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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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Fall Garden 2 Months Update

December 6, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s been two months since I started my fall garden. Aside from the spinach, everything else is coming along wonderfully. A few nights of temps in the 30s has killed off what remained of my summer crops so there’s now room for more plantings in the backyard garden.

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The broccoli plants are in full production:

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The kale that I planted in spring are still going strong:

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The red lettuces are large and look absolutely amazing:

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Vibrantly colored Swiss chards:

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Brussel sprouts:

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Kohlrabi:

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Collards:

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Romaine lettuce:

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Cabbages are slowly coming along:

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Within the last month, I have also performed a second round of plantings which included Morris Heading cabbage collards, brocolli, Savoy cabbage, red cabbage, and parsley.

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In addition, Mr. Taylor from across the street has been donating his leaves to my compost pile. I am using the leaves as a source of carbon and combining them with nitrogen rich manure from the meat rabbits in alternating layers.

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In return, I gave Mr. Taylor a nice basket of harvest:

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Fall Garden 1.5 Week Update

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment

The fall garden is off to a good start. With the exception of the the spinach, everything else is doing great.

Spinach:

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Swiss chard:

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Kohlrabi:

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Brussel sprouts:

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Red lettuce:

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Cabbage:

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Broccoli:

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Romaine lettuce:

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The watermelon patch has been cleared to make room for more fall plantings:

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