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skud ([personal profile] skud) wrote2014-02-02 10:06 pm
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Garden Share Collective, February 2014

This is a crosspost from Chez Skud. You can comment here or there.

Time for another Garden Share Collective, hosted by Lizzie at Strayed from the Table.

As you probably remember, I moved into my new house in December and quickly rushed to set up a bit of no-dig garden using my moving boxes as the bottom layer. It now looks like this:

no dig garden with lots of things growing, including a number of tall tomato plants with stakes

Standing up near the compost bins, looking back toward the house. Just in the foreground you can see the latest expansion in the no-dig beds, just started last week before it got hot.

(For comparison, see last month.)

Everything’s coming along nicely albeit a bit slower than if I’d put everything in during the spring. Unlike many people, my garden hasn’t suffered too much from the heat, and to be honest I’m not sure why. I basically just give it a good soak once a day if it’s over 30, or twice a day if it’s over 35. The worst I’ve seen is a few scorched leaves on the zucchini. I don’t mean to boast, but I am quite pleased!

So, the tour, in photos:

sunflower bud

The sunflowers are about as tall as I am, and just about to bloom.

zucchini plant with a couple of flowers, one female

This is the biggest of the zucchini plants, and today for the first time it has a female flower (the one with the little zucchini attached). Fingers crossed for fertilization!

my hand, full of small to medium red and yellow tomatoes.

I’m harvesting a small salad worth of tomatoes every couple of days. The yellowish ones are jaune flammes, the tiny red ones are wild sweeties, and I’m not sure what the in between red ones are.

garden beds with beans, zucchini, and squash

I’ve extended into another section since last month, if I recall correctly. Beans in the foreground, and that’s a potimarron (aka kuri squash) growing up the frame in the background.

a squash plant starting to grow long tendrils around a tree stump

The pumpkins/squashes I planted in spots on the other side of the garden, which were tiny seedlings last month, are now starting to sprawl across the garden.

several trays of seedlings

But where things are really starting to change is down the back, where I have a whole seedling production facility coming along in the greenhouse/shadehouse. Mostly what I have coming along here are various kinds of greens.

seedlings in a tray

These are the ones that are closest to being ready to plant out, once I have some more space ready for them. Calendula, mizuna, perpetual spinach, and I forget what else to be honest.

two trays of microgreens

I’ve also been growing microgreens. Peas on the right, “winter mix” (beet, kale, mustard, etc) on the left. Just about ready to start picking.

lemon tree in a pot

I also scored this lemon tree from Emilly. She reckons it needs to go into the ground because it’s not happy in the pot, but doesn’t have anywhere good to put it herself, so I promised to take care of it until the weather cools down a little, then plant it near my washing line. We’re not sure what variety it is, but either Meyer or Eureka.

plums hanging from the tree

The fruit trees are coming along okay I guess. There are a few plums like this, which look like they’ll need at least another week to ripen.


And finally, I got some comfrey in next to the compost bins. I’d like to grow some other good compost herbs, too.

So all in all things are looking pretty good, though not as productive as they would have been if I’d got stuff planted earlier. I’m particularly keen for the zucchini to start happening, and have my fingers crossed for the other kinds of squash/pumpkin hoping they’ll have time to fruit and ripen before autumn gets too cold. No luck yet from the eggplants or tomatillos, either, and I’m starting to think tomatillos aren’t worth the bother. We’ll see.

To do this month:

  • Extend the no-dig beds towards the compost bins. (I’m actually running short on cardboard, but will do as much as I can, maybe on Tuesday when the weather is cooler.)
  • Start planting greens around that area.
  • Keep going with succession planting, and definitely get the winter crops started from seed.
  • Establish a perennial/herb bed near the back door of the house — need to put aside a couple of boxes just for this, or else use newspaper/junk mail/???
  • Pot up the various mints I have into larger pots, and find a good spot for them all to live (I’m thinking near the greenhouse).
  • Keep watering everything regularly!
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)

[personal profile] lilacsigil 2014-02-03 03:39 am (UTC)(link)
I'm glad the garden is dealing well with the heat. We have a metric ton of zucchinis but no ripe tomatoes yet! It's very frustrating.
st_aurafina: A shiny green chilli (Food: Green Chilli)

[personal profile] st_aurafina 2014-02-03 11:03 am (UTC)(link)
Ack, all those lovely tomatoes! I'm jealous!

*trudges on with five thousand ways to use zucchini*