Yesterday evening I was feeling a little better so I headed out to the garden to take some pictures.
Spring is here, and the plants are responding.
Here’s the kitchen garden, right off the back patio area.
Some of the beds aren’t finished yet, and many things are still sleeping, but others are awake and growing.
This strawberry plant is ahead of the rest.
And some of the chives are in bloom. Out in the food forest, a crabapple is blooming for the first time.
And the dandelions have been blooming for over a month now.
Meanwhile, the area we planted after moving the pigs looks great. And it’s time to move the pigs again.
Back to the main gardens: my daughter planted wheat, and it’s looking pretty amazing.
And beyond the wheat are the new Grocery Row Gardens. First, the left side:
And the middle:
And to the right:
You can see the one path I covered with a cover crop. The rest of the area is mulched.
The other day we planted a few dozen flower bulbs through the Grocery Rows: irises, lilies, day lilies, dahlias and more. They’ll be a lovely addition to the edibles.
These Grocery Row Gardens are a little anarchistic compared to my previous ones, as we had to transplant in a mad dash at the end of the year as we moved from our rental house to our purchased homestead. I’m still wondering what’s going to come up. There are gingers, malanga, cassavas, sugarcane, cannas, Jerusalem artichokes, yacon and a half-dozen other roots still sleeping beneath the mulch. And I haven’t a clue what some of the trees are. Our original plan was shattered and re-created here in multiple crazy van loads.
Meanwhile, Jenny watches all this anarchy with a baleful eye.
In the row gardens, we’ve harvested most of the radishes and some of the cabbages and are now filling in the gaps with other plants.
We’ve planted some tomatoes and peppers already, though you can’t see them in this picture.
And a double row of carrots where we took out some cabbages.
The potatoes are coming along nicely.
From left to right, these are rows of Yukon Gold, White Kennebec, Red Pontiac, and Red La Soda.
The Red Pontiac is doing the very best so far.
This is what that area looked like before:
Beneath the yam trellis just to the left of the main potato rows, I planted a double row of Adirondack Blue potatoes.
They are doing great so far.
Another new addition to the gardens is this Gunnera tinctoria, which I discovered while reading The Voyage of the Beagle.
It better live because it cost me a small fortune to have one shipped over from California!
So far, so good.
In another month, the gardens will be truly astounding. They’re only half awake now – I can’t wait to see what happens next. The soil here is so much better than it was at the cursed sand pit of death.
Looks amazing considering you just moved there. I haven’t planted much, just some peas which don’t seem to want to sprout…wait, some did and were gone the next day. Darned chooks. Or bunnies.
Oh well, my little greenhouse got its door and window screened so now the chooks will stop destroying the green beans and onions I planted in there. I have a dozen mixed peppers I started, and 5 cherry tomatoes, they will go in there as soon as these last frost warnings are past. I hope they are the last.
Not planting too many annuals since have no stamina since the whole virus mess started. I assume it’s behind it. Moving more towards food forest and perennials. Am considering using your pig system though. Hoping they can push back the intruding Cogan grass.
Praying you get past your health issues too. Nasty biz this tampering with genes. So much potential for disastrous mistakes.
Thank you. Coffee tastes terrible right now. Glad I’m pureblood, though – my heart is good.
Looks good. Mine has sheets blankets and towels on it. Cover uncover, cover uncover until after the weekend. I received a little grow lite for Christmas and about every little seed I planted too early sprouted. It’s OK though. Look forward to emptying the little green house next week. Nice photos. Love the dandelion. Make a Wish.
The Good Garden is definitely LOOKING GREAT! Amazing how well the plants are doing, the ones planted where the pigs were and you say its time to move them again, that’s a sign of a brainy gardener who not only works himself in the garden but also accepts help from his critters and Mother Nature! Speaking of Mother Nature, any more plans for doing videos with Miss Rachel as M.N.? She was great and li’l Jennifer already an eye out on the Good Garden! Thanks for sharing these beautiful and exquisite(especially the crabapple blooms)photos David.
I was also doing the cover/uncover for the peach trees the last few days here. Did the frost get you at all? We’re not too much farther north but was below freezing the last couple mornings. The peach blossoms have been beautiful in the last 10 days