Saturday, April 23, 2011

garden update: april 10th

these photos were taken two weeks ago; i didn't plan on posting them because they weren't too exciting. for my reference and for those like me who love looking at any and all garden photos, i figured i'd put them up here anyway. plus the rain is keeping me inside today, so hopefully this will satiate me somewhat.=)

let's start with the peas. sugar snap peas make my mouth itchy, but the plants are so pretty and my niece alaina loves to pick and eat the pods right off the vine. i've had some issues growing those and tall telephone peas in the past, so this year i was determined to do it right. they were sprouted prior to planting to be sure they would germinate.

mel says to plant peas an inch deep and cover with a plastic cage. most of the seeds have sprouted, and when it stops raining, i'll go back and fill in the bare spots. to see what happened to the non-sprouters, i dug up a few. the seeds had roots but were rotted, and little white grubs were feasting on them. (i actually dreamt those grubs grew to be ginormous and were eating my wooden frames! aghhh!=)

a few pea plants that were sown march 21st are growing nicely. those seeds were planted without pre-sprouting and many didn't come up. i guess it's mother nature's way of helping me space out my harvests.=)

since these photos were taken, john has built another trellis for the 6x6 bed, so they'll all have something to climb.

"x" marks the spots where i threw in more pea seeds. there are just two strawberry plants from my first year gardening in the raised beds, and the rest are growing alongside the fences on both sides of us. all of the strawberry plants have pretty white blossoms!=) *fingers crossed the animals leave those plants alone*

we may have to make more chicken wire cages like this one.

kale sprout...

spinach sprout...

and our fig tree showing signs of life. now, just two weeks later, it's producing itty bitty fruit. reading up on fig trees, i learned this could be the spring crop, called the breba crop. we'll have to be sure to protect it from frost. the tree should also produce a late summer/fall harvest.

figgy was planted around mother's day last year. she produced some fruit but they all fell off before the chance to mature. so sad.  

photo from july 17th, 2010

when the weather clears up i plan to get more lettuce seeds sown. on the 10th i also planted mustard greens, escarole, sunset and tango lettuce. tiny little seedlings have emerged. seeing other gardeners harvest their greens left me impatient, so i caved and bought some transplants. we've had two large salads from the 16 plants so far.

this weekend i'd also like to plant my root crops (carrot, radish, beet) and chamomile. johnny made these handy little planting templates to help me. he also says he'll put my new potter's bench together soon. ain't he a peach?=)


  1. Good luck with your fig tree! We haven't unwrapped ours yet, cant wait! Enjoy your garden, it's beautiful!

  2. I have always wanted to try a fig tree. I know they require a lot of extra care in my area. Someday. Most of my snow peas rotted as well. It was just to wet this Spring. Lets hope for a good growing season from this point on.

  3. Thanks for all of the garden updates. It is nice to see. I just started some indoor plants yesterday. I had a garden last year with lots of great heirloom seeds and the animals ate EVERYTHING except my hot peppers and a few ground cherries. Let me know if you figure out some way to protect your plants.

    Really neat hearing about the fig tree.

  4. thanks lauren! we didn't cover ours... we read that since we lived in the city it would be ok.

    jane, john's sister's in-laws live in PA and have the most amazing fig trees with the most delicious figs. i dream of growing figs like theirs and dehydrating them to eat all year long!

    my pleasure, sasha! i love to go back and read my garden updates. most of my seeds are heirlooms. that stinks the animals ate your crop, but on the bright side you fed the animals some yummy organic food!=)

    there's all kinds of netting to put over your plants. my blogging friend granny made hoop houses with netting to keep flies out - they'd work for most pests i imagine. you can view them here:

    annie's kitchen garden

    and here:

    chiot's run

  5. Everything looks so great sprouting away!! My fig did the same thing years ago. It was a Black Mission Fig. Once I was able to harvest some, boy oh boy were they good!!
    Peace and Happy Growing,

  6. I like your garden layout and am happy to see things are starting to sprout for you. What garden zone are you? I ask because I am really tempted to try growing a fig tree too...we love figs.:) ENJOY YOUR DAY!

  7. Everything looks so full of life! Since I can't really garden anymore, I love hearing about it and virtual gardening through you. :-)

  8. thanks elizabeth! i'm not sure what kind of fig tree we have. i'm really hoping we get a harvest this year!

    thanks mr. h! we're zone 6b.

    and thank you, bitt! i'm going to try to do more updates this year. i like to go back and compare.=)


  9. I would be willing to bet that if your tree survived the winter it is a Brown Turkey fig tree....they are supposed to be hardy down to zone 5. Hope they ripen up for you this season.


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