I haven’t written in a while as the planting season has been upon us. Now that the danger of a freeze is basically over (never say never tho) I’ve been busy first weeding the vegetable garden and now planting the veggie garden. Most everything will be in by end of this week.
In addition to part of my garden being an Italian garden, I just finished up a new shade garden. I have a semi-shady area where a shed and juniper shade early in the day but I needed shade from the intense sun in the afternoons. I put shade cloth from Home Depot, over the top of an arbor to shade some late season cool crops still in the ground like peas and Fava beans. Also planted some heat tolerant lettuces under row cover yesterday.
TOMATOES: 54 were transplanted in on June 5th in wall of waters (WOWs). Many of them are now peeking out of the WOWs and they need to be taken off. I put row cover around the cages and over the top (acts as a physical barrier) to keep the dreaded beet leafhopper from the plants.
LETTUCE: Last night I planted some heat tolerant lettuce and Violetta pak choi in the new shade garden.
ARTICHOKE: More of an ornamental here but so beautiful. Transplanted yesterday.
BEANS-Borlotti-Lamon: An Italian variety of a dry bean. Pre-started the seeds inside. Coming up now and will be ready to transplant this week. Pole variety.
BEANS: Emerite-pole variety of a French haricot bean. Pick when pencil thin.
RUNNER BEANS-pole beans-Painted Lady and a Chartreuse leaf variety of Scarlet Runner. Beautiful flowers and you can eat the beans when young or save for dry bean recipes like soups.
PEPPERS: I wait to plant peppers till June 1 till it really warms up and we are now in the 50’s at nite so all peppers will go in this week under row cover. Varieties include: Shishito, Jimmy Nardello, Caribbean Seasoning, Poblano (for chile relleno), Pasilla (for mole sauce), Aji Amarillo Grande, and Baby Aji Amarilla both from Peru.
EGGPLANTS: ‘Fairy Tale’ variety. Will go in with peppers this week under row cover.
CHARD/KALE: Lacinato, Vates Curly varieties of kale and Argentata chard. I have baby plants to put in this week. Coulda, shoulda already be in the ground but not enough time.
FLOWERS: Many flowers by seed-Cosmos, Zinnias, Nasturtiums, Asylum, morning glories, different sunflowers. Calendula and Marigolds are transplants.
SUMMER SQUASH: Costata Romanesco zucchini, Bennings Green Tint patty pan. Seeds went in the ground last week. A few popping up under the row cover.
WINTER SQUASH: Butternut Rogosa Violina “Gioia”. Seeds in the ground today.
GIANT PUMPKIN: This time I put seeds in the ground instead of pre-growing them. Not up yet.
CORN: Glass Gem INDIAN CORN. Not in yet. Hopefully this week.
ONIONS/LEEKS-transplants going in this week. Very late going in-will see how they do.
BEETS-Chiogga variety. Seeds went in this week. Will get fall harvest from them.
CARROTS: Atomic Red and Cosmic Purple went in this week for fall harvest.
CUCUMBERS: Seeds going in this week around teepees to grow up. Varieties include: EATING:Poona Kheera. PICKLING: Parisian (cornichon), Boothsby Blonde (Bread n butters), and Russian Pickling (dill).
STILL TO COME THIS WEEK: I’m going to try a short season variety of Sweet potatoes called Beauregard (90 days t0 harvest). Getting slips of it in mail.