Monthly Archives: March 2009

More cold weather plantings – March 14th

Well, next to the bush peas (see the green trellis on the right? Where that ends is where I began…), I planted kale…

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and then spinach (5 short rows of 8 seeds each)…

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and snow peas in two places, near the edge of this small area…

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and over by the developing tulips…

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Here are two views of the growing garlic – 31/32 cloves are up!

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We planted this strawberry last year, and it takes more than one season to produce. So we are optimistic that it will take off this year!

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Here’s an overview of the long patch as it stands right now…

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And finally, I feel good about getting stuff in the ground (obviously!)…

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March 9th; first cold plantings!

I planted bush peas, about 40 plants, surrounding the little green trellis at the end of the long patch. We were very successful with these peas (Little Marvel) last year in the tiny garden but we didn’t plant nearly enough. Now we will…in successive plantings in the Spring and also later in the Fall.

You can see I started building a path out of salvaged bricks from around the yard..

Below is the garlic on March 9th. I think I counted 30/32 cloves up. Maybe they are more distinctive now, but maybe not!

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The larger garden begins – March 4th, 2009

Garlic was planted late October, 2008 – 32 cloves all together. Two varieties were planted: Polish Jen and Asian Tempest, both hardneck. The Asian Tempest are notably smaller than the Polish Jen, less meaty, and I think they are very slightly hotter, more focused…but to get you oriented first, here is the “long patch,” running from the north (near you, where the garlic is fenced) to south (towards the carport). This garden is about 7.5 feet wide X 39 feet long:

Layout - this is the "long patch."

OK, and here is the unfinished “small patch,” a rectangle about 8 feet X 9 feet.

I’m still trying to kill grass, mix and enrich the soil here.

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And here is the garlic, up close and personal. There were 4 rows of 8 cloves planted, but I’m not sure how easily you can see them here. In addition, perhaps only 26 or so out of 32 were up on March 4th.

Garlic!