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Around the Garden

May 17th, 2009

So what’s going on around the garden here at Chiot’s Run?
broccoli-cabbage-in-flower-bed
I expanded the flower bed up front to accommodate a dwarf cherry tree I planted last year. I was going to move a few cat mint plants to the new garden area, but I decided to plant some of my broccoli & cabbage plants there since I’m out of room in the raised beds out back.
mixed-lettuce
My new batch of lettuce and arugula is growing nicely, I harvested a little for a salad for diner last night. We’ve really been enjoying the salad season this spring.
garlic-in-the-garden
The garlic is doing incredibly well, I’m very excited to harvest some. As you can see, some of it is about 3 feet tall! Unfortunately the deer ate my peas, so no peas for us this spring. I think if I want peas I’m going to have to grow them in containers on my front porch, or put up a really tall fence.

How’s everyone’s garden growing so far this spring?

11 Comments to “Around the Garden”
  1. Mangochild on May 17, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Sorry to hear about your peas, that must be really frustrating. I’ve never tried growing peas, either in ground or in a container, but I hear nothing is quite like a fresh picked spring pea off the vine.
    I am so excited to see my garden each morning (and evening too, of course!)…. its rewarding to see it come and stay alive, and have the pleasure of saying “I feel like a salad” – and going outside to pick one :-) Like you, the garlic and lettuces are the prime movers right now, and I’ve already started using some of the garlic greens in my cooking. Makes such a difference to have that fresh taste in there. The eggplant are supposed to go outside under the cold frame today, but with all the rain lately, it might have to wait until later in the week – this morning is foggy and last night was quite wet. We’ll see. They are growing like mad, and need to get out!

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    • Susy on May 17, 2009 at 1:57 pm

      Perhaps this fall I’ll plant some more peas and put a good fence up around them. I’d plant more now, but I need the space for my tomatoes.

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  2. Faith on May 17, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I just harvested a variety of cut and come again lettuces. It was an experiment. I planted about a dozen foil lasagna trays worth to see if I could grow them inside.

    I soon discovered, thanks to the cat, that inside was NOT going to work, so they went outside. When I harvested them and brought them inside, ready to have a huge pile of salad, I found they were covered with tiny, light green, wispy flies. I have no idea how to get them out. They are all likely dead now, as the whole thing went into the frig, not having enough time to do anything about it then.

    ~Faith

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  3. Daphne on May 17, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Well half my garlic is doing well and the other half is struggling more. I hope it still survives and produces.

    I’m so sorry about your peas. Spring peas are such a treat. My peas are growing strong. The deer haven’t come back since early spring. Thank goodness! I don’t have any blossoms yet but it should be soon. The spinach, lettuce, radishes (now all picked), and the Asian greens are producing very well considering our lack of rain this spring. Usually it rains over 4″ every month. Before last night we had only one inch in the last month. We had a week of drizzly weather, but no real precipitation was in there. I hope we got some real rain last night. I’ll have to go check. If we did the lettuce will really take off.

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  5. Dan on May 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I think we were expanding our front gardens at the same time. I am adding a flag stone path as well out front. We have been eating lots of greens/lettuces as well this spring, about 3 pounds worth. Amazing how productive they are.

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    • Susy on May 17, 2009 at 1:56 pm

      Oh yes, they are so productive. We’ve been eating lettuce at least one meal a day. It’s so quick to prepare as well.

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  6. kristin on May 17, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    I’m at the stage where I spend part of every day wandering around the garden to see what’s come up (because I’m an obsessive freak like that). And weeding, of course, always weeding. So far, everything has germinated and hasn’t been eaten or destroyed by cut worms yet. Even the peas, which were stolen from us by the rabbits last year. We’re supposed to get a frost tonight, though, so I’d better take some protective measures . . .

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    • Susy on May 17, 2009 at 1:56 pm

      We also have a freeze warning tonight, so I’ll be out covering things as well.

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  7. Karen on May 17, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Wow, it all looks so gorgeous! And I am super jealous of your raised beds, they are fabulous. So sorry to hear about your peas! That’s about the only spring seeds I got around to planting so far. They are still pretty small but I hope they will come along. Still eating arugula from last fall’s planting but they bolted, so I need to replant. This week, for real, I’m going to get some more stuff in the ground!

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  8. Erin on May 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    My lettuce is starting to come up nicely, and my peas are growing, I am totally risking it though by not putting something around them. We have a deer problem here too. My summer squashes & cucumbers are greening nicely as well. I love seeing my beds get thicker and thicker!!!

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