Posted By Jonathan on May 29, 2014
Things have really greened up and exploded here at Sheltering Woods during the month of May. We have been super busy planting and mulching and dealing with the everyday.
Our purple kohlrabi is really doing well this year! We leave the clover there since it fixes nitrogen into the soil. We didn’t get much last year so I’m looking forward to trying it for the first time.
Same with the spinach. Our spinach bolted right away last year, but this is heat tolerant variety. We have been enjoying it quite a bit.
Our Arugula patch is doing a lot better than last year as well! I’m not sure about the flavor, its very strong and almost has a hint of sesame in it. One or two leaves are great, but I certainly can’t eat all this!
We are growing Dragon Carrots this year and couldn’t be more excited for them! They are doing wonderfully, much better than other varieties we have tried. We have two patches going, planted about 2-3 weeks apart.
Our sweet pea flowers have been slowly coming up.
This is the first year we are planting White Icicle Radishes. I haven’t been doing well with radishes this year so we’ll see how these grow. So far I’ve only gotten one tiny Purple Plum Radish!
We planted Desiree potatoes from Seed Savers this year and they are doing very well. We have been seeing some potato beetles this past week, however, which is a first in the 3 years we have been growing here. I think they overwintered near our old patch, because we have some stray potatoes coming from last year and have been seeing many potato beetles on those plants and of the two new patches we planted this year, the one closer to the old patch has gotten a few bugs. The farther has not gotten one yet which is proof enough that rotation works. As a precaution we are pulling up all the stray potatoes from last year. Potato beetles overwinter in the ground, so its best to put down beneficial nematodes in the fall. All the beetles will be eaten by the nematodes over the winter. For now, though, hand picking each evening nabs us 3-4 beetles and a few patches of eggs. Nothing we can’t handle….yet.
Our scarlet pole beans are doing excellent, although they have been munched on by something (as usual). They almost always recover, however. The beans themselves have hints of scarlet on them, but the flowers are bright red which is what gives this bean its name.
We have a few eggplant scattered around our garden this year! We got a couple good ones last year and didn’t have many flea beetle issues like years past. I think it was the beneficial nematodes, so we’ll be putting them down soon this year.
Our volunteer lettuce has really gotten big! I can almost see some butterheads forming…
More of our radishes. We have Purple Plum and Black Spanish in this patch.
Our lettuce beds are finally up to picking! We have Red Oak and Little Gem in this bed.
Remember those Turnip Flowers we posted about? Well they’ve turned into seed pods now! Not quite done yet, but we’re going to be swimming in turnip seeds in a month or two.
One of our eggplant has decided its time to reproduce!
Our Golden Sweet Peas are doing great! Might be planting a second round pretty soon.
Our broccoli and cauliflower have really been exploding! They have doubled in size the past couple of weeks.
More of our broccoli and cauliflower… You may notice all the clover growing in there! We planted red clover and are letting it fix nitrogen for our brassicas. Might explain why they are doing so well.
Our peppers aren’t doing quite as well as the rest of our garden. Half of them (mostly the hot peppers) got zapped by a frost a week or two ago when the cover we put on them blew off. They lost all their leaves, however, we left the stem in the ground. Almost all of them have new leaves coming though, so we’ll see!
The rest have been a little too wet for their own good. I pulled back the mulch we had on them last night so they’ll dry out now.
Last but not least, our tomato crop is beginning its long growing season. 60-70 tomato plants this year (minus a few from frost and wind) so we will be needing to buy a LOT more canning jars and lids this year….
We have also been planting a lot more including more fruit trees which we’ll share later on. Only so much you can put in one post I think!