Thursday, May 29, 2014

Our Garden's Progress

Here is a photo compilation of the growing progress in our raised garden hoophouse and a fabric pot that sits under a separate hoophouse frame.  Keep in mind that I don't do any of the gardening, Husband Jeff does. 

Jeff said that he's checked it on a sunny day and the temperature inside the hoophouse (plastic film draped over PVC ribs) can get up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. He waters it every day and if it's going to be really warm, he has to open it up so the plants don't get cooked.  The raised bed has been really successful in the past years, once we fully uncover it, it seems like the bunnies pretty much avoid it. 

First Week - Sunday, May 11, Mother's Day

Jeff had already planted some seedlings he bought, but I received some seedlings from my mom for Mother's Day, so I set their pots where I wanted them to go between the existing plants.
Husband Jeff is planting some of my seedlings. 

Mid-planting. Droopy new seedlings.
Jeff picked up a couple fabric pots while on a trip in Seattle and he totally loves them.  We don't have anything planted in the larger one yet, but we used the medium-sized one to hold the few plants that didn't fit in the raised bed. 
Fabric pot with I think zucchini and cantaloupe (or cucumber) on the left,
tomatoes on the right.

 Second Week - Sunday, May 18

A variety of veggies - Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, cauliflower,  broccoli
and a handful of herbs - fennel, chocolate mint, dill
Does anybody know what that strawberry-looking plant is at the bottom of the photo above?  I think it's a weed but Jeff must think it's something we want since he didn't pull it out. 
That little bushy thing at the front is a special basil. 
We bought this specialty basil (Pesto Perpetuo) because it tasted better than the standard Genovese basil, but it doesn't look like it's going to be a big plant, so we're going to get a couple Genovese so I can make lots of pesto this summer.  I freeze it in ice cube trays and then move them to gallon bags.  We're just finishing up the pesto from last year. 
Growing along in the small fabric pot.

Third Week - Monday, May 26, Memorial Day

Wowee!  Holy progress!  Lots of good warm weather for growing.
It looks like some of our smaller plants will be overshadowed by the larger ones, but I'm not too worried about it.  It would be nice if we could tie up some of the leaves to get them out of the way or if those larger plants were harvested earlier so they could be cut down to give the smaller guys some sunshine.
The newly dug up area at the front here is for beet seedlings.
Only a couple bean seedlings from the tray made it, the rest rotted.

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