Garden Journal - March 2018

What Happened to the Garden Space?

In 2017 we were over-enthusiastic in planting the cool-weather vegetables, leaving little room for warm-weather vegetables such as beans, tomatoes, corn, squash, and cucumbers. (Any gardener knows it is easy to plant too many vegetable seeds!)
 
Comparative garden pictures - left empty garden with a few plants, right garden with full plants.
The 2016 garden. On the left, late May; on the right, early June.

Jan Elder

 
Radish growing in the garden (left) and harvested radish (right).
One of our favorite early vegetables is French Breakfast radish. Radish growing in our 2017 garden (left), and one morning's harvest in 2015 (right).

Jan Elder

We found space for beans, tomatoes, corn, and cucumbers, but squash was planted late. We tried seeds, also squash plants started in pots. The seeds did not germinate and the young plants were killed by the hot summer temperatures; no squash was harvested in 2017.

In 2018 we will plant shorter rows of early vegetables—such as cabbage, onions, and spinach—leaving space to start the later vegetables when they should be planted.

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an's schedule (a trip to England) and the unpredictable weather has delayed planting in 2018. We hope to plant the early vegetables during the first week of April.

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egetables we plan to grow this year include: beans, beets, cabbage, corn, cucumber, lettuce, onions, peas, radish, spinach, squash, tomatoes, and turnips. Some of these we have grown in prior years with success—such as Old Homestead/Kentucky Wonder Pole Bean, Crosby's Egyptian Beet, Late Flat Dutch Cabbage, and Large Red Tomato. Other seeds are new (to us) such as: Jacob's Cattle Bush Bean (New England bean from Passamaquoddy tribe in Maine), Cherokee Trail of Tears Pole Bean (carried by Cherokees when they were moved to Oklahoma in 1839), and deGrace Snow Peas (grown in America by 1836).

 

Garden ploughed and planted. The officers longest at the post thinking to make sure of a crop; planted a great many onions; using the sets; with what result will be seen by and by. Assistant Surgeon S. G. Cowdrey, April 1874

 
White bowl with small red onions in it.
Our Wethersfield Red onion sets waiting for spring!

Jan Elder

The onions we will be planting this year will be sets (small onions). These sets are from onion seed that Jan grew last year; the small bulbs were pulled in the Fall and stored in a cool place all winter.

Last updated: July 9, 2018

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