Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June State of the Garden Report:: In the Ground

Are you prepared for lots of green and brown? Now that the planting is done and the growing season has begun, it is time to document the state of the garden. We are splitting our gardening space this year between an in-ground garden, various potted plants and our existing fruit bearing trees/canes. Through the rest of the week I will be posting a status report on our various gardening projects. We've been spending a lot of time and energy in our yard!

Overview of the garden: left side.

Overview of the garden: right side

Broccoli, Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts
Started with plants from Mother Earth Gardens
Marigolds planted throughout for their rumored pest deterring qualities

Approximately 300 onions - red, white and yellow
started from onions sets (bulbs)
white and yellow from Menards
red from Mother Earth Gardens

Beans - Bush Blue Lake 274
These are the second planting. The first round were from seeds I had bought 3 years ago and stored improperly. They never sprouted. These seeds popped their heads up suddenly and aggressively in the time between my morning and afternoon weeding sessions.

Cocozelle Squash, Buttercrunch Lettuce and Grand Rapids Leaf Lettuce
all started from seed

Heirloom Sweet Peas
started with seeds from my dad
pea trellises built as a collaboration between my dad and Paul

Homemade Pickles Cucumbers and Mesclun Mix Lettuce
started from seeds

Straight Eight Cucumbers
started from seeds

Fiskeby Soybean (Swedish variety of soybeans, Seed Savers Exchange)
started from seeds
We planted a row of these and only 2 came up.
Hopefully we will have better luck with a second planting.

This last shot is a doozy. We planted a bunch of 4 foot rows from seed. In those rows we have:
Collards - Vates Non Heading
Swiss Chard - Red and White Mix (Organic)
Kale - Dwarf Blue Curled
Radish - French Breakfast (Heirloom)
Carrots - Touchon (Heirloom)
Carrots - Carnival Blend (Organic)
Beets - Chioggia (Heirloom)

Total in ground garden space is 11 feet by 29 feet


  1. Wow - gorgeous garden; great inspiration! I love the trellises especially - they'll look so pretty all covered in vines! :-)

  2. Marigolds are edible too, right? I love it all, great work and best of luck for continued growth and blooming!

  3. This is amazing! I'm so impressed with all that you're doing, and the pea trellises are really beautiful. I can't wait to see them all cover with peas! Good luck on all the growing!

  4. Thanks for the well wishes on the garden. I am having a great time with it. Missy - I have never ate marigolds, but that is not to say I wouldn't give it a try!


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