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Well it is now the end of July and I am just now blogging about the summer garden.  I realized that with all of the work that is required in a garden during the first 6-8 weeks it is easy to see why I haven’t had the time to blog.  For all of my loyal readers, I will be posting a couple times a week for the rest of the summer.  I will post updated pictures, give descriptions of the heirloom veggies that I am growing and much more…

Below is an image of what the garden plot looked like on Day 1 (May 8):

Here are some pictures of the garden taken just a few weeks ago:

Dill

Basil

Potato box

Tomato row

Jericho lettuce

Kale

zinnia

radish

Stay tuned, for more pictures and descriptions of the Summer 2011 garden

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2011 Garden

The 2011 garden season officially opened today as I  renewed my community garden plot at Hunt Park.  Over the next few days I am going to  inventory  the current stock of vegetable seeds, and order seeds of new things I am going to grow this summer.

This weekend I am planning to start some lettuce, spinach, and kale seeds inside.  Hopefully, they will be mature enough to transplant when the community garden opens in mid-April.

Stay tuned, as I hope to have my seed list up in the next couple of days.

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Last weekend we spent about 2 hours closing down our community garden plot.  This meant pulling up all of tomato, pepper, eggplant, and kale plans.  It also meant pulling up all of the flowers we used for our wedding.

This summer’s garden was much more productive than the garden I had last year, the hot summer may have something to do with that.

Peppers (bell and hot)

This year we harvested about 30 pounds of peppers (both hot and bell peppers).  Last year we only harvested a couple of pounds.

Eggplant

This year I probably harvested about 40 pounds of eggplant.  Last year, I only harvest a couple of eggplant at the end of the season.

Tomatoes

The tomato plants were also very successful this year. We were able to make several rounds of pasta/pizza sauce.  Last year’s harvest was also successful but not like this year.

Flowers

As I mentioned above the flowers we grew did very well. Some of the zinnia plants were about 5 ft. when we cut them down.  We were able to make several bouquets throughout the summer.

Stay tuned for pictures and recipes…

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It has been a busy couple of days over at the garden.  Last Friday evening was spent trenching around the perimeter of the entire garden plot.  All 12 garden owners went in together to rent a trencher that would dig a 3′ trench around the outer edge.  Then on Sunday the fence that keeps the critters out was raised.  The garden is now officially open for business…

One of the first things that was done in the plot was constructing the potato box..

I then turned over the existing soil and planted  irish cobbler and red skinned potato seeds. I will post pics. as the potatoes begin to germinate.

Meanwhile back at our apartment, the tomato, pepper, and eggplant seedlings are really starting to take off.  Some of the tomato seedlings are now about 2′ tall and still have about 2-3 weeks before they can go outside.

Here is a summary of what else we have planted so far:

Cherry Belle Radish

Tennis Ball Lettuce

Green Bibb Buttercrunch Lettuce

Royal Chatenay Carrot

Di Cicco Broccoli

Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale

Finally, we started the first of our wedding flowers.  Natalie sowed some Bells of Ireland flower seeds in a 5′ x 4′ plot that should yield enough for the bouquets.

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This year we will be gardening in a Full Plot (25′ x 30′) at Hunt Park. As some of my blog readers know, Natalie and I are getting married this summer and we are planning to grow our wedding flowers in the garden plot. We are planning to dedicate about 1/3 of the garden to this task, the other 2/3 will be for the multiple veggies that we are growing. We are also going to construct a potato box, and grow some of the peppers in a Earth Box (thank you Cindy!).

There will be a walkway that will run the length of the garden. When you first walk in, there will be 3 tomato types on the left (Nepal, Gooseberry, Brandywine) and 3 tomato types on the right (Green Zebra, Red Pear, and Velvet Red). Next to each tomato plant there will be a row of carrots.

As you walk west in the garden (toward the top of the diagram), on the left is where we will construct our potato box. In that area we will also plant the other 2 tomato types (gold rush currant tomato and sweet pea tomato). The beet area will be on the right – 2 types this year (Bulls Blood and Chioggia).

As you continue West, the next are on the left will be the lettuce, broccoli, and kale patch. As the summer goes by this may used for something else since these things don’t do to well in the summer heat. The herb patch will be on the right (cilantro, basil, rosemary, oregano). I will also place the Earth Box here which will include 2 types of pepper (Bull nose and Quadrato Giallo).

On the west end of the garden is where we are planning to plant our wedding flowers. We are growing 4 types here: Zinnias, Rudbeckia, Bells of Ireland, and Snapdragons.

Throughout the garden we will have some potted Sunflowers that will also be used for our wedding.

That is the plan for now…

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I found out last week that I got a garden plot through Project Grow. I had been on the waitlist but someone at the Hunt Park site decided to split his full lot and give me half. The plot is 12.5′ x 30′ or 375 sq.ft. which should give us plenty of space to plant our tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, carrots, onions, and a little area for herbs. The plan is to then plant and share the cucumbers, zucchini, squash, and pumpkins at Karen’s.

Here are some pictures of the Hunt Park site, and some updated pictures of the seedlings.




We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. -Abraham Lincoln

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