Garden Notes

The side garden is doing well- the cherry tomatoes are definitely starting to take off, and the ground cherries are actually setting fruit.

The ruffled Tuscan basil has been a bit of a bust – the other basils are just fine with the amount of water they’re getting, but I can’t keep that Tuscan basil happy.    I will not be getting that again.

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Yesterday, I added two peppers (another poblano and a sweet red), and some collard and sprouting broccoli seeds to the community garden bed.

a06252017 003This morning, I was back there for a work party (we started a perennial bed at what will eventually be the entrance when our fence arrives), and the zucchini had blossomed overnight.   (I could see the buds yesterday, but they didn’t at all look like they were ready to bloom.)

That bed is also doing well- the calendula have started to bloom this week, and the tomates are doing so well I added stakes to their cages.    That Tuscan basil even likes it a bit more over there – one of the six plants is still alive, though has gone to flower.   (There are ants all over it.)

Garden Notes

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The iris in my garden are just about to bloom, but I’ve seen them blooming elsewhere, so I’m planting everything out this weekend.

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This was the fruits of my labors after a trip to the garden center after work on Friday, and the farmer’s market on Saturday.    (Where I managed to give myself and my mother a fright when we nearly plowed into each other while perusing the same tomato plants – we had not coordinated our trips.)

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I started out planting the community garden plot.    I’d brought a few more things than I ended up adding, but this will have: three tomatoes (Brandywine, Cherokee Purple and Purple Passion), two eggplant (an Asian variety and a small, fairy variety), two peppers (Baron – a poblano type and Cheyenne – which should be a not too hot red type), borage, dill, kale, calendula, lemon gem marigolds, regular marigolds, and zucchini.

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Once I got home, I decided to just start planting until I got too hungry to continue.   I got out zinnia, thyme, tarragon, parsley, two cherry tomatoes (Sweet 100 and Sungold), marigolds, bloody dock, kale, half the Swiss chard, basil (Tuscan, regular and Thai), sage and oregano.

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That just leaves half the Swiss chard, nasturtiums, yarrow, husk cherries and some more bloody dock.    I can definitely handle that by the end of the long weekend.

Community Garden Notes


The day before I went away, I received an email that the waiting list on the brand new community garden a few blocks away had opened up, and I had a spot waiting for me for this year if I still wanted it.

So it doesn’t look like much at the moment, but I’ve been making plans all week.    I’ve shifted a few things over that I was going to plant in the side garden, and also dreamed a bit.    I’m going to do some full size tomatoes, and some other veg (assuming I find seedlings I like) that I wouldn’t do in pots.    I’ll also do some herbs that will do better in the ground.    So this coming weekend’s shopping and planting extravaganza will be on two fronts.   I can’t wait!

Garden Notes

So the weather turned on a dime about a week ago. It got cool. And cloudy. Not a whole lot of actual rain, still. But the cool is weird. I feel like I usually transition to shorts vs. pants every other day for while, but I had a sudden day where pants were necessary, and it never changed back.

The tomato’s probably showing the change the most, though it is still producing. The kale still looks amazing. I will definitely be growing this again, for architectural value alone. I’m also so pleased with the shishito peppers. That’s another thing that’ll go into regular rotation.

In other news, they’re putting in a community garden about two blocks away, so I’ve added myself to the waiting list. I’d never even bothered with the waiting list before, because I figured anything where I had to cross one of the major traffic arteries was not going to get proper weekday attention. This is literally two blocks down on the side street of my side street, so I can walk it, and not have to cross either Brighton or Congress.

They’re doing a gathering on the 15th to set up the plots. I have no idea what the waiting list is like (there’s an overall waiting list for the city, but you’re allowed to specify that you only want a plot in a particular garden, so I have no idea what that really means.) There will be 40 plots at the new one (though I’ll admit I’m having trouble visualizing how those are all going to fit – the 15th should be educational). So I’ll definitely go to the set up party, and see where things go from there.