Friday, 4 June 2010

More Gardening

I'm actually feeling a little more cheerful about the garden at the moment than I have in a while. Almost everything is planted, the weeding is under control and after a couple of cool, rainy days things have pretty much doubled in size, including the heat lovers - everything needed some real rain so badly after 3 weeks without any. The spinach and lettuce that were in the cold-frames over the winter are finally bolting. I'm amazed at what a good run we got out of those. I say that every time I post, but it's true.

On the other hand, the spring planted spinach is also starting to bolt. This is much more in line with my usual spinach-growing experience. We've been eating tons of spinach. I haven't posted any recipes because we've just been eating it. The best-tasting spinach we've ever had. We were in Costco last week and bought one of their little pre-packed spinach salads to eat as our lunch as the only other options in the area were greasy fast food joints. It was amazing how terrible it was. Small young leaves, but tough and tasteless. We're now officially spoiled.

Our lettuce bed is finally getting going. We separated all the lettuces that came up in one spot and spaced them out into the bald spot just before the rain and they have almost all taken. We may get some lettuce yet.

The peas are doing fab. All those little white blossoms should be snow-peas next week! Mmm, peas!

Beans are doing okay. That second set in the back are not as lush as they look at first glance; Mr Ferdzy planted potatoes there late in the summer last year as an experiment in growing late potatoes, and they came up this year. Okay; new experiment. How do potatoes and beans do at intercropping?

We also have official potato beds that are doing very nicely. I see we have some sort of squash or melon growing in amongst them as some seeds that got put in the compost... didn't. Experiment #2 in intercropping.

Tomatoes, peppers and eggplants all in and doing well. We've been picking off most of the blossoms, especially the peppers as we want the plants to get bigger before they start producing fruit. You can just see a batch of kale that overwintered in the upper left corner of the photo. We've left them in to go to seed. Gotta save some money some how!

And finally, Mount Manure has returned, although in a different spot than last year. We had it dumped on a part of the lawn that grows very badly. I think a bunch of construction crud was left there when the garage was built. A little manure can only do it good. (But what we're going to see is what a lot of manure does.)

This is the elk manure we have managed to get mostly for free. The only cost to us is having it delivered - 2 dump-trucks full, or about 30 cubic yards. Time to get the wheelbarrow going! This stuff is amazing. It's lumpy, full of clumps of straw and weed seeds, still composting after 3 years and practically impossible to get seedlings started in. It's also so incredibly fertile and full of life (and I don't just mean the weeds) compared to the municipal compost we started off getting that there is just no comparing the two. We expect this stuff to basically transform our garden. We can already see a huge difference over last year's garden. It's been a real stroke of luck being able to get it.

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