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Spicy oregano:

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German thyme:

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Sweet basil:

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Rosemary:

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Crooked-neck, straight-neck, and zucchini squash:

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Georgia hybrid collards:

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Oregano:

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In addition, there are still some remnants from the winter garden:

1 flat leave parsley
1 cilantro
2 carrot
8 cabbage
22 Swiss chard

The parsley, cilantro and Swiss chards are looking prehistoric with their enormous size. One of the carrot plant’s leafy top is now at my waist height. I hope this is indicative of the size of the carrot underground.

Here are some pictures of these monster winter plants. I’ve included a 5 gallon bucket in some of the pictures for size reference.

Cabbage:

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Carrot:

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Flat leaf parsley:

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Clantro:

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Swiss Chard:

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Orchard Update – Spring 2013

April 28, 2013 2 comments

On my way back from Lowe’s today, I decided to swing by the orchard to see how things were doing there. All the trees in the orchard were just planted last year between late fall and mid summer. So imagine my surprise when I was greeted with tree after tree bearing an abundance of fruits.

The Asian pear trees surprised me last year by fruiting just months after I planted them. However, there were only one or two pears from each tree. This year there are plenty of fruits forming on each of the Asian pear trees:

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The fig trees also produced last year just months after their planting. It looks like I will continue to get figs this year since both the Black Mission and Brown Turkey variations have fruits forming:

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All five of the peach trees are filled with clusters of peaches:

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The two Medley plum trees have not formed any fruits but the Santa Rosa plum trees are fruiting just as abundantly as the peaches:

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The persimmon trees have just started sprouting leaves and no fruits have appeared. The loquat trees are full of leaves but no fruits.

Last year, I planted watermelon and cantaloupe in my backyard garden. They ended up taking up half of the garden. This year, I’ve planted them at the orchard where they will have plenty of room to spread.

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Another surprise that greeted me were several large leeks which were growing naturally under the pecan tree:

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Needless to say, I am extremely pleased at the progress of my year old garden.

In the next couple of weeks, I will be adding another 16 trees to the orchard by introducing apricots, nectarines, cherries, and Fuji apples.