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Title: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on April 11, 2017, 04:24:59 PM
This year will be a challenge and I know you guys will cheer me on so I can get it done. I am gardening in NH and this will be the 4th season gardening on this property. It will be a bigger challenge for me because I am having some health issues that are yet to be resolved and are seriously slowing me down.   

The good news is we are adding 2 more garden beds this year.  One for flowers near the house and the other one will be for potatoes and winter squash.  We also manged to get 2 large loads of wood chips delivered when the power company was trimming trees this winter. 

I will post pictures soon but I wanted to get this thread started. 
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: Jeff NH on April 12, 2017, 08:05:29 PM
Maybe you could have a planting party...
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: Cedar on April 12, 2017, 08:11:00 PM
Hope your health improves, and post pics of your garden when you can.

Cedar
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on April 13, 2017, 06:46:04 AM
Maybe you could have a planting party...

I hadn't thought of that. 

Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: RitaRose1945 on April 13, 2017, 11:39:39 AM
Yes, pics when you get a chance, please!
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on April 14, 2017, 07:11:17 AM

We have been snow free for about a week and the ground is finally thawing.  The daffodils are just starting to emerge.  So here is the beginning photos. 

(http://i.imgur.com/MH99KC7.jpg)

My dinning room has been taken over by baby chicks and seedling production. 



(http://i.imgur.com/p2ZKko8.jpg)

Here is the lower part of the garden.  The mesh is over the garlic bed. Last year we started putting wood chips between the raised beds because we could get them free from our town's transfer station. 



(http://i.imgur.com/Ir3i6w3.jpg)

This winter the power company was trimming trees along the road and delivered 2 loads of wood chips to us.  I love the when the wood chip leaves us presents. 



(http://i.imgur.com/XYzSbFa.jpg)

Unfortunately all 4 of our bee hives died this fall and winter.  It will let me put in a new garden bed behind the hives.  The chickens have been working on it for us.  I will be planting potatoes and winter squash in it.  I tried planting here last year but the bees keep stinging me. 



(http://i.imgur.com/p9YsiIz.jpg)

Since the hives are empty we are moving them.  My husband is building a new stand for the hives and putting up posts for electricity and eventually a bee hut.  This spot gets great morning sun and some afternoon shade and allow me to easily garden in the back yard.  He needs to finish this tomorrow.  I am getting 2 boxs of bees on Sunday.


(http://i.imgur.com/S496Z08.jpg)

One of my husband's other projects is the garden pond.  We are hoping to get it finished this summer.  It needs a liner and things keep popping up like a new well pump and MRI co pays that keep pushing the pond to a lower priority.



Here are some before photos of our various garden beds.

(http://i.imgur.com/kuP2mpf.jpg)

This is a strawberry bed in the lower left corner and flower bed on the right with 2 apple trees. You can see another bed near the wood chips and the corner of our mobile chicken coop.  The 8 baby NH Red chicks will be moving into it once next month.  The mobile coop will be in the back yard by then.


(http://i.imgur.com/uTpr8vm.jpg)

This is the herb bed that is just starting to come to life.

 

(http://i.imgur.com/bqOwS9T.jpg)

More raised beds and the edge of the future pond.



(http://i.imgur.com/fqMHQeU.jpg)

This is my kitchen garden.  We added this bed last year right in front of the porch. I am in the process of planting snap peas and spinach in it. It will also get kale, herbs and some other greens in it.  I like having the stuff I use the most close at hand when I am cooking. I am putting feed bags and cardboard down between the rows and they will be covered in wood chips.



(http://i.imgur.com/JfztsRQ.jpg)

Here is a photo of the big swale berm.  It is full of fruit trees and shrubs.  I am hoping to get it weeded and mulched this year. I also need to work on plant markers for all this stuff. 




 

Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: RitaRose1945 on April 14, 2017, 08:10:43 AM
That is REALLY cool!
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: Cedar on April 15, 2017, 04:37:02 PM
I remember when the heavy equipment came to your house, looking good


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My dining room has been taken over by baby chicks and seedling production. 

It happens... at least there are not carburetors on the kitchen table too?

Cedar
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on April 15, 2017, 05:43:39 PM
Yes.  We rented a backhoe to build the swales and many of the raised beds. 

Not carburetors on the kitchen table but I do have boxes of beads, wire and cabochon gemstones all over the living room floor right now.  Since I am sitting a lot these days I have started making jewelry again.

Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on April 16, 2017, 11:26:26 AM
Today I picked up 2 new boxes of bees! 
They are still getting settled.

(http://i.imgur.com/q3Icf2a.jpg)
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: Cedar on April 16, 2017, 12:27:09 PM
Italians?

Cedar
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on April 16, 2017, 01:14:08 PM
One box is Italians and the other is Carniolan.  I forgot to ask which box was which but I will figure it out once they are more settled. 

I have had Italians before and I tried Russians last year but they kept stinging me anytime I got near the hive and they died in fall so I am done with Russian bees. 
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: Jeremy Downing on April 16, 2017, 05:36:22 PM
That looks fantastic. Well done!
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: mountainmoma on April 16, 2017, 08:06:57 PM
Looking good !
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on April 19, 2017, 12:21:12 PM
Today  I am planting Hardy Kiwi and Seascape Strawberries while I get my well pump and pressure tank replaced.  Once the strawberry beds are weeded, planted, and mulched I need to get the asparagus, potatoes, and onions in the ground.
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on April 19, 2017, 05:54:52 PM
I am trying to hurry up and get everything either planted or prepped for planting as fast as I can.  I am in a race against time.  I don't know when I will run out of time but it will be when the tiny but thoroughly evil  black flies arrive.   

In that effort I hope to recruit my husband to do lots of digging and mulching this weekend.   The ground is thawed, we have a small mountain of wood chips and I just had 9 yards of compost delivered.

(http://i.imgur.com/5IAWdMn.jpg)

I am already putting it to good use.  I filled in my strawberry patch  and planted 3 hardy kiwi vines.

(http://i.imgur.com/YQzMazA.jpg)

These are Seascape day neutral strawberries and a 4 in one pear tree. 

(http://i.imgur.com/SbwcHZS.jpg)

My lovage is popping up along with my daffodils and  rhubarb

(http://i.imgur.com/AjhLIJr.jpg)

Here is one of the Hardy Kiwi.  There are 2 female and one male plant.
 
(http://i.imgur.com/Kdk3kkt.jpg)


Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: Jeremy Downing on April 20, 2017, 08:37:56 AM
Looks great. :)
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on April 24, 2017, 05:22:09 PM
It is finally getting warm enough for spring!  We were busy this weekend getting stuff in the ground and starting to get stuff fed and mulched for the season. 

(http://i.imgur.com/UqTnwed.jpg)
I am not worried about a hard freeze so the rain barrel is up and running for the season. 

(http://i.imgur.com/WIjtDYS.jpg)
The yard is greening up and the daffodils are blooming.  The fruit trees are just starting to bud.  I still need to take the mouse guards off season.   
The bees are loving the warm weather and early flowering trees. 

(http://i.imgur.com/fBQpLpD.jpg)
The front yard is starting to look a lot better.  I love all the flowers.

(http://i.imgur.com/Otnyxdq.jpg)
I came outside to find some shiitake mushrooms.  We keep these logs next to the
hose spigot so I can easily water them.

(http://i.imgur.com/NOVu81x.jpg)
This patch of wood chips is our Wine Cap  Mushrooms bed.  We are hoping to get them established in this spot and then spread them around the garden.     

(http://i.imgur.com/yGGdOZh.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/zS1VdCA.jpg)
My bunching onions and garlic are doing well.  I am hoping to mulch them with compost this week. 

(http://i.imgur.com/MruhYbO.jpg)
I have gotten the parsnips seeds in the ground.  I am hoping these do well this year. 

(http://i.imgur.com/fBMFNOZ.jpg)
The herb bed is just starting wake up.  I am hoping the high bush cranberries flower this year.

(http://i.imgur.com/DjpF77a.jpg)
My husband pounded in fence posts so I can contain the raspberry and blackberry canes. 

(http://i.imgur.com/LN0f5aE.jpg)
We also planted an asparagus bed this weekend.  The pathways still need to be mulched. 

(http://i.imgur.com/hSB3b4w.jpg)
My husband is reshaping several of my raised beds.  Since we are on the side of a hill and we are trying to have more consistency in our bed sizes so he build a jig for shaping the beds. 

(http://i.imgur.com/1BBkp9o.jpg)
This is King George.  He does a great job taking care of the hens.

(http://i.imgur.com/01RKMvW.jpg)
Here is King George and the girls working on my soon to be new garden bed.   




Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: Jeremy Downing on April 25, 2017, 06:22:38 AM
I love it. Looks awesome. :)
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: FrugalFannie on April 25, 2017, 07:56:50 AM
So many changes! It looks so good!

I love George. He's such a good caretaker of "his ladies."

Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on April 30, 2017, 02:40:40 PM
I built a new raised bed and planted potatoes at the same time.  I got the idea from one of my PDC teachers Sean Dembroski.  He is doing all sorts of cool things in the Finger Lakes region of NY.
http://www.edibleacres.org/video


I used my Meadow Creature to broad fork the bed.  Then I added a layer of compost and set the seed potatoes 12" apart in 2 rows. Then I dug up the soil in the walk way and piled it on top of the potatoes. 

(http://i.imgur.com/axUnN4I.jpg)

This is a photo half way through burying sprouted potatoes.

The seed potatoes were left over potatoes that we grew last year and didn't eat.  I figured they may or may not be diseased but I figured I would try them in a new garden plot that still needs to have raised bed made.

I put low tunnel hoops over the bed and covered it with netting.  You can see the bottoms of the low tunnel hoops in the bottom of the photo.  Hopefully this will keep the chickens from scratching apart the bed and keep the potato beetles off the plants.   
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 02, 2017, 05:20:31 PM
Today I plant my first tomatoes of the season in the cold frame. These are Tiny Tim tomatoes. They are a cherry tomato that only gets 1 to 2 feet tall. They are already starting to set flowers and I should start getting tomatoes in mid June. They should be done for the season just as the rest of the tomatoes start producing.  http://hudsonvalleyseed.com/vegetables/tomatoes/tiny-tim-tomato.html

(http://i.imgur.com/FhBFExD.jpg)
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 25, 2017, 06:50:16 PM
This is the big weekend to get the rest of the garden planted.  I will post more pictures once the planting is done.  Also we have had so many cloudy and rainy days I haven't had a nice sunny day to take photos. 

The big mile stone today is the little chickens but themselves away by themselves for the first time. They have been in the mobile a little over a week and finally venturing below to the covered run and today was the first time they also put themselves to bed at night.  They are a month and a half old and we will integrate them in with the rest of the flock once they are close to full size. 
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: FrugalFannie on May 31, 2017, 07:45:16 AM
Waiting on pictures but I hear it's raining.
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: Carl on May 31, 2017, 09:58:56 AM
  It look like it is coming along great Kate,today.
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on May 31, 2017, 12:14:12 PM
Waiting on pictures but I hear it's raining.

Pictures will be delayed a few more days.  My father in law had a stroke so my planting schedule has been delayed so I can help the family out. My father in law is recovering but he still has a long way to go.

It has been very cool and rainy this month so much of the planting has had to wait till things warmed up so it is not a bad thing that the planting is delayed.

I am hoping to get the rest of the spring planting done this weekend assuming it doesn't rain too much.



Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: Cedar on May 31, 2017, 12:17:38 PM
Looking for pics  :'(

Cedar
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 01, 2017, 10:54:51 AM
I believe the garden was waiting for me to leave for a few days to start growing.  Everything has exploded in the last few days. 

(http://i.imgur.com/Kf1iUNB.jpg)
The baby chicks are getting big.  I love when one of the older hens comes over and you can tell it is trying to teach the young ones how to forage.  I haven't caught it on film but I will keep trying.

(http://i.imgur.com/M0CXUEm.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/FVAZvK9.jpg)
George and the older girls are still just looking for treats. 

(http://i.imgur.com/ra72K13.jpg)
Here are the bee hives and I am finally getting getting wildflowers growing on this part of the hill.  Only the 2 hives on the left have bees.  The other frames are just being staged there till I need to put them on the hives.

(http://i.imgur.com/jqs4LZp.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/1X0lNhI.jpg)
I am growing potatoes under netting to see if it will keep the potato beetles off of them.  It is full of sunflower sprouts due to feeding the chickens there so they would scratch out the weeds before I planted.  I will pull them before I hill them up again and feed them to the chickens.   

(http://i.imgur.com/ObfWPe7.jpg)
The hazelnuts are doing well.  This one is the happiest of the bunch.

(http://i.imgur.com/Qdl1MsF.jpg)
The grass is really trying to take over.  My angelica is thriving, the asparagus has survived the deer trampling and I am not sure if the peach tree will make it.  It is just starting to leaf out and only on part of the tree. The other peach tree is in similar shape.

(http://i.imgur.com/KUUxhX4.jpg)
My lovage.  It took me 3 years of trying to get this established and it is thriving.  I use it to flavor soups and stews since I can't eat celery.  There is also strawberry, blueberries, and milkweed in this photo.

(http://i.imgur.com/0DmlXVB.jpg)
Here is part of the annual garden beds.  I now behind in getting them planted.  The peppers, tomatillos, and eggplant are in for the season and I have 2/3 of the tomatoes in these beds.  Garlic is in the background.

(http://i.imgur.com/aO0mwzh.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/RelAQpR.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/4kTGJFd.jpg)
Several of the raspberries are setting buds and my husband is super excited. 

(http://i.imgur.com/5yTFv3e.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/LMt8HIF.jpg)
The Jostaberries look like they are going to take off this year.  They were struggling last year. 

(http://i.imgur.com/EAOB77Y.jpg)
Hopefully this bed of wood chips will give us wine cap mushrooms this fall.  We are hoping to spread them throughout the garden once we get them established.

(http://i.imgur.com/2c7cs8w.jpg)
I only have 2 thornless blackberries so we are trying to tip root this one so can expand the berry patch. 

(http://i.imgur.com/veSm0yd.jpg)
This year's attempt at establishing an asparagus patch is much better than the last 2 attempts.  Hopefully the deer won't trample this batch. 

(http://i.imgur.com/9qfFstO.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/slburrW.jpg)
Something is trying to dig out my seedlings.  Luckily I have extra tomato seedlings to fill in with.  My husband is working on figuring out what it is and how it is getting into the garden.

(http://i.imgur.com/MUJLtZB.jpg)
This lilac was from a shrub that was being ripped out to make a community garden to grow veggies for a local soup kitchen.  Both the lilac and the garden are thriving.  I am hoping the lilac will flower next year. 

(http://i.imgur.com/4LoPODQ.jpg)
I hope I planted enough pepper plants. These are mostly sweet peppers and jalapenos. 

(http://i.imgur.com/tgT7a9y.jpg)
The garlic is looking really happy.  This is the 2nd season I have been saving my own garlic.  It is a hard neck variety called Music.  I am looking forward to scapes.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZgAGaLc.jpg)
I am experimenting with using cattle panels to support my bigger tomatoes.  I have Upstate Oxheart planted along this fence.  The fruits easily weigh 1 to 3 pounds each and love the flavor of these tomatoes.  They do tend to pull down weaker supports so I am hoping this works. 
http://hudsonvalleyseed.com/vegetables/tomatoes/upstate-oxheart-tomato.html

(http://i.imgur.com/cvhP54L.jpg)
These Irises were a gift from a friend last year.  They were a thank you for helping her with her first veggie garden.  Irises are one of my favorite flowers.

(http://i.imgur.com/m0y9blQ.jpg)
My thyme and sage are flowering already.  Unfortunately our local bee populations were hit really hard this past winter and I am not seeing all the native bees this year.

(http://i.imgur.com/iEwjl0V.jpg)
This is my oldest patch of waling onions.  I will be spreading the bulblets throughout my perennial plantings this fall.

(http://i.imgur.com/uHEIHLD.jpg)
I have named this oregano Godzilla.  It is about 3 feet in diameter and the number one favorite pollinator flower when it is blooming.  I never see less then 8 different kinds of pollinators on it.  I will be harvesting and drying the oregano to make it bloom latter and need to divide it and replant it on the hill.

(http://i.imgur.com/3504Spx.jpg)
Here is a very happy sage, comfrey, and sour pie cherry. I will cut the comfrey down once the blooms start to die. The bumble bees love them and there are not many of them this year. 

(http://i.imgur.com/ntfYNKA.jpg)
One of my high bush cranberry is blooming for the first time.  I love how pretty this shrub is. 

(http://i.imgur.com/FtaOzTE.jpg)
Last year I grew some multiplier potato onions.  I replanted them this spring.  They are so much easier than starting onions from seed. 

(http://i.imgur.com/ZnI7m4x.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/wyJHjPl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/axjZdaW.jpg)
My rhubarb is determined to flower this year.

(http://i.imgur.com/v3Y5GcO.jpg)
It looks like I won't need to buy bunching onion seed next year.

(http://i.imgur.com/8EX4lfo.jpg)
Blueberries

(http://i.imgur.com/FqooD9S.jpg)
We were going to get a pond liner this year till we had to get the well pump and pressure tank replaced.  So it will be a wildflower garden this year. 

(http://i.imgur.com/7oCJ3mV.jpg)
One of the strawberry beds.  These are ever bearing we are working on getting as much of the grass mulched as possible to slow the weeds downs and reduce watering.  We are on a windy hill with sandy soil that drains too well so we mulch.

(http://i.imgur.com/geXdyPR.jpg)
This is a male hardy Kiwi.  The 2 females are not doing well.  Hopefully they will make it but they need warmer conditions to get established than we had this spring.  Frost killed the sprouting leaves twice since I planted them.

(http://i.imgur.com/P11c28A.jpg)
I should have a lot of strawberries in a few weeks. My June bearing strawberries are very happy this year.  There are some walking onions, comfrey, daffodils, and irises in this bed too.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZOT5KJQ.jpg)
This comfrey is 4 feet tall and covered in blooms. 

(http://i.imgur.com/Fk8wmo7.jpg)
I love that all of this is in my front yard. 

(http://i.imgur.com/w1h5BtY.jpg)
I need to thin out the California Poppies and Boston Buttons.  I have more flowers I replace them with.  This berm full of flowers is my favorite part of the garden. 

(http://i.imgur.com/Cul8vXs.jpg)
Peas, carrots, parsnips, and diakon radish.  Unfortunately the flea beetles  are hitting the diakon pretty hard.  They also wiped out my early bock choi seedlings.

(http://i.imgur.com/hIywjV0.jpg)
My dwarf cherry tomatoes are finally starting to set flowers. I was hoping to get tomatoes by mid June but it doesn't look like I will be that lucky. 

(http://i.imgur.com/RfsmHP0.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/6eOS11E.jpg)
The kitchen garden is coming along nicely.  I have various herbs, snap peas, bush beans, and spinach growing here this year. 

(http://i.imgur.com/f1DAvpP.jpg)
One of my grapes is setting flowers this year.  I am hoping I get fruit this year.

I still have a ton of planting to do so I will post more when that is done. 
 



 
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: Carl on June 01, 2017, 11:18:53 AM
  Probably moles and or VOLES eating the good stuff, I use mint plants to persuade them to go somewhere else. Gravel in the soil will slow them from digging .
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 01, 2017, 12:46:53 PM
This sort of digging up seedlings looks like a skunk did it.  Could be a woodchuck since they love my garden.   I garden in NH and voles and moles are used to lots of rocks due to living in the Granite State. My property is glacial sand so it is easy to dig in, full of rocks, low in nutrients and low in organic matter.   
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: Carl on June 01, 2017, 12:54:45 PM
This sort of digging up seedlings looks like a skunk did it.  Could be a woodchuck since they love my garden.   I garden in NH and voles and moles are used to lots of rocks due to living in the Granite State. My property is glacial sand so it is easy to dig in, full of rocks, low in nutrients and low in organic matter.

I used to live in Virginia and Colorado , but paid little interest in gardening at that early age, almost any critter is going to take advantage of an easy meal...maybe a no-kill trap will entice them in for catch and release elsewhere...good luck.
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 01, 2017, 06:19:07 PM
I harvest the oregano from Godzilla.  Lots of weeding and bed prep happened this afternoon and my husband spent the evening mowing the grass.  Hopefully we will get caught up with the gardening this weekend.

Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 03, 2017, 11:25:51 AM
This morning my husband and I went to Home Depot to get some rolls of brown rolls of brown paper to experiment using under wood chips.  While we were there we found blueberry bushes on clearance for $4.00 each.  I bought 8 of them.  I also picked up iris, day lily, and Asiatic lilies for half price.  So I have more to plant. :)
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: Carl on June 03, 2017, 05:28:21 PM
  Good work on bargain bushes and I am curious on how the brown paper works out for you.
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 15, 2017, 10:52:06 AM
This is anew problem.  This apple tree has sunk several inches and now leans and is quite loose.  Something must be digging around under it.  I am wondering what if anything we can do to save it. 

(http://i.imgur.com/dij5gvV.jpg)
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on June 15, 2017, 11:20:20 AM
More photos of the garden.  I have most of the garden planted for the season.  I still have some flowers to get in the ground and some new blueberry shrubs I picked up on a whim. 


(http://i.imgur.com/28og7ze.jpg)
The hebd bed has been largely ignored this season.  It needs a good weeding and I wan to add more flowers to it. 

(http://i.imgur.com/OQ20g7v.jpg)
Here is a view from under the birch tree of the lower garden.  On the left side of the image is our row of ribes.  They are mostly raspberries with a couple of blackberries and jostaberries mixed in.  The rest are my annual beds.

(http://i.imgur.com/gxryQpF.jpg)
Here is a view of the same beds from the bottom of the hill.  Most things are just sprouting since we have had a cool wet spring.

(http://i.imgur.com/CvUucus.jpg)
I am happy that our third attempt to establish an asparagus patch in the garden is doing well.

(http://i.imgur.com/f2BseWf.jpg)
I would love to have my pole beans climb this cattle panel archway but the wood chuck loves Rattlesnake Pole Bean seedling are almost as tasty as my broccoli seedlings. Behind them are garlic, bunching onions, potato onions and a happy rhubarb.

(http://i.imgur.com/tpDiRnD.jpg)
These beds are just getting started and I am looking forward to the plants getting big enough so I can mulch them. 

(http://i.imgur.com/MD1v3Dr.jpg)
I don't think the sweet potatoes are going to make it. 

(http://i.imgur.com/qSeeMsQ.jpg)
Here is another shot of the herb bed.  It is a swale berm and contains herbs, shrubs and flowers.  The shrubs include highbush cranberry, blueberry, aronia berry, sour cherry, and a sweet crab apple tree.

(http://i.imgur.com/EPL8xg5.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/pOe62h8.jpg)
This is my current project now that the veggies are in.  The Boston Button flowers are taking over so I am thinning them out and planting other flowers in their place.  I will be tucking a few blue berries in because you can't have too many blueberries. 

(http://i.imgur.com/s5zVidF.jpg)
I need to cut down the comfrey but the strawberries are doing well. I love having fresh strawberries everyday.

(http://i.imgur.com/V5Gt8QG.jpg)
We are almost out of the wood chips the tree trimmers delivered this winter.  We will get more from the town transfer station but I loved having them delivered. In the beds I have snap peas, carrots, diakon radish, and parsnips.

(http://i.imgur.com/H0pFNr9.jpg)
I was hoping these would be covered in green tomatoes already but no such luck. They are a dwarf cherry variety that I planted out early in the cold frame but  they waited to start flowering.

(http://i.imgur.com/mzInHO1.jpg)
Here is my kitchen garden.  The wood chuck has enjoyed it so the snap peas are a little munched on.



 




Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: Carl on June 15, 2017, 12:38:28 PM
  It looks good to me as gardens depend so much on weather and water. My hand tossed garden really is just within a weed lot and only critters share the spoils. I still get plenty from it and actually do no work except to toss the seeds.
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: NickJ on June 15, 2017, 01:34:05 PM
On the Apple tree, I have had voles chew off the roots of young trees/bushes. It usually only happens in early spring though. Check your roots. I have cut some way back and replanted with some success.
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: mountainmoma on June 16, 2017, 07:14:18 AM
looking great !
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: PorcupineKate on July 26, 2017, 07:30:16 PM
It has been a while.  I keep forgetting to take photos because I keep getting distracted and I start various gardening chores.   :badgarden:

(http://i.imgur.com/6c3WJ5D.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Npg7DYO.jpg)
I love that my front yard looks like this.

(http://i.imgur.com/i6wD40b.jpg)
I have herbs and lettuce as an under story in this bed.

(http://i.imgur.com/QE1J4Zk.jpg)
My composting crew.  Unfortunately we had a fox attack earlier this year so they can no longer free range but I toss everything into the run for them to go through and it keeps them happy.

(http://i.imgur.com/RMEc3Tk.jpg)
This is the bed with the apple tree that sank due to the voles.  It seems to be doing OK so we see what happens.  We also ripped out a large amount of Boston Button flowers that took over with the drought last year.  I planted new flowers and added 5 blueberries and a red current.

(http://i.imgur.com/NixHJc7.jpg)
I am finally staring to tomatoes.

(http://i.imgur.com/7DUJDxI.jpg)
It has been a cool spring so the tomatoes are taking forever to get going but the snap peas are still going strong. I had most of this bed under row cover till recently to keep the critters form eating my parsnips.

Flowers
(http://i.imgur.com/wOIYW4z.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/kbn1zpI.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/3LMMvm6.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0NRxFwI.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/x6m98Dn.jpg)

We are using tarps to kill grass and weeds.  My husband was worried that this tarp would be full of mosquitoes. He was wrong.  It is hard to see but this puddle is full of tadpoles.
(http://i.imgur.com/4AhkP0x.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jdukF7s.jpg)
We have pears for the first time this year.

(http://i.imgur.com/BxvT2Wm.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Y3ue1Zl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/wXMO2JW.jpg)
The garlic is harvested and the potato onions are doing really well.
On the left is my favorite tomato Upstate Oxheart.  This is an heirloom from NY that has 2 to 3 pound fruits.  I have them trellised on a cattle panel and they are very happy. 

(http://i.imgur.com/LuwdGf7.jpg)
The high bush cranberry and the aronia berry shrubs are both full of berries.

(http://i.imgur.com/DwiVWwO.jpg)
The pond is still a wildflower garden. We had to replace the well pump and pressure tank so we are holding off getting a pond liner for another year.

(http://i.imgur.com/AigGOKV.jpg)
Blackberries this year.  The raspberries are producing too.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZYC2ZU1.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/YLKNkct.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/jGjLoDF.jpg)
I love cattle panel arches. 
 
(http://i.imgur.com/3dTUQn8.jpg)
We are going to get our first grapes this year.

Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: mountainmoma on July 27, 2017, 06:54:15 PM
It is realy filling in great !

Love the flowers mixed in all around too
Title: Re: Porcupine Kate's Garden 2017
Post by: Carl on July 27, 2017, 07:01:33 PM
Karma, You are working hard and the garden is looking great.