Thursday, May 3, 2012

Planting our Summer Garden 2012

Strawberries ripening in the sun during their second season, April 2012.
Our Summer planting has been a long time coming this year.  We started planting over a month ago and just filled up most of our available garden space as of this past weekend.  The biggest challenge we faced this year was an inability to find decent plants of the varieties we wanted to grow.  It took trips to three different nurseries and a farmer's market to yield the crop list below.

We are still in search of Sweet 100 or Sweet 1,000 tomato plants because although we've tried other varieties of cherry tomatoes, these are always the best producers and biggest hits with the kids.  And there are some things worth waiting for.  I'm not sure that cherry tomatoes should be one of them, but that's how it's worked out.

Green beans and corn seem to love our new eco-friendly mulch, April 2012.
Summer Crops 2012:
  • Corn- "Sweet White"- 6 plants.  A token amount but enough for the girls to see how corn grows
  • Green Beans- "Blue Lake" and "Fancy French Thin"- 6 each
  • Tomatoes- "Mortgage Lifter", "Amish Paste", Arkansas Traveler, and San Marzanos (planted from seed and yet to sprout-- this could be trouble)- 6 plants plus unknown number of possible seedlings
  • Basil- 2 generic, but good looking plants from Trader Joe's and a fancier Italian version planted from seed.  At least 6 seedlings have sprouted, but still remain in their infancy.  Seed package now recycled and exact variety unknown.
  • Pimiento peppers- 3 plants.  These plants were especially hard to find.  I had almost given up when I discovered some beautiful specimens at the Montrose Farmer's Market.  Have I mentioned my fondness for pimiento cheese?
In other crop news...
  • The radishes we planted in late Winter are now petering out.
  • We lost one green bean plant (I think it was a "Fancy French Thin") to some varmint who ate it down to the stem.
  • The garden has benefitted from a recent mulching, courtesy of Wiseacre Farms, who donated eco-friendly recycled rubber mulch to our garden.
  • The mole is back from time to time, but hasn't yet caused any drastic crop damage. 
  • The strawberries are going strong in their second year and we're enjoying eating them off the plant-- one by one and warm from the heat of the sun.  They have yet to make it into the house.
Return of the mole hole, April 2012.