Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary. How Does YOUR Garden Grow?
Wednesday Puzzler: See that tendril reaching for the stake? Name that tropism!
About 2 weeks ago, I broadcast planted spinach, carrots, green ice leaf lettuce, blackseeded simpson leaf lettuce, and a mesclun mix. I quit planting neat rows of salad greens years ago when I read Dick Raymond's books on wide row gardening. I like the idea of planting thick and thinning by eating. He also suggests mowing salad greens with a pair of scissors rather than picking leaves. That seems to work great.
Those salad greens are up and about 4-5 inches high. They could actually take a first shearing now, but I will let them grow a little more. Lettuce this late in the garden season is a gamble since early hot days will cause the lettuce to produce that horrid bitter white sap and then bolt.
I also planted collard green starts, one of those 9 pack thingies. They are ready for a first picking and I only lost one plant to a critter.
The snow peas are up, bigger than the week old picture above. They are a winter - spring crop here and won't stand for heat. I like to eat them right off the vine.
Two days ago, I planted 9 Better Boy tomato plants in large black pots filled with last years composted pig manure and some commercial Miracle Grow potting mix.. (Oh the horror, FC is not completely organic! Click away, click away!)
In additional pots of the same mixture, I planted 9 bell pepper plants...I forgot the variety, but it's CA Wonder I think.
In the vacant pig pen, I made some wide rows and planted a yellow crookneck squash for my honey. ( I have no use for any squash) I also planted some Crimson Sweet water melon.
Today, is the fair livestock auction and the last day I will see our two FFA pigs. Just before the auction, I will take them each one last banana, pat them on their heads, and say goodbye. I do this every year and don't look back.
I'll post an update later, probably this evening...one last flurry of fair pics and what the kids earned at the auction.
Posted by R.Powers at 7:04 AM