Saturday, April 23, 2011

Garden Update

Well this is another post for my dad, since he was here when I first built my garden beds, and I haven't posted any updates in a while. I guess you could say I'm learning as I go, as I've had my share of success and failures.  But on the whole, the garden seems to be growing very well, and we enjoyed our first mini-harvest of radishes earlier this week.

The corn and cucumber are growing like crazy - I had to put up a trellis for the cucumber as it was trying to wrap itself around the corn.  In the front three rows I've had mixed success with the peppers - several of them died, but the ones that didn't look really strong.  Reinforcements are growing indoors.

Tomatoes have been a problem for me, as most of them have fallen over and died (some of them I suspect were victims of stray basketball shots).  The exceptions are two in the back row that I think will make it, and one in the pot that is thriving.  I have started more trays inside with roma, big boys, beefsteak and steak sandwich varieties.  Other things growing well here include basil (front), scallion, red onion and rashishes (2nd row) and lettuce and more radishes (3rd row).  Parsley (front row) and oregano (3rd row) are probably not going to make it.  Again, the next generation is growing indoors.

The three plants in the front are pumpkins I planted just over a week ago, and they seem to be doing really well.  Broccoli in the second row have started to take off, but the snap peas and cilantro behind them are not doing so good.  The sunflower at the back is happily motoring along.

The summer squash and zucchini plants are my pride and joy - they just flowered a few days ago, and are probably my most successful crop to date.  I have surrounded both of them with a tomato cage to try to encourage them to grow up.  The front row are filled with carrots and some experimental asparagus, but really this bed is all about the squash.


K said...

WOW! The garden looks wonderful! I'll be posting our update as well. I have decided this year will be including a large learning curve!

Summer squash looks wonderful!

Farmer Mark!

firme de contabilitate said...

You have a great garden, congratulations for it and keep up the good work. I have a small garden in my backyard, but is not so nice like yours.