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On Saturday, I started 4 varieties of lettuce seed:

I picked up a seed packet for Freckles lettuce because of an article I recently read in Organic Gardening magazine about the history of this heirloom lettuce.  Freckles lettuce is also known as ‘Flashy Troutback’, an Austrian heirloom that dates back to 1793.

This will be the second year that I have grown ‘Jericho’ lettuce. Last summer I picked up some transplants from the farmer’s market and had great success with this lettuce. Here are a couple of pics. from last summer’s harvest.

The seeds are now living up on our loft for the next month or so.  Stay tuned as I will update the status of these lettuce seedlings. Here is a photo of the tray of seeds.



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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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Over the past couple of weeks we have harvested about a dozen radishes and about a dozen onions

Last night we also harvested our first bunch of lettuce.  This lettuce (Jericho) was purchased as  starters from the A2 Farmer’s Market in mid-May.

Meanwhile, the potato plants continue to mature.  Last week I added 2 more boards on each side of the potato box.

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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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First Harvest!

On Saturday we had our first significant harvest so far this summer. We harvested 3 beets, 3 bunches of lettuce, 2 bunches of cilantro, and 5 onions. On Monday evening we created a meal around the beets, greens and all. Here is a great recipe from the New York Times on how to prepare beet greens. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/08/health/nutrition/08recipehealth.html?_r=1.

Here are some pics from our harvest and some updated garden pics:

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway”
-Michael Pollan

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