June 17, 2011 - The Garden Mid-June (part 1 of 3)

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The East Garden

East garden bed #1. This was the net covered hoop garden. I decided to remove the netting and make this into two narrower plots, as I'm finding the 4' width uncomfortable to work with. The green plants are beets and chard. The chard was all cut yesterday, so it's rather sparse looking right now. Behind the beets are newly planted carrots, beets and onion sets. I raked the soil from the front side of this plot to make a new narrow bed. A triple row of carrots were planted there today, and covered with boards to keep them from drying out before they germinate.

East garden bed #2. Bush beans and determinate tomatoes in the front, green onions and carrots in the back. These carrots, a double row, germinated very spotty. One of the rows was reseeded, I may plant something else in the other row.

East garden bed #3. The bush beans in the front are blossoming. There are a few younger plants intermingled with older ones, as they also had to be reseeded. The sweet peppers and basil are lagging behind, but they recently got a feeding of compost tea mixed with fish emulsion, and some new compost put around each plant. With warm weather in the forecast, I expect them to perk up soon.

East garden bed #4. These were the first planted carrots, and they are finally beginning to size up. We had a small meal from them this week (5 baby carrots) cooked with some sugar snap peas. As with the other bed of peppers and basil, these plants are quite puny.

It won't be long now!

East garden bed #5. Nothing puny about the Walla Walla sweet onions! We've been eating quite a few of them, we need to stop and let them mature. We have onions elswhere for our salads. That's a little volunteer tomato in the front, by the fence. I'm quite sure it's a Minigold.

It's growing fast, and has several blossoms, so I'll definitely get some tomatoes from it.

East garden bed #6. Brassicas and onions. I pulled one of the broccoli plants and replaced it with a square of beets, but had zero germination from a new packet of seeds. I'll give them a few more days, then replant with another variety if they're still a no-show.

East garden bed #7. The flopped over sugar snap peas have been pulled back over the top of the fence. They'll be a bit easier to pick, and won't cover the new bush bean bed on the other side.


  1. I have serious onion envy. Those look wonderful. I have one patch of onions that are doing good (not great mind you), another that is okay, and yet another that is miserable looking. I am eating the miserable looking onions as green onions as they are obviously not going to perform well as bulbing onions. I am planting a bunch of bunching onions and salad onions this coming week to provide some fall/winter onions to supplement what looks like will be a meager storage onion harvest this year.

  2. Kitsap, I am extremely happy with the onions this year, and so far (knock on wood) no wire worm damage! I need to start using the smaller onions, but darn, those sweet onions taste good. I guess I need to buy extras next year.

  3. Those onions look exception. Looks like your garden is doing very well even with all the cool weather.

  4. Dan, it has been in the high 70s and low 80s all week. Today it's 65F at one in the afternoon. Normal for today would be 85. I don't expect the first tomatoes to taste like much, they will think they have been refrigerated.