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In the garden: June

It’s amazing to realize its been a month since i took you on a visual tour around the garden! I personally survey it every morning and afternoon and am amazed at all the changed that happen on daily basis to all the plants. Nature is truly a marvelous thing.

Peas came in well this year, with the first batch being done and second ripening close behind. And not counting all the wonderful greens (lettuce, kale, spinach, parsley, dill, mustard greens and radishes) the next exciting big thing we are looking forward to are the potatoes, which have been now twice hilled (or in our case, “filled”) and are starting to flower.

We have also been overwhelmed by the chamomile flowers and are having an impossible time keeping up. Our house is filled with drying chamomile!
Its seeded freely from last year and in most placed i left it to grow, because its called “garden’s physician”, making all plants that grow next to it healthy ­čÖé And as an added bonus, ladybugs love it – might be because aphids do to! – but ladybugs in the garden means less aphids and less potato bugs. So yes to chamomile all the way!

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Lettuce in the shade of second year carrots getting ready to flower.

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Chamomile!

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Trellising peas

Peas are, no doubt, the highlight vegetable of the month – the first to bloom and bear fruit in the garden!

As we live on a windy hill, we prefer short/bush type varieties and still like to provide additional support for our peas, especially once they start bearing pods.

In the past we used chicken wire but were unhappy with the results, plus it did not look attractive. We considered using nylon netting this year, but the cost plus the plastic aspect of it made us wish for a better solution.

In the future, my goal would be to provide natural growing support for plants needing it via complimentary sturdy plants, but until we figure out that plan, we decided to go with a rustic approach this year. (Click here to see how our trellising worked out when the peas got to be fully grown)

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We gathered deadfall stick and branches from nearby forest, making sure they were clean of fungus and bugs and constructed teepees and trellising with jute. Now we have a very organic and mostly free trellising landscape, which can easily go into the compost or the fire pit once done!

Also, this is a fun project for kids to help drape the jute netting for the peas to climb on.

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In the garden: May

Last week we have passed the date of the last frost here in Eastern PA. This means we are in Week 1 of the post-frost growing season.
Lots have happened over the last few weeks and we cant wait to share it all!
So – what is growing in the garden this week?

Peas look great so far!

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5 weeks before last frost

At this time, most of the first round of planting seeds have been started in their containers.

The latest additions were the Rohrer Seeds Heirloom Long Island Brussel Sprouts and Tall Utah Celery, both of which are new plants for us, so we are yet to find out how we like growing and eating them!

Most of the plants from a couple of weeks ago are doing well and have nice looking sprouts. I will be thinning them out in the next few weeks to select the strongest seedlings.

Also, since we had a few days of lovely spring weather, i have managed to squeeze in a few first garden plantings: first round of peas, mixed with their complimentary carrots and some stuttgarter onion seeds (in a different location, as peas do not like onions and garlic). Stuttgarter onions are some of the best keepers and i am planning to save them over winter. I have planted two rows, about 100 onions so far and am planning to add another 50-100 more, estimating 2-3 onions usage per week throughout the year. I am planning to add some onion sets (baby onion bulbs from the previous year) to the planted seeds, they need to be planted in April and will provide a nice back up to the planted seeds. They have a faster turnaround, but less likely to keep well, so they will need to be used first.

Onion seeds are better started in the fall, which we had not done, so we will see how this turns out. Garlic, on the other hand, that we DID plant last fall is coming up beautifully. It is also our own heirloom garlic we have saved form the previous year – it was pretty much the only vegetable we managed to grow enough to last us the whole year, along with frozen green beans. I am planning to improve the quantity of stored veggies dramatically this year.

 

 

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