Friday, February 21, 2014

Peppers Planted

I seeded my peppers today along with a few other things. Last year I planted peppers on Feb 14, this year I decided to hold off one more week due to the whole polar vortex nonsense. Granny graciously supplied me with the majority of my bell pepper seeds this year. With so many varieties I will be doing a mini trial to see what grows best. Pepper varieties this year will include:
  • Quadrato Giallo D'Asti (Yellow)
  • Horizon Orange
  • Red Marconi
  • Quadrato Tosso D'Asti (Red)
  • Happy Yummy Sweet (Orange)
  • X3R Red Knight F1
  • Ancho
  • Anahiem (sowing from my dehydrate peppers, hope they aren't cooked!)
Well I was at it I also started a few other things:
  • Ping Tung Long Eggplant
  • Swamp Mallow (collected on the edge of a swamp)
  • Penstemon Grandiflorus "War Axe" (Collect from the yard)
 That is all from now. I will be back mid March when I start sowing broccoli, peas etc.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Snow'd In

(some how google added the snow flakes?)
 Winter has been a long haul this year and there is still 41 days until spring arrives, on the calendar at least. On the plus side we have started to get some nice sunny days again and everyday we get a couple extra minutes of it too.

The crops in the polytunnel have not fared so well this year. With numerous day of at -20c(-4f) the veg looks rather dessicated. I'll have a look again at the end of the month, maybe things will improve with more sun shine.
 On the inside front I have start some Sudduth's Strain Brandywine tomatoes, Jan 30th I believe. My plan is to keep two of them and start all the rest of the tomatoes in April. Next up I will be sowing all my peppers mid February. I find they really benefit from an extra early start, in my yard at least.
Charlie has winter all figured out. You just stay wrapped up in a blanket and watch the birds out the window!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fall Happenings

The garden is just about rapped up for the year. We had out first killing frost on Nov 5th and I cleared and amended the garden shortly after. I think my soil is getting a little low on nutrients so I spread leaf mold compost this fall and will spread bagged manure in the spring. The only things remaining in the garden are the polytunnel (chinese celery, bok choy, tatsoi and shallots), two rutabaga and perennial herbs.
I took advantage of some nice fall weather last Friday and planted the garlic. This year I am mainly growing Music shown in the top two photos. It grows very well and produces very large cloves. It is also easy to locate, I got mine at the farmers market, $4 bucks for about 50 cloves. The red skinned garlic above are Wildfire & Burgundy. I grew them both this year and they didn't really size up well. I am hoping they will do better next season.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Harvest Monday

This will be my second last harvest post of 2013. The only thing left to harvest at the moment is one squash, a couple rutabaga and chinese celery. Now that fall is well underway it has me wishing that I put in more fall crops this year. A mixed bed of carrots and parsnips would be ideal right now, as well some some hardy greens. It is too bad I don't have more space and more sun exposure in the fall. Fingers crossed March of 2014 will be kind enough to get some greens growing in the poly tunnel.
 Here are the harvests since my last post on September 16th:

Monday, September 16, 2013

Harvest Monday

Today I have a gathering of harvest photos going back to mid August. Harvests have been good since my last post but they have started to wane now. Our first frost generally hits in mid October, at that point all I will have in the garden is rutabaga, celery and possible broccoli if it starts producing again. I'm wishing I put in more cool season crops at this point.

I have already started planning for next year, in particular about tomatoes. I planted two hybrid paste tomatoes and four heirloom tomatoes this year. The hybrids look great and are pumping out the fruit. The heirlooms on the other hand are covered in blight, even the fruit is covered on a few. This winter I am going to find a few hybrid slicing tomatoes to replace half the heirlooms. There has to be a hybrid tomato that tastes as good as an heirloom, so far I have looked at Pink Beauty F1 from Johnny's. Anyone have any suggestions for a good tasting and disease resistant F1?

Here are the photos in no particular order:
Tiger's Eye Beans. They have done well this year. I planted them
a few years ago and they hardly produced. This year I planted two
four foot rows and they produced almost a pound of dry beans.
 Crenshaw Lily F1. Smelled amazing but it was not
very sweet. I just don't think my yard can grow melons.
There is one more developing, hopefully it will be sweet.
Kellogg's Breakfast Tomato. Very large, sweet and productive.