I was beginning to think that our early start on planting our garden was going to all go away when they predicted several days of frost or freeze but we dodged that frozen bullet and all is well in the garden.
We are trying a lot of different (for us) items in the garden this year along with a couple of different planting methods. First off here is the run down of the veggies that we planted.
10-12 different types of tomatoes
12 pepper plants, Bell, jalapeno, sweet banana
broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts
red and white onions
garlic (3 types)
pole sugar peas
pole green beans
bush green beans
cucumbers traditional and a yellow round lemon style
radishes (3 types globe, French breakfast, long red salad radish)
dill weed for the butterflies
I'm still on the lookout for bunch lettuce like buttercrunch
Cukes and pole beans and peas were planted under a man made trellis. R found these curbside several years ago. I have no idea what they were used for originally but we tied them together and they are now in the garden.
Some of the radish seeds were sown in a line and others were broadcast over a small rectangular area. We are going to see which produces the best radishes. The lettuce was planted under the trellis' to provide shade and to keep the lettuce from bolting during the hot days of July and August.
For fertilizer we are only using TomatoTone and fish fertilizer and of course rainwater whenever possible. Our diverters arrived from Canada yesterday so we will install the first one tomorrow. This will make the first rain barrel operational.
The bushes behind the tomato cages are wild black raspberries which are sometimes called bramble berries. They are small but oh so tasty. They are great for jams, muffins, pancakes, and my favorite 'all berry' pie.
We have decided to buy a back pack leaf blower. Our yard has a lot of woody shrubs that catch every free range leaf that enters the yard so we are hopping that a 200+mph blower will blow those leaves right out of the shrubs and hasten our spring clean up. A good blower (phew...don't forget the er in that word) should also help clean up all the dirt that accumulates at our curb. I really do not like sweeping up that dirt 2 or 3 times a summer. I also hear that you can use your blower to blow away a light dusting of snow.
We are looking at the Ryobi and the Husqvarna models. So if anyone has a back pack blower, please let me know what you think about them and what we should be looking for when we purchase one.