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Area 51 - Garden 2012
« on: February 07, 2012, 11:12:07 AM »
New year, new garden.  I can't wait.  I'll try to be better about updating this thread too.  Often I do my blog updates and forget to copy them here.

In the garden right now I have some various herbs that have over wintered as well as Buttercrunch leaf lettuce, Green towers head lettuce, California Early White Garlic, French Red Shallots, Elephant garlic and some really sad Georgia Collard Greens (garlic and Shallots from Peaceful Valley Farms).

I broke me soil cube out again and got down to work about a week and a half ago. HERE is my blog post detailing it all. I ended up making 60 cubes, 12 each of the following...

    Georgia Collard Greens, from a local seed and feed store
    Broccoli – Calabrese organic seed, from Peaceful Valley Farms
    Cauliflower – Snowball organic seed, from Peaceful Valley Farms
    Broccoli – Di Ciccio organic seed, from Peaceful Valley Farms
    Green Kale, from a local seed and feed store



So far so good.  I had seeds germinate in every cube!



I had to do some thinning last night, hopefully, things went well though and I didn't get overzealous. I'll keep the updates coming.



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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2012, 12:04:41 PM »
Excellent.  Thanks for sharing this.

I hope those broccoli sprouts that you culled didn't go to waste.  They taste great and are supposed to have a huge amount of vitamins, nutrients, etc.

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2012, 05:59:17 PM »
Peat sprinkled around the base of the seedlings on top of the blocks for anti-dampening off protection.

Nice touch.

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2012, 09:56:08 PM »
Excellent.  Thanks for sharing this.

I hope those broccoli sprouts that you culled didn't go to waste.  They taste great and are supposed to have a huge amount of vitamins, nutrients, etc.

Thanks, glad you liked the setup.I must confess I wish I had, but they were only composted.  :-[

Peat sprinkled around the base of the seedlings on top of the blocks for anti-dampening off protection.

Nice touch.

;)

Thank you for noticing  8)

I did a massive photo upload on my blog today.  HERE is the link to the post with all the pics.  I'll post a few below, but there are too many for me to mess with right now when I can just link to them.

Out of control Oregano


My Elephant Garlic is doing good, here is a comparison if the stalk of it next to a ballpoint pen


California Early White Softneck Garlic bed


Lettuce bed is still providing salads.


Also, the Camellias are in bloom.

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2012, 05:17:57 AM »
Oregano doesn't ever give up.  Not as bad as mint but it is always thinking about spreading

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2012, 08:32:44 AM »
You ain't kidding, lol.  I actually have mint in the bed next to it. This past summer the mint invaded and it and the Oregano tried to take over that bed.  I thought the mint had choked the oregano out, but after pulling the mint I was surprised to see the Oregano had gone from one square to 4. I love both those herbs though so, it works out. ;)

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2012, 03:28:55 PM »
Sorry I am so bad about keeping this thread up to date.

Below is a shot of my first set of plant starts. I am glad I wrote down what they were as the difference is almost impossible for me to distinguish.

In order from left to right the vegetables pictured above are as follows:

 

    Georgia Collard Greens, from a local seed and feed store
    Broccoli – Calabrese organic seed, from Peaceful Valley Farms
    Cauliflower – Snowball organic seed, from Peaceful Valley Farms
    Broccoli – Di Ciccio organic seed, from Peaceful Valley Farms
    Green Kale, from a local seed and feed store



Here is an up-close shot of some Cauliflower, Broccoli and Kale.


Here are my mint beds, coming alive.


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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2012, 03:37:11 PM »
Cannot kill mint short of using a flame thrower...

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #8 on: February 29, 2012, 04:13:29 PM »
FYI,
"your" mint has escaped the rhizome barriers I surrounded it with.

I'm just going to let it own the section; it has to go through the house or across 12 feet of brick patio to escape the next barriers

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #9 on: February 29, 2012, 04:53:38 PM »
Yeah, I should have warned you, LOL.  Mint is as hard to kill as Archer said, but my strain in particular is a BEAST.  Definitely an ego booster to the beginning gardener though, at least it was for me, hahaha. I often do just as much Mint trimming outside of the "mint" beds as in it. 

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2012, 04:40:35 PM »
I did a video update on my blog and thought I'd share it with you guys. Let me know what you.  Thanks!

http://youtu.be/0EAR-EFXvBg

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2012, 10:04:18 AM »
I liked the shallot scapes so much last year, I decided to plant 16 more in pots to match the ones I already have in the ground.



I planted 6 bok choy plants in pots and they are all coming up.



I replanted my lettuce beds.  You can see the buttercrunch coming up from underneath the black seeded simpson from last Fall.



Bad news. The neighborhood bunny is back and has struck again. Here is evidence on one of my shallots.



The collards from last Fall are going to seed.



I also put some straw down as groundcover between my beds.





2 types of tomatoes and a tray of jalapenos ready to be thinned out.



To get a jump on things with my potatoes I decided to start them off by sprouting them in jars and then transplant them later.



Lastly, my tulips are up.  Bring on the bees!


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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #12 on: March 16, 2012, 04:04:21 AM »
Someone's been busy

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2012, 07:55:02 AM »
Yeah, lol.  I had some spare time on my hands.

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2012, 08:01:12 PM »
Picture update time...

tomatoes to be transplanted


blooming blueberry bushes


catnip courtesy of Cohutt


oregano overcomes all odds


much mint


starting stevia


emerging elephant garlic going gangbusters


garlic going gonzo


banging bok choi (chinese cabbage)


leaf lettuce looming


I hope ya'll enjoyed my pictures and alliteration.  :)

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2012, 07:36:39 PM »
Nice update.

In follow up to the texts we exchanged on elephant garlic harvest timing:  I pulled mine June 6 last year: http://cohutt.com/2011/06/06/curing-garlic/

As mild as the weather has been for the last few months my garlic looks like it will be ready a little earlier this year.

The regular garlic was further along as far as leaves dying, so I may have pulled the EG a little early.   All cloves were saved for seed; this year i should have a few to eat ;)

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2012, 08:13:24 PM »
Thanks again for the advice.  It seems like everything is running about 2 weeks ahead of schedule this year.

I transplanted 24 tomato plants outdoors today. (12 beefsteak & 12 burbank)

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2012, 05:13:11 PM »
Photo update time!

Blueberries coming in


My stevia is coming back


Elephant garlic scapes


Shallot scapes


I harvested some shallot scapes for dinner last night. I cut them into 3 inch pieces and saute in balsamic vinegar and top off with a little sea salt.


I also harvested some oregano and rosemary and hung it to dry in the kitchen.


Lastly, my rosebushes are in full bloom. I can't wait to harvest the rose hips and make jelly.

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2012, 07:01:39 PM »
Nice looking garden Roswell. I purchased stevia seeds this year, how tough is it to grow?  I'm getting some EG from the same guy I got the garlic from last year, so it should be pretty good. I hope it looks that good! 

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2012, 07:14:32 PM »
Thanks Joe!  The stevia wasn't hard to grow at all really. I grew some from seed last year indoors and transplanted it outdoors.  Then this year I had 3 plants come up out of the root system of a single plant without doing anything. Just make sure to plant it where it gets plenty of sun.

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2012, 07:29:48 PM »
Thanks Joe!  The stevia wasn't hard to grow at all really. I grew some from seed last year indoors and transplanted it outdoors.  Then this year I had 3 plants come up out of the root system of a single plant without doing anything. Just make sure to plant it where it gets plenty of sun.


Alright. I've got a few places in mind but finding good sunny spots around here is getting difficult.  8)  I had planned on direct sowing it but I'll start in indoors. Thanks for the tip!

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #21 on: April 15, 2012, 08:22:49 PM »
Snip that elephant garlic scape now and you'll get much bigger bulbs/cloves....    they are tender when small like that and are great to add to about anything in a saute pan or soup/broth

(I promised mrs cohutt I'd let a couple flower; she likes the look of them and they last forever when cut )

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Re: Area 51 - Garden 2012
« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2012, 06:54:49 PM »
Snip that elephant garlic scape now and you'll get much bigger bulbs/cloves....    they are tender when small like that and are great to add to about anything in a saute pan or soup/broth

(I promised mrs cohutt I'd let a couple flower; she likes the look of them and they last forever when cut )

Thanks for the tip! I will definitely heed your advice.