May 25, 2009: Pictorial Tour of the Garden (Part One)

A Pictorial Tour of the Garden
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The east garden, looking south

Bed #1 in the east garden has carrots, radishes from Cheryl, a few extra lettuce plants and two varieties of beets. The beet leaves are being ravaged by leaf miners, so there will be no greens from this crop. Thankfully it doesn't hurt the beet root. All of the green onions have been harvested from this bed.

Bed #2 in the east garden contains a couple of small cabbages (2 others succumbed to cutworms and were replaced with radishes), nasturtiums and dill. The tall dill in the back is from Daphne, and the compact dill in the front from Dan.

Bed #3 in the east garden contains two varieties of bush beans and parsnips. Birds ate some of the parsnip seedlings, so I had to resow.

Bed #4 in the east garden contains (maybe) broccoli from EG, nasturtiums and onions. The brassica seedlings got mixed up, so it's a tossup whether this is broccoli or cauliflower.

Bed #5 in the east garden contains a variety of lettuces (some recently cut, so not too pretty), a few spinach plants that will be pulled soon to make room for the two varieties of peppers that were recently planted here, and nasturtiums. The peppers haven't yet shown a lot of growth, due to the cool weather we've had. Now that the daytime temperatures are in the 80s, and the night time in the 50s, I expect them to really take off.

Bed #6 in the east garden contains (maybe) cauliflower, parsley and nasturtiums.

Bed #7 in the east garden contains carrots, two more varieties of peppers and more leaf miner ravaged beets.

Bed #8 in the east garden is the potato bed, still growing like mad. The Yukon Golds, which were way behind the early reds, have now caught up and are even surpassing the others in height.

The sugar snap peas on the south fence are finally blooming. They have grown up through the netting now, so I hope the birds don't snap them off again.

Bed #1 in the east (fence) garden contains shallots, which are hiding a potted pepper plant. I'm going to have to start using the shallots, as they are planted too closely, and I noticed one had begun to go to seed.

Bed #2 in the east (fence) garden contains mixed up brassicas, marigolds and tomatoes. Cutworm got one of the brassicas from this bed, so I will be filling that space with nasturtiums.

Bed #3 in the east (fence) garden contains the garlic, which is hiding four pepper plants in the small bed in the back. The garlic is really looking good since it got the cornmeal tea spray. No more yellow (that's sunshine on the tips of the leaves!)

Bed #4 in the east (fence) garden contains mixed up brassicas, marigolds and tomatoes, same as bed #2.

Bed #5 in the east (fence) garden contains chives, Chinese parsley and lemon cucumbers from Cheryl. The pot of cucumbers is getting water from the neighbor's yard as well as mine, so I'm afraid it will have to be moved before it succumbs to over watering.

These lemon cucumbers, also from Cheryl and planted at the same time as the others, look so much better. They only get water from one source.

Remember the large tomato that I brought north from Arizona? It was more than 50 inches tall when it got transplanted to the garden, and the shock made it lose most of its leaves. It's showing new growth and blossoms now, so I think it's going to make it!

To be continued.....


  1. Hi Granny
    Wow, your garden looks so good. I always wondered if maybe transplanting large tomatoes saved time, or not. Do you think now that its over the "shock" of transplant that you're ahead(versus a small plant) or not? I've tried a cold frame on one of tomatoes to see if I could get "ahead of schedule", but its just sat there doing nothing.

  2. Everything seems to be flourishing nicely, I envy your higher temperatures as I love peppers. Shame about the cutworms, but you are plugging the gaps well aren't you? I had just the same problem with birds on the parsnips, some of the second sowing have germinated, yesterday I plugged a few more gaps with a third sowing!
    You must have really nursed the tomato from Arizona, amazing it survived, you have green fingers and a green thumb!

  3. Sue, absolutely not! Maybe if I could have got the fruit to set inside, but the blossoms just kept dropping off. I've found the pre-blossom plants catch up and surpass the larger ones with the blossoms. And those planted late in May surpass those planted late in April, even without freezing weather. It just doesn't pay to get in a hurry, but I always do.

    Heskie, the whole tomato/pepper thing in AZ was from boredom. Getting the plants back here, through freezing weather, and nursing them until planting time was a real pain in the hind quarters! Never again.

  4. Looking Good!
    Soon, we'll start to catch up here... I hope my carrots look like that sometime. I'm still waiting to see if this batch sprouts.

  5. What am I most jealous of today?
    Hmmm. I think it's the dill and the nasturtiums. I'm going to have to break down and buy dill starts because I really want to make homemade pickles with home grown cukes and dill.

    And I'll add the carrots to my jealous list. They look so pretty and full.

    Anxioiusly awaiting Part 3.

  6. Cheryl, just wait and I'll send dill seed.

    There is no part 3. I'm out of room! The next blog will be about the construction of my new shed!

  7. Looking good Granny! I enjoy virtual garden tours - it's fun to see what is happening in other folk's gardens. Since I gardened in central Washington for almost 19 years - looking at your garden brings back lots of good memories.