The Garden – Spring 2012 Update

Posted by on June 12, 2012

This was the year that I decided not to do much in the garden. Well, I couldn’t really resist.

First of all, by April, we still hadn’t eaten all the potatoes from last year, so those needed to go into the ground, two long rows worth of potatoes. Add to that the row of potatoes that are volunteering from last year and it looks like we will have a lot of potatoes this fall.

Then there are the perennials. Asparagus, sorrel, rhubarb, the herbs (oregano, chives, garlic, sage, lavender), strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and the pear tree looks like it will have a good crop this year. In the vegetable garden, kale and chard came back. The cardoon is spreading so now we have three impressive plants.

But I did need to plant tomatoes. The plants I grew from seed didn’t make it, but the eleven tomato plants I bought at the farmer’s market are going strong. I also decided to plant all my old seed. I have no expectations that these old seeds – some two or three years old – will germinate, but I tried. The peas did not come up, only 3 little corn plants emerged. With the dry weather, I don’t yet know if any of the radishes, beans, edamame, beets, cabbage, or squash will make it.

We got three hazelnut bushes from Arbor Day, but they were sent way too late, right at the start of this extremely dry spell, so I don’t know if they will make it either. The blueberry bushes are struggling. I planted mesclun mix in a large pot right outside our back porch and added basil and mint to the herb garden.

No garden? I don’t think that’s possible.

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