August 2011


Bed 8 25 July 2011

Bed 8 - 25 July 2011

Fully planted Bed 8, after mixing in 8 cu. ft. of home-made compost. Closest to the viewer are transplnated kale from Harmon Farm Supply starts. Behind the kale is curly leaf escarole that volunteered in various beds. I saved and transplanted these escarole here.  Behind the escarole is a row of Jerusalem artichoke, a member of the sunflower family.  These were volunteers in different parts of the garden, too. I transplanted them to this gopher-proof bed.  Their edible portions, the roots (fantastic ove-roasted, with a mild taste, hinting of artichoke) are delicious for gophers, too.  The far portion of this bed is sweet corn, started from seeds from the same cob as those in Bed 7.

This portion of Bed 8, in front of the kale, shows the collards (starts obtained from Harmony Farm Supply), a few butter lettuce (with the yellow-green leaves), and another lettuce variety (closest to the viewer).

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Bed 7 Sweet Corn

Bed 7 Sweet Corn 25 July 2011

After weeding by Michael, single-digging, and mixing in 8 cu. ft. of home-made compost, I transplanted these sweet corn started from seed. All of this corn from a single cob!

Bed 6 25 July 2011

Bed 6 -- The Tomato Bed, 25 July 2011

Thanks to Michael, we have a tomato bed this year. He transplanted all of the tomato starts we purchased at the Spring OAEC Plant Sale in May 2011. He also placed plastic over all of the hoops to keep the environment nice and warm to encourage good plant growth throughout our very cool and cloudy spring and summer.  These are all in flower now.

The potato bed -- Bed 5 -- July 23, 2011

Bed 5 - "The Potato Bed" 23 July 2011

This was the “potato bed”. The front (Southern) half of the Bed was harvested ~10 August, and we got ~6-1/2 lbs. of yummy, delicious, Russian fingerling potatoes.  These are small and odd shaped and are spectacular just boiled, with their skins. I’ll be saving 2 lbs. for seed potatoes for next Spring.  Michael, my husband, planted the potato bed this Spring 2011–I don’t recall if he added compost before hand. LESSON LEARNED: Potatos are “hilled” up so the picker knows where to harvest them!!!

Runner Bean Climbing Sunflower

Runner Bean Climbing Sunflower

This volunteer, very hardy, runner bean took the opportunity to climb the sunflower stalk that happened to be in its vicinity. Excellent companion planting!

Bed 4 25 July 2011

Bed 4 - 25 July 2011

Added 8 cu. ft. of home-made, sifted, kitchen-waste compost to this bed before planting.  The front is planted with lemon cucumber starts acquired from the OAEC (Occidental Arts & Ecology Center) plant sale in May.  Although these took a long time to get started, we are now (12 August 2011) experiencing a veritable “lemon cucumber bonanza!” These small, round, yellow (when ripe) cucumbers are delicious raw in salads–they really do look like lemons when ripe! I also transplanted pickling cucmbers (immediately behind). However, I did not harvest most of these in time, and they grew to be giant and turned orange! Also, I did not have my act together to make pickles–I wanted to make the salty, dill kind you used to be able to reach down in a big barrel to get in old “deli”-s. For that, I’m still looking for the right barrel/pickling jar with a lid you can weigh down to keep the pickles submerged…  Behind those are pumpkins and squashes of various sorts, also from OAEC. I planted cosmos on the sides, for decoration. A volunteer runner bean, whose ancestry is from Native Seeds/SEARCH appears with its beautiful orange/red blossoms among the squash in back. There’s also a volunteer sunflower in the front of this bed. Along the back, I also transplanted 2 rows of sunflowers acquired from the OAEC plant sale.  At their feet (not visible) are several rows of various onions–I’ve been weeding like crazy! I swear, onions seem to attract weeds.

Bed 3 as of 25 July 2011

Bed 3 -- 25 July 2011

This is Bed 3. Added 6 x 5 gallon buckets = 4 cu. ft. of home-grown compost (probably the weed compost) to Northern 1/2 of Bed before planting black beans purchased  from Native Seeds/SEARCH.  The beans are spaced roughly 6-in. apart.  The front half of the Bed had cabbages (small, but they headed up!), cauliflower (which I should have, but didn’t harvest in time).  These were hybrid transplants, so the seed could not be saved.

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