Monday, August 04, 2008

Garden Update - The Good

Muskegon Critic, did you just challenge me to a My-Garden-is-Worse-Than-Your-Garden contest?

Well, let's start with the good:
My container potatoes are looking pretty good, especially considering that they were only planted about three weeks ago. The left container is Pontiac red, the right is Yukon gold. As the vines grow, I am hilling up straw on top of them, just leaving the top parts exposed. From my limited knowlege of potato cultivation, this is supposed to encourage higher yields. Apparently, the more of the plant that is underground, the more potatoes are produced.

Also looking healthy are my pot of scarlet runner beans, also planted a few weeks ago. Not looking so good is the cilantro in the pot to the left.

This is the first year I've tried to grow herbs from seed. This basil was Wintersown, then neglected for about six weeks, and tranplanted into this planter a few weeks ago.

Here is the bed with my remaining potatoes, beans, and corn. The back row of potatoes are one hill of pontiac red and one hill of Yukon gold. The front two rows are purple potatoes I bought at the grocery store that sprouted before I had a chance to cook them. The potatoes were planted a few weeks ago. The sickly corn (far back) was wintersown and then neglected while I was recuperating from my hand injury. I don't expect it to produce anything. The green beans on the right were direct sown a few weeks ago. Do you like the weird pot on a stick? It came with the house. I like to leave it empty and see what weeds end up there. This year has seen a lot of dandelion greens and purslane. Hey! Those are edible....can I count them as a garden success?

Last fall, I planted some small fruits that I received from a fellow Freecycler. I knew I wasn't planting at the right time. I also knew the bed hadn't been properly prepared. Of the canes I planted, two survived. They are pretty small but looking healthy.

In the front yard, the mint my mother in law brought me also seems to be doing very well. Or at least, it's currently out-competing the weeds. But, it's mint. Isn't mint practically an invasive species?

Also in the front yard is my hidden yellow squash planting at the back of the perennial bed. These were planted from seed a few weeks ago. Can you see them there amongst the weeds?

Our side yard is absolutely infested with weeds: garlic mustard, creeping Charlie, bindweed, Canada thistle, burdock...and probably more I haven't learned to identify. The previous owners also mulched this area with small rocks. Yikes. I laid down a piece of tarp and planted zucchini seed in cut outs in the plastic. They actually seem to be doing pretty well.

Not too bad, considering the neglect the garden has received, right? I seriously underestimated the impact a baby would have on my life. The hand injury coupled with my lengthy time out of town this spring didn't help either.

But, this is just the good. Stay tuned for the next post: Garden Update -- The Bad.


Muskegon Critic said...

I wouldn't say I'm CHALLENGING, per se. More like Calling You Out. It's technically more of a "throwing down" than a "challenging." The gauntlet is down, madam. My weed to plant ratio is famous, and my harvest is INfamous. Don't make me post the CLOSE UPS of my garden, cuz I'll do it. I swear to god I will.

I must say though, your plants are looking pretty good, but also without fruit. Am I being too impatient perhaps for my tomato plants? My 90 year old neighbor was talking about how she had a bumper crop of tomatos until the deer ate them all in mid July. I'm not even CLOSE to that point.

esp said...

See, I have not yet begun to show the weeds. Weeds are still to come.

Me telling you about tomato harvest would be like the blind leading the blind. Last year, I didn't have fruit until later in the summer, but my yard is pretty shady whereas yours is nice and sunny.

Nope, no fruit at all. But, I'm considering this a mid-July planting for a fall harvest rather than a standard summer garden. Actually, I just got a shipment of cool weather seeds from Territorial: parsnips, mache, and some cold hardy European greens. The Boy loves parsnips. If I can get a cold ram built this week, I'll have more pictures to show.