Garden update

So far, this year’s garden is doing quite well, even though it was started nearly a month late. We had a delay because Jan rebuilt our four raised beds, which are now 8″ high (instead of 4″) high and contain strategically placed vertical PVC tubes that let us add trellises, hoops, and other PVC structures wherever we like. The rebuilding and having to wait for our garden soil to be delivered (the supplier had a delay because of the extremely wet spring) meant that seeds for my peas, lettuces, and other cold-weather-loving plants didn’t go into the ground on March 17 as they’re supposed to.

But in spite of the late start—and thanks to a pretty cool summer so far—we’ve been enjoying plenty of home-grown produce! In bed #1, the peas and lettuces are nearly spent, but the mizuna, lovage (a perennial), parsley, and pole beans are going strong. This year I set up the bean teepees directly over the lettuce, figuring that (1) lettuce doesn’t mind shade, and (2) by the time the beans started the dominate the space, the lettuces would be ready to come out anyway. I’m pleased to report that this has all turned out according to plan!



Bed #2 has Swiss chard, carrots (two kinds), basil, cilantro.


Bed #3 has tatsoi, beets, cherry tomatoes, and basil.


And bed #4 has cucumbers (slicers and picklers), pattypan squash, basil, cosmos, sunflowers, and zinnias.



5 Responses to “Garden update”

  1. Shannahon 30 Jun 2014 at 7:24 am

    Wow! Looks beautiful and delicious!
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  2. Deborahon 02 Jul 2014 at 8:53 am

    This is so amazing! Manny and I wish we lived somewhere that we had space to plant a garden like this. Considering we just renovated and moved upstairs, I don’t think we’ll have this anytime soon. So I will just live vicariously through your garden!
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  3. Marshaon 03 Jul 2014 at 4:38 pm

    @Shannah: Thanks! Are you growing anything these days?
    @Deobrah: Do you have a balcony or a window ledge where you can put some pots?
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  4. Shannahon 07 Jul 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Marsha–I have an unsuccessful lime tree in the back yard! No fruit, but it’s still alive, so I’ll call that good. :)

  5. Marshaon 08 Jul 2014 at 9:30 am

    @Shannah: It’s still alive, so heck yeah, it counts! :)
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